SanDisk Launches Solid State Drive for Low-Cost PC Market to Stimulate Education Programs in the Developing World

    SanDisk uSSD 5000 Solid State Drive - An Inexpensive Embedded Module -
Substitutes For Costlier Hard Disks; Will Be Used In The Intel-Powered
Classmate PC

    BERLIN, August 31 /CNW/ - Joining global efforts to bring affordable
personal computers to millions of people in developing nations, SanDisk(R)
Corporation (NASDAQ:  SNDK) today announced the uSSD(TM) 5000 solid state drive
(SSD), which can be used as an economical substitute for hard disk drives in
sub-$250 PCs. Among the first computers using uSSD solid state drives will be
the Intel-powered classmate PC, intended for educational markets in emerging

    The announcement was made at IFA, the world's largest consumer
electronics show, where SanDisk is exhibiting at Booth 130, in Hall 15.1 of
Messe Berlin, through Sept. 5.

    SanDisk's uSSD 5000 solid state drive is a USB module designed to be
embedded directly onto the motherboard of low-cost PCs as a hard disk
replacement. The uSSD 5000 solid state drive supports a variety of operating
systems, including Microsoft's Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Embedded,
Windows Embedded for Point of Service and Windows CE, as well as Linux. The
uSSD 5000 solid state drive is expected to be available in capacities from 2
gigabytes (GB)(1) to 8 GB.

    This is the first SSD product from SanDisk to be offered with SanDisk's
patented multi-level cell (MLC) technology. MLC technology doubles
data-storage capacities in the same physical space as single-level cell (SLC)
technology, resulting in significant cost savings.

    "The low-cost educational PC category is an emerging market for flash
storage where low cost, ruggedness and low power consumption will be the
primary factors for broad-based adoption," said Greg Rhine, senior vice
president and general manager of the Consumer Products Division at SanDisk.
"At 2GB, the uSSD 5000 solid state drive delivers the necessary storage
capacity for low-cost PCs at significantly less cost than conventional hard
drives, while meeting performance and reliability requirements for this
market. We are proud to have been chosen for the Intel-powered classmate PC, a
product that demonstrates how inexpensive SSDs can contribute to the worthy
cause of improving education in the developing world."

    Compared to conventional hard disk drives, SanDisk's uSSD 5000 solid
state drives are advantageous in low-cost PCs for a variety of reasons:

    --  Cost Effectiveness - uSSD 5000 solid state drives at 2GB are
significantly less expensive than even the lowest-capacity conventional hard
disk drives. Future generations of flash memory will usher in higher storage
capacities at the requisite price points.

    --  Ruggedness - With no moving parts, SanDisk's uSSD 5000 solid state
drives are a perfect fit for kid's classroom wear-and-tear. The durability of
uSSD 5000 solid state drives surpasses mechanical hard disk drives.

    --  Reliability - SanDisk's uSSD 5000 solid state drives deliver high
reliability based on advanced flash management technology including powerful
error detection and correction algorithms.

    --  Small - At 27mm x 38mm, uSSD 5000 solid state drives are about
one-fourth the size of 1.8-inch hard disk drives.

    --  Strong Performance - uSSD 5000 solid state drives with MLC technology
offer performance more than sufficient for the low cost PC market.

    SanDisk uSSD 5000 solid state drives are expected to be available for
customer sampling in 30 days, with volume availability expected in the fourth
quarter, in capacities ranging from 1 to 8 gigabytes. In addition to the uSSD
5000 brand, SanDisk offers other SSD products in 4-, 8-, 16-, 32- and 64-GB
capacities. More information about SanDisk SSD products is available online at

    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 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes

    SanDisk's product and executive images can be downloaded from

    SanDisk's web site/home page address:

    SanDisk and the SanDisk logo are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation,
registered in the United States and other countries. uSSD 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, applications, markets, 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 or there may be a slower
adoption rate for these products in new markets that we are targeting, our
products may not perform as expected or 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, our 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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