Cruzer Contour's Unique Slider Brings Out and Hides the USB Connector,
With High Capacity, Fast Transfer Rates and Strong Security on the Inside
MILPITAS, CALIF., June 25 /CNW/ - SanDisk(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK)
today announced availability of Cruzer(R) Contour(TM), a sleek USB flash drive
that brings together high-end design and blazing speed. Much like a fine
wristwatch, Cruzer Contour is a luxury personal accessory as well as a piece
of functional technology.
What especially sets apart Cruzer Contour, with its glossy black top and
silver metallic body, is the drive's unique sliding USB connector. Using a
thumb to slide the top of Cruzer Contour back and forth brings out or hides
the connector. There's no visible switch, and no cap to lose.
"Cruzer Contour is a showpiece of innovative design, bringing a new look
to the category of USB flash drives," said Roy Ramati, vice president of
marketing for the USB business unit at SanDisk. "And the beauty here is more
than skin deep, with Cruzer Contour's expansive storage capacity, fast data
transfer, strong security and generous bundle of pre-loaded software."
Available in 4 gigabyte (GB)(1) and 8 GB capacities, Cruzer Contour's
-- Design. The slider requires nothing more than two flicks of the
thumb. Moving the top back and then forward brings out the connector, while
moving the top forward and then back pulls in the connector. When Cruzer
Contour is connected to a computer, blue LEDs illuminate the word "Cruzer" on
the drive's top.
-- Performance. Cruzer Contour delivers a write speed of 18 MB/sec(2),
double the performance of SanDisk's previous top-of-the-line retail model.
Read speed for Cruzer Contour is two-thirds faster at 25 MB/sec(2). Cruzer
Contour also supports the ReadyBoost feature in Microsoft Windows Vista, which
taps unused storage space on USB flash drives to improve system performance -
especially when several applications are running simultaneously.
-- Pre-installed software. Cruzer Contour offers U3 technology for
running applications directly from the drive, without those applications
having to be installed on the computer. U3-compatible software provided free
with the drive includes the PC phone service Skype(TM), SanDisk's own
CruzerSync(TM) for synchronizing files between a PC and the drive, the
password manager program SignupShield(TM) Passwords from Protecteer, and a
trial version of anti-virus software. Just for fun, there are two titles from
Big Fish Games: Sudoku and Mahjong Towers Eternity.
-- Security. Cruzer Contour provides password protection through U3,
backed by AES hardware encryption. This is much stronger than the
software-based security available on some USB flash drives. With password
protection turned on, Cruzer Contour owners have less to worry about if the
drive is lost or stolen.
Pricing and Availability
Cruzer Contour will become available in Canada in July.
The 4GB model has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (Canadian MSRP)
of $100, and the 8GB model $205.
SanDisk is the original inventor of flash storage cards and is the
world's largest supplier of flash data storage card products, using its
patented, high-density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is
headquartered in Milpitas, California, and has operations worldwide, with more
than half its sales outside the U.S.
(1) 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes.
(2) Based on SanDisk internal testing; performance may be lower depending
upon host device. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes.
SanDisk's web site/home page address: http://www.sandisk.com
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SanDisk, the SanDisk logo, Cruzer and CruzerSync are trademarks of
SanDisk Corporation, registered in the U.S. and other countries. Cruzer
Contour is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. U3 is a trademark of U3, LLC.
Skype and the Skype logo are trademarks of Skype Technologies S.A.
SignupShield is a trademark of Protecteer, LLC. Other brand names mentioned
herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including
expectations for new product introductions, specifications, applications,
markets, pricing, customer acceptance and customers that are based on our
current expectations and involve numerous risks and uncertainties that may
cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate. Risks that may cause
these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: market
demand for our products may grow more slowly than our expectations, there may
be a slower adoption rate for these products in new markets that we are
targeting, our products may not be available at the prices, dates or in the
geographies we anticipate, our products may not perform as expected, no
security technology can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, and the other risks
detailed from time-to-time under the caption "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in
our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not
limited to, Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We do not intend
to update the information contained in this press release.
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