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Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas, January 9, 2012
- SanDisk Corporation
(NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions,
today announced that the
iNAND Ultra line of products will be the first of its embedded
flash memory products to move to 19 nanometer (nm) manufacturing
the industry's most advanced chip making process.
Advanced Manufacturing and
Packaging Enables Slim, Powerful Mobile Devices
Shrinking the size of electronic circuitry allows equipment makers
to develop products with larger storage capacities, providing
consumers the ability to enjoy more content on smartphones, tablets
and other electronic devices. A nanometer measures one-billionth of
a meter, meaning that 19nm circuit lines are so small that about
3,000 of them could fit across the width of a human hair.
iNAND Ultra solutions are used by
leading mobile device makers around the world. The e.MMC™
(standards-based embedded mobile interface) devices built on
SanDisk's 19nm technology will use the company's two-bit per cell
technology-SanDisk's tenth generation of multi-level cell products.
Sleeker, slim form factor product designs are also enabled by
SanDisk's innovative packaging technology that provides up to 64GB
of storage capacity in a package just 11.5mm x 13mm in size.
Advanced packaging techniques allow SanDisk to offer certain
capacities in packages as thin as 1mm.
"The iNAND Ultra products will be
the first of our three iNAND embedded flash memory families to
migrate to leading-edge 19nm process technology in 2012," said Amir
Lehr, vice president, Embedded Memory Business. "SanDisk's advanced
manufacturing and packaging expertise allows us to support
increased storage capacities and smaller device footprint
requirements to meet the growing demand for sleeker, more feature
rich mobile devices."
Fast Performance and Tight
Host Integration Deliver Improved User Experience
iNAND Ultra products are optimized for current and future
generations of leading mobile operating systems such as Google
Android and Windows Mobile. This hardware optimization for key
operating systems combined with outstanding random performance
characteristics help provide consumers with mobile devices that are
highly responsive and deliver outstanding browsing and multitasking
The new products feature up to 20
megabyte per second (MB/sec) sequential write and up to 80MB/sec
sequential read performance for faster file transfers. In addition,
SanDisk works closely with major OEMs and chipset vendors to ensure
the tight integration required between the host device and embedded
flash memory. This helps ensure the best possible mobile user
experience and has resulted in SanDisk embedded memory technology
being incorporated into leading mobile reference designs.
Segmented Product Portfolio
Meets the Needs of All Mobile Devices
As smaller, more powerful mobile devices have proliferated
throughout the consumer electronics market, the use of flash memory
has expanded from mobile phones and tablets to enable new products
and new usage models. The SanDisk iNAND product family includes an
embedded storage solution for every performance segment and
capacity point in the mobile market. The SanDisk iNAND™ family
includes iNAND, iNAND Ultra and iNAND Extreme™ products.
SanDisk's iNAND Ultra products will initially be available in 8GB
to 64GB capacities with samples expected to be available to
customers in the first quarter of 2012. Volume production is
expected in the second quarter.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) is a global leader in flash
memory storage solutions, from research and development, product
design and manufacturing to branding and distribution for OEM and
retail channels. Since 1988, SanDisk's innovations in flash memory
and storage system technologies have provided customers with new
and transformational digital experiences. SanDisk's diverse product
portfolio includes flash memory cards and embedded solutions used
in smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, camcorders, digital
media players and other consumer electronic devices, as well as USB
flash drives and solid-state drives (SSD) for the computing market.
SanDisk's products are used by consumers and enterprise customers
around the world.
SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based
S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company, with more than half its sales
outside the United States. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.
1 1 gigabyte (GB) = 1
billion bytes. Some capacity not available for data storage.
2Based on internal testing; performance may be lower
depending upon host device. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes. X =
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rights reserved. SanDisk and the SanDisk logo are trademarks of
SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other
countries. iNAND, iNAND Ultra and iNAND Extreme are trademarks 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, features 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: the market demand for our
products may grow more slowly than our expectations or our products
may not be available in the capacities, technologies, form factors
or geographies that we anticipate, or 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, our most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q
and our annual report on Form 10-K. We do not intend to update the
information contained in this press release.
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