OUR HISTORY OF INNOVATION

SanDisk has been expanding the possibilities of storage for more than 27 years. From a three-person start-up in Silicon Valley to a global brand with over 8,000 employees, we have maintained a consistent commitment to advancing technologies and anticipating our customers’ needs.

Today, our storage products can be found in many of the world's leading data centers, in your favorite mobile devices and electronic products, and at hundreds of thousands of retail stores around the world. We are consistently recognized as a global innovator; we hold more than 5,000 patents worldwide. With ongoing research into 3-D memory and advances that increase capacities and make new devices possible, we transform the industry every day.

2015

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NEWS

Creates a new storage category with an all-flash storage system, InfiniFlash.

Enters the portable SSD market with a family of high-performance drives.

Shipped 2 Billion microSD™ cards since 2005

PRODUCTS:

The Company’s First High-Endurance microSDXC™ Card

200GB SanDisk Ultra® microSDXC™, World’s Highest Capacity microSD Card

iNAND® 7232, Best-in-Class Embedded Storage Solution

SanDisk Ultra Fit™ USB, World’s Smallest 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

2014

NEWS

Announces 15nm technology, the world’s most advanced NAND flash process node.

Acquires Fusion-io, a leading PCIe storage solutions provider.

Patent portfolio exceeds 5000.

Recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 global innovator.

PRODUCTS:

Optimus MAX™, World’s First 4TB Enterprise SAS SSD

128GB SanDisk Ultra® microSDXC™, World’s Highest Capacity microSD Card

512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO® SDXC™, World’s Highest Capacity SD Card

iXpand USB drive, industry’s first flash drive designed for iPhone and iPad

2013

NEWS

Announces 15nm technology, the world’s most advanced NAND flash process node.

Acquires Fusion-io, a leading PCIe storage solutions provider.

Patent portfolio exceeds 5000.

Recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 global innovator.

PRODUCTS:

Launches World's First CFast 2.0 Memory Card

World’s First High-Capacity 256GB CompactFlash Card with VPG-65

Announces SanDisk Connect™, a Line of Wireless Flash Storage Products

Extends SSD Line-Up for Consumers and PC Makers

2012

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NEWS

SanDisk adds a second building to expand its assembly and test facility in Shanghai.

SanDisk acquires enterprise storage software developers FlashSoft and Schooner Information Technology.

IEEE recognizes Harari’s work with an IEEE Milestone.

SanDisk ships more than 2 million products per day.

PRODUCTS

128GB Cruzer Glide™ USB Flash Drive

X100 SSD

Lightning PCIe Enterprise SSAs

FlashSoft™ Software

2011

NEWS

Sanjay Mehrotra is appointed CEO on January 1, 2011.

The enterprise SSD market continues to grow as price points, driven by the adoption of MLC NAND Flash, decline.

SanDisk acquires Pliant Technology. The acquisition strategically combines enterprise-level systems expertise with SanDisk’s large scale Flash memory production.

SanDisk ships its first high performance SSDs to retail channels.

2010

NEWS

Eli Harari retires as Chairman and CEO of SanDisk at the end of 2010.

PRODUCT

64GB SanDisk iSSD™ Integrated Storage Device

2009

NEWS

SanDisk ships the world’s first Flash memory cards with 64Gb X4 (4-bits-per-cell) NAND Flash technology. The new technology holds four bits of data in each memory cell, twice as many as conventional MLC memory chips.

Harari receives the 2009 IEEE Robert N. Noyce Medal in recognition of his leadership in the development and commercialization of Flash memory technology.

PRODUCT

64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card

2008

NEWS

SanDisk introduces new Flash management for improving SSD performance and reliability.

SanDisk launches "pSSD" Flash memory modules for a new category of ultra low-cost mobile PCs.

MLC-based SSDs are introduced. For the first time, prices begin to reach acceptable levels to allow SSDs to become mainstream products.

PRODUCTS

16GB iNAND

32GB SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash Memory Card

2007

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NEWS

SanDisk opens its first office in China. The new Test and Assembly plant in Shanghai provides manufacturing and assembly services as well as retail distribution to customers in the region.

SanDisk introduces 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch SSDs to replace HDDs in notebook computers, a first step to make SSDs a viable and economically attractive storage alternative.

IBM selects SanDisk’s SSDs to provide Flash-based storage for its blade servers.

PRODUCTS

8GB iNAND

32GB SATA 5000 SSD

2006

NEWS

SanDisk acquires m-systems™, a company founded in 1989 and focused on embedded Flash and mobile phone storage, and the inventor of USB Flash drives.

Sanjay Mehrotra is appointed President and COO.

Eli Harari, Sanjay Mehrotra and Jack Yuan receive the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Data Storage Device Technology Award in recognition for their pioneering work in Flash memory technology that revolutionized data storage and became the industry standard.

2005

NEWS

NAND pricing drops from $167 to $46 per 1GB from 2003 to 2005. This enables Flash memory to become more pervasive for a wider variety of end consumer applications at increasingly affordable price points.

