Gary Gentry, Seagate vice president of Strategic Marketing and Planning, will deliver the opening keynote speech at the 2004 Storage Visions and Home Gateway Conference at CES, on January 6, 2004 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This annual event is a venue for the discussion of critical technology and market issues for the implementation of a completely digital entertainment industry.

Gentry’s keynote speech will launch the conference by challenging the industry to look beyond the next few years to meet the technology requirements of rapidly changing applications for content creation, content distribution and home and mobile entertainment consumption. On day two of the conference, January 7, Rob Pait, Seagate director of Global Consumer Electronics Marketing, will speak about how and why storage is becoming embedded in our daily lives, and will address the rate of storage integration into consumer devices and requirements for storage architectures. Also on January 7, Jeremy Tennenbaum, Seagate executive vice president of Business Development and Strategic Planning, will talk about the challenges facing content storage companies trying to attract venture funding.

The conference’s in-depth sessions and panels will also feature industry leaders and innovators such as Avid, Concurrent, Intel, Kasenna, nCube, Pace Micro Technology, Scientific Atlanta, Sony, SGI and many others.

Seagate hard drives are used by the world’s top Consumer Electronics device makers. With Seagate drives, consumers now have unprecedented control of their media sources. Seagate drives help people control TV content with Personal Video Recorders, music in digital jukeboxes, and the immersive online game experiences of hard drive-enabled game consoles like Xbox.

Seagate provides dedicated labs to help Consumer Electronics device makers design their products. Seagate’s Design Service Centers (DSC) offer a variety of testing, integration and mechanical analysis services, to help customers design, innovate and deliver a new world of hard drive-capable entertainment.

The 2004 Storage Visions and Home Gateway Conference at CES brings together industry visionaries, content providers, technology developers and end users to focus on the intersection of data storage with content creation, content delivery, and home, auto and mobile Consumer Electronics systems. During the evening reception on January 6, 2004, the Storage Visions/Home Gateway Conference Awards will be presented to firms that advance the state of the art in storage technologies utilized in consumer electronics, and in the media and entertainment industries, and to service firms that support those businesses.