Milpitas, Calif., February 23, 2010 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today announced that it has begun shipping its SanDisk® G3 Solid State Drives (SSD) to retailers in North America and Europe. The flash memory-based SanDisk G3 SSD offers a compelling alternative to a 7,200 RPM Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for many customers - including do-it-yourself enthusiasts, IT managers or anyone seeking increased durability and performance with high reliability.
"Our rugged drive enables a superior customer experience by delivering extended endurance and fast performance in a resilient SSD design," said Eric Bone, vice president, retail product marketing, SanDisk. "SanDisk believes in an uncompromising development approach which insists that an SSD's long term reliability and durability are just as important as its overall speed. We're leveraging our long history of flash memory and retail expertise to bring the SanDisk G3 SSD to market."
SanDisk G3 SSD is Microsoft Windows 7 certified and is compatible with Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard as well as Windows XP, Windows Vista and Linux. The drive also supports the newest Windows 7 TRIM feature, which contributes to a substantial gain in the SanDisk G3 SSD's performance by allowing the drive to continuously manage its resources and retain optimized performance throughout its lifespan.
SanDisk G3 SSD is available now at www.sandisk.com via the U.S. and UK e-commerce sites in 60GB and 120GB capacities with prices of $229.99 and $399.99 respectively. The drive will be available at retailers in North America and Europe soon, with exact pricing to be set by retailers.
SanDisk Corporation is the global leader in flash memory cards, from research, manufacturing and product design to consumer branding and retail distribution. SanDisk's product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives for computers. SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States.
i Based on SanDisk internal testing using Microsoft Windows Performance Tool Kit. Performance varies depending upon OS and application. Platform: Intel Core 2 Processor E8400, 2GB DDR2; OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate; HDD: Seagate HDD 7200.4 RPM 250 GB; SSD: G3 RC304 60GB
ii 10 Year warranty in regions not recognizing limited warranty.
iii Based on SanDisk internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes.
* 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. 1 terabyte (TB) = 1 trillion bytes.
iv Based on 120 GB G3 SSD; Approximations based on LDE (Long-term Data Endurance) - an industry metric, introduced by SanDisk, that quantifies how much data can be written to a SSD in its lifespan expressed in terabytes written (TBW). Data is written using typical PC transfer size, written at a constant rate over the life of the SSD, and data is retained for at least 1 year upon LDE exhaustion. Based on SanDisk internal measurements, a typical client PC user writes 4GB/day.
v ExtremeFFS is a SanDisk page-based flash management algorithm, optimized for popular operating systems, has the potential to greatly increase SSD random write speeds and efficiency thus accelerating the performance and extending the endurance of SSDs inside PCs.
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This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for new product introductions, specifications, 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, our products may not perform as expected or may not be available at the prices, in the regions, in the capacities or at the time 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 most recent annual report on Form 10-K and our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We do not intend to update the information contained in this press release.