SanDisk Launches 64 Gigabyte Solid State Drives for Notebook PCs, Meeting Needs for Higher Capacity



    New Products on Display at Computex 2007, Taiwan's International
Information Technology Show

    MILPITAS, CALIF., June 4 /CNW/ - Reaching for the "sweet spot" of memory
storage for laptop computers, SanDisk(R) Corporation (NASDAQ:  SNDK) today
expanded its line of solid state drive (SSD) products with the introduction of
a 64-gigabyte (GB)(1) SSD aimed at both enterprise users and early adopter
consumers such as gamers. SanDisk 1.8-inch UATA 5000 and 2.5-inch SATA 5000
SSD products, which already are available in a 32GB capacity, are compatible
as drop-in replacements for hard disk drives in most mainstream notebook
computers.

    The announcement was made at Computex Taipei 2007, where SanDisk is
showcasing its comprehensive line of storage products for use in industrial
and system-level embedded applications. SanDisk's new 64GB SSD will be on
display in Hall 1 in Booths C1000, 1002 and C1004 along with other SanDisk OEM
embedded flash storage products such as iNAND(TM) and mDOC H3.

    "Laptop manufacturers have requested more memory capacity for systems
that use the Microsoft Vista platform, which can require a number of preloaded
accessories and security suites," said Doreet Oren, SanDisk director of SSD
product marketing. "Also, there is interest in developing laptops for gaming,
and the SSD is well-suited for the performance and memory requirements of
those users. Thus, by offering greater capacities on our SSD products, we are
making our products more appealing to a wider customer base."

    Compared to conventional hard drives still found in most notebook
computers, SanDisk SSDs offer key benefits to computer manufacturers and their
customers:

    --  Durability and reliability. SanDisk SSDs deliver 2 million hours mean
time between failures (MTBF)(2), approximately six times more than notebook
hard disks. With no moving parts, SanDisk SSDs are also much less likely to
fail when a notebook computer is dropped or exposed to extreme temperatures.

    --  High performance. With no moving parts, the flash-based SSD starts
working almost immediately to achieve far better access speeds than a
conventional hard disk drive. For example, in notebook computers, data moves
to and from an SSD more than 100 times faster than data moving to and from a
hard disk. SanDisk SSDs offer a sustained read rate of 67 megabytes (MB) per
second(3) and a random read rate of 7,000 inputs/outputs per second (IOPS) for
a 512-byte transfer(4). As a result, notebooks equipped with a 2.5-inch
SanDisk SSD can boot Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Vista(TM) Enterprise in as little
as 30 seconds(5) and access files at an average speed of 0.11 milliseconds(6).
A notebook using a hard disk requires an average 48 seconds to boot and an
average 17 milliseconds to access files.

    --  Low power consumption. Compared to a typical hard disk drive, which
consumes 1.9 watts(7) during active operation, SanDisk SSDs consume 1.0 watt
(0.5 watts for 1.8") while active and as little as 0.4 watts (0.2 watts for
1.8") while idle. This difference in power efficiency is particularly
important in extending battery life for road warriors, enabling them to remain
productive while in transit.

    Gartner projects global consumption of SSDs in consumer and business
notebooks to leap from about 4 million units in 2007 to 32 million units in
2010(8).

    SanDisk SSD products are available now to manufacturers. The company
plans to offer 64GB engineering samples in the third quarter, with mass
production planned to commence prior to the end of the year. More information
about SanDisk SSD products is available online at www.sandisk.com/ssd.

    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 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes; 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes.

    (2) MTBF is calculated based on Parts Stress Method of Telcordia SR-332

    (3) H2BENCH 3.6: average access time = average seek time + average
latency time

    (4) IOMETER 2003.12.16

    (5) Stopwatch test performed internally at SanDisk; notebook computer
(Intel Core 2 Processor T7200, 2.00GHz, 997MHz, 1.0GB RAM DDR2-533 SDRAM);
Microsoft Windows Vista

    (6) H2BENCH 3.6: average access time = average seek time + average
latency time

    (7) MobileMark 2005; notebook computer (Intel Core Duo Processor ULV
U2500), 1.20GHz, 533MHz, 1.0GB, DDR2-533 SDRAM

    (8) According to "Dataquest Insight: Expect PCs to Impact the NAND Flash
Market after 2008," 15 December 2006, page 21-22.

    SanDisk's product and executive images can be downloaded from
www.sandisk.com/corporate/media.asp

    SanDisk's web site/home page address: www.sandisk.com

    SanDisk and the SanDisk logo are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation,
registered in the United States and other countries. Other brand names
mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the
trademarks of their respective holder(s).

    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including
expectations for new product introductions, applications, markets, 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 or there may be a slower adoption rate for these
products in new markets that we are targeting, product introductions may be
delayed, our products may not perform as expected, and the other risks
detailed from time-to-time 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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