SanDisk acquires Matrix Semiconductor, a company that pioneers and supplies 3D-based one-time programmable chip technology.

PRODUCT: 1GB SanDisk microSD Memory Card

PRODUCTS

1GB SanDisk microSD Memory Card

2004

NEWS

On average, SanDisk doubles capacity every 18 months, effectively beating Moore’s Law on 90nm technology.

SanDisk and Motorola jointly introduce the TransFlash™ removable card for mobile phones. It is later renamed microSD.

The microSD card becomes the fastest growing form factor in the world. Five million cards are shipped in its first year.

PRODUCTS

128MB microSD™ Memory Card

Sansa® MP3 Player

2003

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NEWS

The company marks this milestone of 15 years by ringing the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange.

SanDisk’s total revenue reaches $1 billion.

SanDisk introduces high performance Industrial Grade SD cards for demanding applications and portable devices.

SanDisk introduces the miniSD removable card for mobile phones.

SanDisk introduces ABL technology to boost Flash memory performance and enhance reliability. ABL later becomes a mainstream architecture for NAND Flash.

2002

NEWS

SanDisk and Toshiba move all NAND Flash wafer production to Toshiba’s Fabs 1 and 2 and Yokkaichi, Japan.

SanDisk ships its first USB drives called Cruzer®.

USB drives eventually replace spinning, flexible storage media such as floppy drives and the Iomega Clik and Zip drives.

2001

NEWS

SanDisk and Toshiba ship the world's first commercial NAND MLC 1Gb chip, the lowest cost per bit in the market.

SanDisk and Toshiba’s long term relationship is based on the strategic vision to provide the best quality and highest capacity Flash memory with the lowest cost per bit in the market.

PRODUCTS

128MB SD Card

Memory Stick Cards 

1GB CompactFlash Card

2000

NEWS

SanDisk abandons its proprietary NOR Flash at the 512Mb density and transitions its entire product line to high capacity NAND Flash memory chips developed and manufactured jointly with Toshiba.

PRODUCTS

64MB SD™ Card

1999

NEWS

SanDisk and Toshiba form the Flash memory industry's first NAND joint venture for leading-edge technology development and high-volume manufacturing.

SanDisk introduces the world’s first high volume MLC.

SD card format is introduced by joint efforts between SanDisk, Panasonic and Toshiba. The footprint is an ideal storage medium as it allows for smaller, thinner and more portable electronic devices.

1997

NEWS

SanDisk ships 1 million CompactFlash cards, just three years after introducing CompactFlash to the world.

1996

NEWS

SanDisk ships the 64Mb MLC NOR Flash chip, the first in the world.

SanDisk moves its headquarters to Sunnyvale, California.

1995

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NEWS

SanDisk goes public on November 8, 1995 at a price of $10.00 per share. More than 16 million shares are traded as SanDisk begins trading under NASDAQ ticker symbol SNDK.

SunDisk officially changes its name to "SanDisk."

1994

NEWS

After PCMCIA cards were first introduced as the first Flash memory-based film cards, CompactFlash emerges as the industry standard due to its smaller form factor and higher performance.

Digital cameras start to drive the first wave of Flash memory cards to smaller, cheaper and faster digital film storage.

PRODUCT

4MB CompactFlash Memory Card

1993

NEWS

The U.S. Space Shuttle blasts into space with a SunDisk Flash drive code-named "Rainbow." The ruggedness of Flash storage makes it ideal for extreme applications.

SunDisk opens additional offices in Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Israel.

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1992

NEWS

SunDisk works closely with Canon, Kodak and other camera manufacturers to standardize card slots and eventually build an ecosystem that allows digital cameras to take full advantage of increasing card performance and capacities.

To grow global demand, SunDisk opens a sales office in Japan.

1991

NEWS

SunDisk ships the world's first Flash-based SSD, a 20MB 2.5-inch HDD replacement, to IBM for their ThinkPad pen computer. OEM price is $1,000 or $50 per MB.

In the coming decades, relentless technology innovations drive cost down 50,000 times to $0.001 per MB or $1.00/GB.

1990

NEWS

SunDisk offers a vision for the future: Flash memory for "an emerging new class of compact, portable products, such as hand-held computers, electronic notebooks, solid-state cameras…and cellular telephones." This vision is presented years before these mobile devices appear on the market.

SunDisk ships first products based on SunDisk 4Mb Flash chips.

1989

NEWS

SunDisk files a key patent application for technology that emulates a magnetic disk drive in removable Flash memory storage products. SunDisk later receives Patent No. 5,602,987 in 1997.

1988

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NEWS

Working from a small office in Palo Alto, California, Eli Harari begins to work on an idea called "System Flash," a revolutionary concept that would replace HDDs in portable, battery-operated devices.

SunDisk is founded by Harari in March and joined by co-founders, Jack Yuan and Sanjay Mehrotra. SunDisk incorporates on June 1.

The name SunDisk is coined by Harari's young daughter who suggests a name that sounds "cheerful and sunny."