SanDisk Offers New Flash-Based Accelerator to Speed up System Performance in Consumer Laptops and PCs



    SanDisk Vaulter Disk, a PCI Express Module, Wins 2008 Best of Innovations
Award From Consumer Electronics Association

    NEW YORK, November 13 /CNW/ - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:  SNDK) today
unveiled a solid-state storage solution that works in conjunction with a PC's
hard drive to store and launch the computer's operating system and software
applications. The new SanDisk Vaulter(TM) Disk tag-teams with the hard drive
to provide enhanced performance over a PC that has only a hard drive. Both
Vaulter and the hard drive are integrated into the PC and operate
simultaneously, while maintaining a low cost per gigabyte.

    The SanDisk Vaulter Disk was honored during a press conference at CES
Unveiled, where the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced its 2008
Innovations Design and Engineering awards for products that will debut at
International CES(R) (Jan. 7-10) in Las Vegas. Judges named the SanDisk
Vaulter the Best of Innovations 2008 in the Enabling Technologies category.
Vaulter and other products will be on display during CES in the SanDisk booth
(South Hall 3, #30768).

    With SanDisk's Vaulter Disk, which is a flash-based PCI Express module,
both laptop and desktop computer manufacturers are able to harness the speed
of embedded flash memory for frequently accessed files while continuing to use
a spinning hard drive for bulk storage of less frequently accessed data. The
Vaulter Disk requires only enough memory to host the computer's operating
system and selected optional user data that is benefited by the faster access
time using flash memory. The hard drive stores files, user-generated content
and applications that do not require or benefit from faster seek times. The
two drives operate in parallel, thereby increasing the overall speed and
performance of the PC.

    The SanDisk Vaulter Disk will be offered to original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs) early next year in capacities of from 8 gigabytes (GB)(1)
to 16GB. "This system solution brings SanDisk's flash performance benefits to
the price-sensitive consumer who needs high-capacity storage," said Doreet
Oren, SanDisk director of product marketing for the computing solutions
division. "While we make other products for the PC market, Vaulter allows us
to expand our offerings," she added.

    SanDisk Vaulter Disk accelerates performance by pre-controlling the
distribution of storage data between itself and a high-capacity hard drive.
This parallel activity increases overall user responsiveness over a hard
drive-only configuration.

    "SanDisk Vaulter Disk consistently boosts user responsiveness by taking
advantage of the best native characteristics of a flash-based module and a
hard drive," said Tavi Salomon, Vaulter product manager at SanDisk. "It is the
parallel operation of both Vaulter and the hard disk that provides an
affordable solution for consumer PC users who will benefit from flash memory
performance."

    The SanDisk Vaulter Disk's storage concept, for which patents have been
applied, transparently speeds up data retrieval for boot and application load
operations, as well as unexpected user access to new files. With SanDisk
Vaulter Disk, Salomon explained, there is faster response time when a user
randomly accesses many small files for repeated operations, such as opening
applications, and for unexpected behavior, such as retrieving new applications
or entries on the Internet.

    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.

    SanDisk's product and executive images can be downloaded from

    http://www.sandisk.com/corporate/media.asp

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

    SanDisk and the SanDisk logo are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation,
registered in the United States and other countries. Vaulter is a trademark of
SanDisk Corporation. 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, specifications, applications and
markets 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: these products may not perform as expected,
these products may not be available when 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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For further information:

For further information: SanDisk Corporation Ken Castle, 408-801-2195
Ken.Castle@sandisk.com

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