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SanDisk Introduces 4GB miniSDHC Flash Card for Mobile Phones

sep 12, 2006

Industry's Highest Capacity Card For Cellphones Will Enable High-Resolution Photography, Digital Video, Music, Games and Data Storage

4GB_miniSDHC_straight1.jpgLOS ANGELES, CA, Sep. 12, 2006 - SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced a 4-gigabyte (GB) 1 miniSD High Capacity (SDHC ) flash card at the CTIA Wireless Show, where the company is exhibiting in Booth #1147.
 
miniSDHC_logo.jpgThe 4GB SanDisk miniSDHC card will be able to provide the fast speed and large capacity required to support increasingly popular but storage-intensive applications such as digital imaging, music and video record/playback functions as well as mobile television and videogames. The 4GB capacity can store more than 2,000 high-resolution pictures, more than 1,000 digital songs or up to 8 hours of MPEG 4 video 2.
 
"The 4GB miniSDHC card represents a significant technological breakthrough and highlights the growing need for large-capacity, high-speed storage for the mobile phone market," said Yoram Cedar, executive vice president of handset business and corporate engineering at SanDisk. "SanDisk is responding to the next-generation demands of cell phone makers and users, who increasingly see their phone as their camera, video player, gaming and music devices."
 
"The new 4GB miniSD card from SanDisk allows handset manufacturers and mobile network operators to plan rich media services for their customers," said Gerry Purdy, vice president and chief analyst, Mobile and Wireless, Frost and Sullivan. "Four gigabytes of memory is the threshold for providing adequate storage to support music, video, gaming and other exciting applications in the handset."
 
SanDisk is now sampling the new 4GB miniSD card to OEMs such as major phone manufacturers and mobile network operators (MNOs). Retail release of the card is planned for 2007. Though standard miniSD and miniSDHC cards look identical in size and shape, only SDHC-compatible products will be able to accept the new miniSDHC cards. Engineering samples will be available for evaluation, as mobile phone makers will need to upgrade the firmware in their handsets so that memory slots can support the new card. OEM pricing has not been determined yet.
 
Based on the SD Association 2.0 specification, the new card is a member of the SDHC family. SDHC is the new designation for any SD or SD-based card that is larger than 2GB and adheres to the SD 2.00 specification, a completely new design that is required for cards and hosts to support 4GB to 32GB capacities. The specification was developed by the SD Association, an industry standards board, which also defined three speed classes for speed and performance capabilities. These cards adhere to the SD Speed Class 2 Rating specification which defines a minimum sustained transfer speed for SDHC cards. 3
 
For additional information, please visit SanDisk's website:
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, CA and has operations worldwide, with more than half its sales outside the U.S.


SanDisk's web site/home page address: http://www.sandisk.com
SanDisk and the SanDisk logo are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the U.S. and other countries.  MicroMate is a trademark of SanDisk Corporation. The SDHC and miniSDHC marks logos are trademarks. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective holder(s). All trade names are either registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

1  1 gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes.
2  Approximations based on compressed JPEG images on 4 MP camera (pictures); 4 minute songs at 128 kbps MP3 (songs) and 8 hours of Super Fine MPEG 4 video (320 x 240, 1Mb/sec.) (video).  Actual numbers may vary.
3  The 4GB SanDisk miniSDHC card is rated Class 2, a guaranteed minimum data-transfer rate of 2MB/sec. This rate is guaranteed based on the conditional access method specified by SD physical specifications.
  
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for new product introductions, 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, and the other risks detailed from time-to-time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports, including, but not limited to, 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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SanDisk Corporation
Mike Wong
408-801-1240
mwong@sandisk.com
 

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