SanDisk has today announced updated versions of its SanDisk Extreme(TM)
line of high-performance CompactFlash and SD cards. The cards now deliver
a minimum write speed of 9 megabytes per second (MB/sec.) and a minimum
read speed of 10MB/sec. They have also been improved for use in extreme
conditions, they will operate from well below freezing (minus 13 degrees
F/minus 25 degrees C) to near boiling (185 degrees F/85 degrees C), and
each card is ruggedized with a layer of heavy duty RTV silicone to withstand
SanDisk Introduces Industry's Fastest Professional Grade Flash Memory
New Higher Performance and Highly Durable SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash
and Extreme SD Cards Targeted at Advanced and Professional Photographers
Operating under Severe Temperature Conditions
SanDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK) today introduced the SanDisk Extreme(TM)
CompactFlash(R) and SD line of high performance, high durability digital
film cards designed for professional photographers who demand the highest
levels of reliability and performance under extreme conditions. The SanDisk
Extreme cards deliver a minimum write speed of 9 megabytes per second
(MB/sec.) and a minimum read speed of 10MB/sec. throughout their extended
operating temperature range, making these the fastest flash memory cards
in the world(1). These exceptionally fast write and read speeds are critical
when shooting large numbers of high resolution images and transferring
the images to a computer. SanDisk Extreme cards are exclusive to photo
retailers in the North American market.
SanDisk Extreme cards are ideally suited for high performance digital
cameras from Canon, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus and other companies, when operating
in regions of extreme hot or cold weather conditions. The fast read speeds
also allow very fast downloading of images from card to PC when connected
to a SanDisk high-speed USB 2.0 compliant reader.
Josef Fogel, digital camera sales manager at B&H Photo, said, "The
SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash and SD cards offer the highest level of reliability
for our customers who are typically professional and advanced photographers.
They expect the highest quality and performance and we are confident that
the SanDisk Extreme cards, with their wide temperature range, rugged construction
and high performance, will surpass their expectations."
Extended Operating Temperature Range For Highly Reliable Operation
Under Extreme Environmental Conditions
For the utmost in reliability, SanDisk has used its expertise and more
than a decade of experience in providing flash memory cards to the industrial
market, to develop the SanDisk Extreme card, that features the industry's
widest guaranteed operating temperature range to ensure flawless performance
in extreme temperatures -- from well below freezing (minus 13 degrees
F/minus 25 degrees C) to near boiling (185 degrees F/85 degrees C). For
further protection against accidental drops or rough handling, each SanDisk
Extreme CF card is ruggedized with a layer of heavy duty RTV silicone
to withstand 3000 G-forces. These features are important since many professional
photographers must shoot pictures in harsh environments and store their
equipment under grueling conditions.
Fast Performance For Virtually All Digital Cameras
Performance for the SanDisk Extreme cards has been achieved through
SanDisk's new high performance ARC-based microcontrollers, advanced firmware
and high performance 0.13 micron NAND flash memory. While actual performance
increases vary by camera model, improving the overall performance of the
card leads to increased performance in all digital cameras, rather than
optimizing the card to benefit only a specific handful of cameras.
"Our research has shown that the write speed of a digital film card
is increasingly important to the professional photographer since it may
mean the difference between capturing the shot or not," said Tanya
Chuang, SanDisk's retail product marketing manager. "In addition,
fast read speeds are becoming equally important since shaving precious
time from transferring hundreds of megabytes of images to the computer
can significantly improve workflow efficiency. The SanDisk Extreme cards
are designed to provide the highest levels of performance."
Chuang added, "SanDisk Extreme cards are highly reliable and give
professional photographers peace of mind when they know their digital
film cards can handle sub-freezing temperatures to the blazing heat of
a desert. Professional photographers who currently use the more delicate
rotating storage drives that have a narrow operating temperature range
will appreciate the vast improvement delivered with these SanDisk Extreme
Each SanDisk Extreme card includes RescuePRO(TM) software to allow photographers
to easily recover accidentally deleted images, lost digital images or
data from SanDisk Extreme or any other CF- or SD-certified cards. RescuePRO
is compatible with both Windows and Mac and requires no driver download
or special card reader.
SanDisk Extreme cards have a dedicated, toll-free number for technical
support calls and are backed with a lifetime guarantee. Each card is fully
compatible and interchangeable with all CompactFlash or SD digital cameras,
card readers and adapters, and includes a protective carrying case.
The SanDisk Extreme CF cards are available at retailers now in capacities
of 256 and 512MB and 1 gigabyte, with suggested retail prices of $109.99,
$229.99 and $439.99 respectively.
The 256MB SanDisk Extreme SD card is expected to ship in October with
a suggested retail price of $134.99. The 512MB is expected to ship in
November with a price of $299.99.
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,
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 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q,
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company assumes
no obligation to update the information in this release.
(1) Results based on testing with HDBENCH benchmark software. Actual
results in digital cameras will vary by model.