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OAW

(Optically Assisted Winchester) An earlier disk technology under development by Seagate in the late 1990s. Magneto-optic in principle, it differed because both laser and magnetic components were on the same side of the platter. OAW used a fiber to direct light via a rotating MEMS mirror. The technology was later folded into Seagate's research on heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR). See HAMR, magneto-optic disk and MEMS.
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Such risk factors include, among others, the following: the uncertainties related to the development and introduction of products based upon new technologies, including the technological and economic viability of the OAW technology and related subsystems, manufacturing ramp and customer acceptance; the highly competitive nature of Seagate's industry and the rapid technological change within Seagate's industry; the uncertainty of patent and proprietary technology protection and the risks associated with litigation regarding the patents and other intellectual property rights; the importance of retention and attraction of key technical and other employees; general economic and business conditions; and other factors listed from time to time in Seagate's SEC reports.
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