Toshiba and SanDisk Inaugurate New 300mm Wafer Fab 4 for NAND Flash Memory At Yokkaichi Operations

    New facility is expected to be world's largest NAND fab

    YOKKAICHI, JAPAN & TOKYO, September 4 /CNW/ - Toshiba Corporation and
SanDisk(R) Corporation today celebrated with a traditional ceremony and
reception the opening of Fab 4, the latest 300mm wafer fabrication facility at
Toshiba's Yokkaichi Operations, in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

    Responding to continuous rising demand for NAND flash memory used in a
wide range of digital applications, including digital media players, mobile
phones, PCs and memory cards, Toshiba started construction of Fab 4 in August

    Fab 4 is expected to start mass production in December 2007 and reach a
production capacity of 80,000 wafers a month in the second half of CY2008. The
fab still has space to expand capacity, and further investment could take
output to 210,000 wafers per month, in response to the projected increase in
future market demand. Fab 4 will employ cutting-edge 56-nanometer (nm) process
technology at start-up, and plans call for a gradual transition to 43 nm
technology, starting from March 2008.

    "Toshiba and our partner SanDisk are delighted to celebrate the
construction of this new facility," said Mr. Shozo Saito, Corporate Senior
Vice President of Toshiba Corporation and President & CEO of Toshiba's
Semiconductor Company. "Fab 4 will feature world-class manufacturing
capabilities, both in scale and productivity. It will support us in
reinforcing our leadership in the fast growing global market for higher
density NAND flash memories, and provide a powerful engine of growth for both

    Dr. Eli Harari, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of SanDisk
Corporation, said, "Fab 4 is testimony to the success of the great partnership
and long-term commitment between Toshiba and SanDisk. The enormous size and
technology scope of Fab 4 reflect our confidence and optimism for the future,
and we believe will enable us to competitively meet the growing demand for
flash storage from our global customers in the years ahead."

    Fab 4 is designed to minimize any impact on operations from natural
disasters. The building was constructed using the latest earthquake-absorbing
structure, which is designed to dampen temblor force by up to two-thirds, and
deploys multiple power compensation (MPC) that is triggered instantaneously by
any sudden, momentary loss of power supply, from a lightning strike, for

    Toshiba funded construction of the Fab 4 building, and Flash Alliance,
Ltd., a Toshiba-SanDisk venture established in July 2006, 50.1% owned by
Toshiba and 49.9% by SanDisk, is funding the advanced manufacturing equipment
now being installed in the fab.

    The new fab will allow Toshiba and SanDisk to deploy the latest advances
in process technology and multi-level cell technology and support the
companies in further enhancing competitiveness and securing continued
leadership in the NAND flash memory market.

    Note: 1 nanometer = one billionth of a meter

    Outline of Fab 4 at Yokkaichi Operations

    - Structure of Building: Steel frame concrete, five stories (two clean
room stories)

    - Building Area: approx. 35,500m2 (approx. 382,000 in square feet)

    - Floor Area: approx. 181,000m2 (approx. 1,948,000 in square feet)

    - Start Construction: August 2006

    - Completion of Building: July 2007

    - Start Mass Production: December 2007(plan)

    Outline of Yokkaichi Operations

    - Location: 800 Yamanoisshiki-cho, Yokkaichi-shi, Mie Prefecture, Japan

    - Established: 1992

    - General Manager: Noriyoshi Tozawa

    - Employees: Approx. 3,200

    - Total Site Area: Approx. 312,300m2 (approx. 3,362,000 in square feet)

    - Total Floor Area: Approx. 460,000m2 (approx. 4,951,000 in square feet)
(including Fab 4)

    Outline of Flash Alliance, Ltd.

    - Location: 800 Yamanoisshiki-cho, Yokkaichi-shi, Mie Prefecture, Japan

    - Established: July 2006

    - Capitalization: 3 million yen

    - Holding: Toshiba: 50.1%, SanDisk: 49.9%

    - Toshiba -


    This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future
plans, strategies and the performance of Toshiba Group. These statements are
based on management's assumptions and beliefs in light of the economic,
financial and other data currently available. Furthermore, they are subject to
a number of risks and uncertainties. Toshiba therefore wishes to caution
readers that actual results may differ materially from our expectations. Major
risk factors that may have a material influence on results are indicated
below, though this list is not necessarily exhaustive.

    -- Disputes including lawsuits in Japan and other countries

    -- Success or failure of alliances or joint ventures promoted in
collaboration with other companies;

    -- Success or failure of new businesses or R&D investment;

    -- Changes in political and economic conditions in Japan and abroad;
unexpected regulatory changes;

    -- Major disasters, including earthquakes and typhoons;

    -- Rapid changes in the supply/demand situation in major markets and
intensified price competition;

    -- Significant capital expenditure for production facilities and rapid
changes in the market;

    -- Changes in financial markets, including fluctuations in interest rates
and exchange rates.

    - SanDisk -

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including
statements about our business outlook, technological advancements,
construction technology that reduces risk of damage from earthquakes or power
interruptions, production schedules, geometries, expected output and effects
on financial performance, costs of new fab facilitization and supply and
demand that are based on our current expectations and involve numerous risks
and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be
inaccurate and may significantly and adversely affect our business, financial
condition and results of operations. These risks and uncertainties are
discussed in detail under the title "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the
documents we file from time to time with the SEC, including in our Annual
Report on Form 10-K for our 2006 fiscal year and our Quarterly Reports on Form

    SanDisk is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United
States and other countries.


For further information:

For further information: SanDisk Corporation Hidenari Morohashi,
81-45-474-0962 Marketing Manager SanDisk SDKK (Japan) or Cohn & Wolfe Lorena
Cordoba, 416-924-5700 ext. 4089 or Toshiba
Corporation Corporate Communications Office, 03-3457-2105

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