SanDisk has announced it is doubling the current maximum capacities of a range of its cards. SanDisk's Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD cards are now available in 4GB, 1GB and 2GB capacities ranging in price from $199 - $799. The minuscule miniSD and RS-MMC cards, used in mobile phones with camera, video and MP3 capabilities, will now be available in 512MB capacities priced $69.99. All cards will be available by November.

Press Release:

SANDISK INTRODUCES WORLD’S HIGHEST CAPACITY MEMORY STICK PRO, MEMORY STICK PRO DUO AND SD CARDS

High Capacities and Small Size Make Cards Ideal for Digital Cameras, Mobile Phones and Other Electronic Devices

HAARLEM, The Netherlands, Oct. 26, 2004 – SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today introduced the world’s largest capacities of Memory Stick PRO™, Memory Stick PRO Duo™ and SD™ cards with 4-gigabyte (GB), 1GB and 2GB capacities respectively. These new cards are double the current maximum capacities and are designed to fit into a broad range of digital cameras, digital camcorders, music players, games, mobile phones and other consumer electronics devices. The announcement was made at the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2004 trade show at Moscone Center where SanDisk is demonstrating products in Booth 924.

“SanDisk is leveraging to the fullest our leading edge flash memory and advanced controllers to once again raise the bar by introducing the highest capacities of Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo card and SD cards in the industry,” said Nelson Chan, executive vice president and general manager of the consumer and handset business. “These new capacity points will allow our customers who need maximum storage in their digital cameras, mobile phones and other electronics devices to use these new cards to store as many digital pictures, songs and other personal data as they desire.”

With higher performance and embedded MagicGate™ technology, the SanDisk Memory Stick PRO and Memory Stick PRO Duo feature high capacity, high-speed data transfer and built-in security for the secure transfer of copyright-protected content and real-time recording of high-resolution images and video. The introduction of the 2GB SanDisk SD cards makes it possible to store hundreds of high resolution digital images, JPEG compressed video clips and many hours of digital music on a single card.

To achieve these industry-leading capacities, SanDisk employs its highest density 90-nanometer 4-gigabit NAND/MLC (Multi-Level Cell) flash memory, chip stacking technology and latest generation of 32-bit controller architecture. These are coupled with high performance algorithms to maximize MLC performance while benefiting from the lower cost-per-megabyte of MLC memory.

The SanDisk Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD cards are available at the suggested retail prices and availability as follows:

 
Capacities
US$
Availability
SanDisk Memory Stick PRO
128MB – 2GB
$54.99 – $399.99
Now
 
4GB
$799.99
November
SanDisk Memory Stick PRO DUO
128MB-512MB
$59.99 - $114.99
Now
 
1GB
$204.99
November
SanDisk SD Card
128MB-1GB
$29.99 – $99.99
Now
 
2GB
$199.99
November

These new cards will be sold at most of the 80,000 consumer electronics stores and other retail outlets where SanDisk products are sold worldwide. SanDisk also offers a complete line of accessories for these cards that includes USB 2.0 card readers.

Press Release:

SanDisk miniSD and RS-MMC Cards Increase To 512-Megabyte Capacities

New Capacities Needed for Digital Music, Photos And Other Storage-Intensive Features On The Latest Mobile Devices

HAARLEM, The Netherlands, Oct. 26, 2004 – SanDisk® Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) announced today that it is doubling the current maximum capacities of its popular SanDisk miniSD™ and SanDisk RS-MMC™ cards to 512 megabytes (MB). These storage cards are used in a growing number of mobile phones with multimedia capabilities such as digital cameras, music players and video recording and playback. The announcement was made at the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2004 trade show at Moscone Center where SanDisk is demonstrating products in Booth 924.

“The number of mobile phones with storage card slots is growing rapidly since removable memory provides many advantages in mobile phones that feature digital cameras, digital audio players, games and other applications,” said Nelson Chan, executive vice president and general manager of SanDisk’s consumer and handset business. “We expect to continue to increase capacities for these cards as these storage-intensive mobile phone applications grow in popularity.”

The SanDisk miniSD card includes an adapter allowing it to be used in any of the existing SD card devices and the SanDisk RS-MMC card includes a mechanical extender so that it can be used in any full-sized MultiMediaCard™ slot as well as SD™ host devices that support the MultiMediaCard.

The SanDisk miniSD and SanDisk RS-MMC cards are available at the suggested retail prices and availability as follows:

 
Capacities
US$
Availability
SanDisk miniSD
64 – 256MB
$21.99 – $49.99
Now
 
512MB
$69.99
November
SanDisk RS-MMC
128MB
$21.99
Now
 
256 and 512MB
$49.99 – $69.99
November

Offered for sale to OEM customers and through retail markets, these new cards will be sold at most of the 80,000 consumer electronics stores and other retail outlets where SanDisk products are sold worldwide.