SanDisk Introduces First 8GB CompactFlash

SanDisk Achieves Breakthrough Performance with 90nm NAND/MLC and Advanced Controller Technology to Boost Capacities for Popular Ultra II High-Speed Memory Cards

Photokina 2004

SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 30, 2004–
SanDisk Introduces World’s First 8-Gigabyte ULTRA II CompactFlash Type I Card; Leads In Capacity and Performance for Memory Stick PRO and SD Formats

SanDisk(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK) announced today that its Multi-Level Cell (MLC) and advanced controller technology have allowed it to quadruple the capacity of its high-speed SanDisk Ultra(R) II cards. SanDisk now offers the world’s first 8 gigabyte (GB) CompactFlash(R) Type I card and 4GB SanDisk Ultra II Memory Stick PRO(TM) and 2GB SanDisk Ultra II SD(TM) cards, and maintains their award-winning minimum write speed of 9 megabytes per second (MB/sec.) and minimum read speed of 10MB/sec.(1)

The new high capacity SanDisk Ultra II cards are designed to be a reasonably priced, high performance solution for the photography channel and were announced yesterday at the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany.

Yoram Cedar, SanDisk’s senior vice president of engineering, said, “SanDisk’s engineers have been refining our NAND/MLC and advanced 32 bit controller architectures over the past 5 years, and we are now beginning to see the full fruits of these efforts. These new Ultra II cards employ our highest density 90nm 4-gigabit (Gb) NAND/MLC single-die tightly coupled with our latest generation controller chips. New high performance algorithms were implemented that maximize the MLC performance while benefiting from the lower cost per megabyte of MLC memory. These achievements in products that will ship in volume production in the coming quarter demonstrate the true power of the NAND/MLC technology that SanDisk and Toshiba have developed through our strategic partnership.”

Jim Handy, director of non-volatile memory at Semico Research Company, said, “The fact that SanDisk is now able to support their high-speed SanDisk Ultra II line of flash cards with MLC NAND speaks very highly of the company’s command of MLC technology. Until now, MLC could not be used in SanDisk’s Ultra line of high-speed flash cards whose higher performance requirements ruled out MLC’s cost savings. The company has found a way to bring MLC’s improved cost structure into the market for top-of-the-line cards.”

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Ultra II product line is available in CompactFlash, Memory Stick PRO and SD formats. Suggested retail prices and availability are as follows:

Capacities US$ EUR Avail-
(ex. VAT) ability
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Ultra II CF 256MB – 2GB EUR 44.00 – Now
$49.99 – $249.99 EUR 245.00
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4GB $479.99 EUR 465.00 October
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8GB $959.99 EUR 930.00 November
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Ultra II MS PRO 256MB – 1GB EUR 73.00 – Now
$74.99 – $249.99 EUR 259.00
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2GB – 4GB EUR 495.00 – November
$479.99 – $959.99 EUR 990.00
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Ultra II SD 256MB – 512MB EUR 45.00 – Now
$64.99 – $89.99 EUR 72.00
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1GB – 2GB EUR 119.00 – November
$119.99 – $239.99 EUR 239.00
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SanDisk Ultra II cards are available at most of the 80,000 consumer electronics stores and other retail outlets where SanDisk products are sold worldwide.

SanDisk, the world’s largest supplier of flash memory data storage card products, designs, manufactures and markets industry-standard, solid-state data, digital imaging and audio storage products using its patented, high density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is based in Sunnyvale, CA.

The matters discussed in this news release contain forward looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties as described under the caption, “Factors That May Affect Future Results” in the company’s annual report on Form 10-K-A and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The companies assume no obligation to update the information in this release.

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(1) Results based on testing with HDBENCH benchmark software. Actual results in digital cameras will vary by model.