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 LaCie has a large market share in Europe and Japan, markets Seagate is interested to get their brand into. More of note is LaCie had enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Apple, being the primary pioneer in the use of a new external storage technology, Thunderbolt, developed by Intel and Apple. Seagate has yet to deliver devices with native support of Thunderbolt, only adaptors. So, this is a huge leap for Seagate’s ability to deliver devices incorporating this new technology.  Lacie’s US headquarters are in Hillsboro.