Quantum moves another step with Bigfoot

Quantum moves another step with Bigfoot

Quantum has moved its Bigfoot range another step forward with the release of its TS series of desktop hard disk drives. The 5.25in Bigfoot TS includes drives with capacities of 6.4GB, 12.7GB and 19.2GB.

It is said to be targeted at home users, small business and the "value-oriented PC market", with a claim that the series represents the highest capacity desktop drive for the lowest cost per megabyte.

Quantum Asia-Pacific marketing manager David Rawcliffe claims "the Bigfoot TS series offers customers the highest capacity and value in the market today".

A recent addition to Quantum's Australian hard disk distribution channel is specialist storage device distributor Cosmotec.

OEM demand

According to Cosmotec managing director Arthur Erdstein, there is strong OEM demand for the high-capacity drives, but it is the PC and drive manufacturers rather than the applications that are pushing the demand along.

"The single-platter storage capacity of these 5.25in devices continues to increase, delivering better value for integrators happy to use the larger format," he said.

As a long-time Seagate distributor and now a recycled Quantum distributor (Cosmotec returned as a Quantum distributor after a two-year break), Erdstein has an interesting perspective on the local hard-drive market.

"While both vendors have shifted the country management role back to regional headquarters in Singapore, it will be interesting to see what happens with product allocation," he added.

According to Rawcliffe, the new range is now in full production and is expected to be in stock in Australia by early November. Initial production is being taken up by the big consumer-oriented PC vendors, as it is this value market that continues to pull the Bigfoot along. The 5.25in range represents about 20 per cent of Quantum's hard drive business.

The RRP for the Bigfoot TS Ultra ATA 6.4GB is $355, while the 12.7GB drive is priced at $555 and the 19.2GB at $799.

Quantum hard drives are distributed by Electronic Resources Australia, Tech Pacific and Cosmotec Australia.

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