Enhanced SanDisk iNAND Extreme to Provide Fast Digital Storage for Tablets Enabled by Intel ‘Bay Trail’

SanDisk Sampling iNAND Extreme Embedded Flash Drive to OEMs for Use in Next-Generation Tablets Built with the Newest Intel® Atom SoC

MILPITAS, Calif.--()--SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced that the iNAND Extreme™ embedded flash drive (EFD) has been optimized to provide advanced digital storage in tablets powered by the new 22nm Intel® Atom™ system-on-a-chip (SoC) introduced by Intel last week. The new enhancements to the iNAND Extreme make it faster, more responsive and highly compatible with the SoC formally known as “Bay Trail.”

SanDisk is currently sampling the iNAND Extreme to leading mobile device manufacturers for use in future, cutting-edge Android™ and Windows® 8 tablets featuring high-performance and energy efficient Intel Atom Z3000 processors.

Offering outstanding sequential and random read and write speeds, SanDisk’s innovative iNAND Extreme supports the high performance of the Intel Atom Z3000 series. It enables outstanding user experiences – from smooth streaming of HD1 video, to fast synchronization with data in the cloud, to quicker application launching.

“We are pleased to offer the tremendous storage performance of SanDisk’s iNAND Extreme for use in tablets incorporating Intel’s impressive new Intel Atom platform,” said Drew Henry, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile and Connected Solutions, SanDisk. “We have clearly just scratched the surface of the potential for tablets to transform the user experience, and our iNAND Extreme enables developers to introduce the next wave of highly responsive tablets that offer richer entertainment, awe-inspiring graphics, and more productive business applications.”

According to Strategy Analytics, branded tablet shipments are expected to reach more 180 million units worldwide in 20132.

“Robust consumer demand for more convenient and better mobile computing options has driven rapid growth in the tablet market, with branded tablet shipments up nearly 55 percent worldwide in 2013 compared to last year,” said Peter King, director of Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies at Strategy Analytics. “Notable advancements at the semiconductor level pave the way for a new generation of tablets that offer longer battery life, more responsive digital entertainment, and computing experience that is more closely aligned with what was once only possible on a PC.”

iNAND Extreme, available in capacities of up to 128GB3, brings nimble and low-power flash-memory storage to tablets. Based on SanDisk’s intelligent flash memory architecture, iNAND Extreme significantly improves multimedia synchronization speeds and operating-system responsiveness in mobile devices. iNAND Extreme offers sequential write/read speeds up to 45/150 MB/s, and random write /read speeds up to 800/4K IOPS4.

Smart Digital Storage for the Mobile World

SanDisk provides embedded flash memory solutions to all major tablet and handset providers. The SanDisk iNAND™ product family offers an embedded storage solution for every performance segment and capacity point in the mobile market, and includes iNAND, iNAND Ultra™ and iNAND Extreme EFD products. SanDisk's iNAND solutions, available in EFDs and MCP (Multi-Chip Package) forms, provide tablets, smartphones, e-Book readers, personal media players and personal navigation devices with faster system responsiveness, improved multitasking and browsing performance, longer battery life and an enhanced user experience. SanDisk's iNAND products come in a variety of storage capacities, ranging from 4GB to 128GB.

About SanDisk

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in data storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk’s ideas and innovative products have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit www.sandisk.com.

© 2013 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk is a trademark 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 may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s).

1 HD (1280x720x30fps) video support may vary based upon host device, file size, resolution, compression, bit rate, content and other factors.

2 Strategy Analytics, Tablet SHIPMENTS Country Forecast to 2010-2017, Published September 2013

3 1 GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user capacity less.

4 Up to stated speed. Based on internal testing; performance may vary based on host device. 1 megabyte (MB) = 1 million bytes. X=150KB/s.

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for market growth, product sales, industry trends, product capabilities and future products 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 that we expect or perform as expected, or 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 news release.

Contacts

SanDisk Corporation
Laura Bakken, 408-801-7653
laura.bakken@sandisk.com

SanDisk iNAND Extreme embedded flash drive. (Photo: Business Wire)

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Release Summary

SanDisk today announced that the iNAND Extreme™ embedded flash drive (EFD) has been optimized to provide advanced digital storage in tablets powered by the new 22nm Intel® Atom™ SoC.

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Contacts

SanDisk Corporation
Laura Bakken, 408-801-7653
laura.bakken@sandisk.com