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It was SanDisk's own CEO who confessed years back that no one could "out iPod the iPod," but the company is still plugging along with their Sansa line of MP3 players. Granted, these simplistic players don't exactly compete with the iPod touch, but still, it's a little strange to see the company introducing a new rival, in any sense. The newest in the range is the Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player, which offers a smaller-than-life screen, FM radio, voice recording capability and a microSDHC slot for extra storage. It's available now in the U.S. and Canada, with Europe getting it "soon." It's said to be compatible with all major music formats, including the AAC codec (DRM-free iTunes compatible), MP3,... Read more...
SanDisk recently launched a new line of SSD drives that is designed to breathe new life into aging computers. The SanDisk Ultra SSD is a SATA II-based drive that supports both TRIM and SMART. The drive offers up to 280 MB/sec sequential read and 270 MB/sec sequential write speeds. The Ultra SSD is available in capacities of 60GB, 120GB, and 240GB. The drives are currently available. SANDISK ULTRA SOLID STATE DRIVE (SSD) SHIPS TO RETAILERS New SSD Extends the Life of Desktop and Notebook PCs—Faster and More Reliable Than a Hard Disk Drive MILPITAS, Calif., July 25, 2011—SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today introduced the SanDisk... Read more...
Small enough? Never is. Fast enough? No way. We always yearn for things that are smaller, better and faster than before, and that's where SanDisk comes in to oblige. The company has just launched two new SSDs for tablets and ulta-thin notebooks, combining SATA III performance with power consumption as low as 10mW.  The U100 SSD series is aimed at super slim notebooks, while the iSSD integrated series is producing the i100, which is the world's smallest/fastest 128GB BGA-based SSD. That one's expected to land in tablets and notebooks in due time. The company has announced that both of these are sampling now, with volume production expected in Q3 2011. A 128GB Android Honeycomb tablet? Yes,... Read more...
SanDisk, a player in the flash memory storage business, just announced a definitive agreement to acquire Pliant Technology, a leading developer of enterprise solid state drives, for a cool $327 million in cash. The deal has already been approved by the board of directors of both companies and is now just pending regulatory review and approval. "Flash memory is making significant inroads into the enterprise by dramatically increasing application performance and reducing power consumption," said Sanjay Mehrotra, SanDisk president and chief executive officer. "We believe that the combination of Pliant's innovative technology and enterprise-level system expertise with SanDisk's high-quality, large-scale... Read more...
45nm? Old. 32nm? Close, but no cigar. 19nm? That's the stuff. We're just kidding around about 45nm process technology being "so last year," but in reality, things truly are evolving really quickly in the CPU universe. And maybe even faster in the memory universe. SanDisk is obviously a major player in the latter, and they just announced a new 19-nanometer manufacturing technology, which is listed as the world's smallest, most advanced process node. The 19nm 64-gigabit X2 memory chip is the smallest NAND memory chip in the world, with volume production slated for 2H 2011. SanDisk will sample its 19nm 64Gb X2 device this quarter, and once they hit mass production, the company will also add 3-bits-per-cell... Read more...
It's pretty amazing how tiny storage is becoming. 3.5" hard drives just seem enormous sitting beside some of these tiny modules, but that's a good thing. The smaller we can get things, the easier it'll be to become mobile, so no gripes there. SanDisk is a big proponent of small, and that's shown with the introduction of their new iNAND and iNAND Ultra e.MMC devices, which offer up to 64GB of storage in a tiny 12mm x 16mm package. The company's introducing even thinner packages, which measure as thin as 1mm, useful for sliding high-capacity flash modules into phones and tablets. SanDisk reduced its iNAND package sizes by using advanced 24nm generation NAND memory chips, which are more compact... Read more...
Taking aim at serious photography buffs and enthusiasts who "need to shoot like the pros," SanDisk today introduced its new Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-I card. What is UHS-I, you ask? For those of you not savvy to the newly released SD 3.0 specification, that's the new Ultra High Speed technology, and with it, SanDisk says its card can achieve up to 45MB/s read and write speeds. "SanDisk has a long history of developing fast, highly reliable cards for photography enthusiasts and professionals," said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. "Our new SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC card lets consumers take their skills to the next level by capturing high-resolution still images, fast-moving action... Read more...
Do you love speed? Do you need a new CompactFlash card? SanDisk has something you should check out, but only if you have loads of spare cash. It's funny, really. New hard drives and other storage mediums are always crazy expensive whenever a new size/capacity emerges, and that's evident again with the introduction of the newest SanDisk CF card. The company's Extreme Pro CF card lineup is growing, with a massive 128GB card being launched this month. That's 128GB on a single CF card, with 100MB/sec transfers, a Power Core controller and a UDMA-7 interface. SanDisk is clearly aiming the new card at professionals who crave the speed, particular those who shoot heavy amounts of 1080p video footage.... Read more...
When we think of SanDisk, we typically think of CompactFlash cards and other storage mediums for photography buffs (like the SanDisk Ultra SDXC memory card line). But SanDisk also dabbles in solid state drive options, some of which you'll find in Asus' upcoming Eee Slate EP121 tablets. Asus opted to use both the 32GB and 64GB SanDisk P4 modular solid state drives (pSSD) for its new slate. These SSDs boast burst random write performance of 4KB up to 600 IOPS and sport large, non-volatile write cache technology (nCache). "The large storage capacity and small form factor of SanDisk's P4 SSD contribute to the highly functional design and ease of mobility that the Eee Slate EP121 tablet offers," said... Read more...
Well, this is the pain of progress. We love keeping things the same simply because it's easy. It's easy to acquire things that are compatible, and it's easy to forecast the future. But limits are eventually hit, and we have to innovate to move forward, even in the memory realm. The existing memory card formats that we have today have been in use for a good while, and the CompactFlash Association knows it has to stay one step ahead of the SD Association if they want to maintain a tight grip on pro photographs and the like. Today, the group announced the formation of a new working group to develop a next-generation memory card. Nikon, SanDisk and Sony proposed the new format in order to meet the... Read more...
In a joint announcement with middleware set-top box software company NDS MediaHighway, SanDisk today announced that its P4 solid state drives (SSDs) will be jammed into a new range of affordable set-top boxes with DVR-like functionality. "For the first time, SSDs are now a cost-effective alternative to hard drives in the STB market," said Doron Myserdorf, senior director, SSDs, SanDisk. "The successful integration of SanDisk P4 SSD with NDS STB software enables new business models in the STB market, and takes Video on Demand content beyond teh DVR to offer a high degree of DVR-like functionality on a new range of boxes." A pair of SanDisk P4 SSDs. The ones used for set-top boxes will check in... Read more...
Is SanDisk back in the portable media player business? It looks like the answer may be "yes!" The company's Sansa line has faltered in recent years, with the last unit to come from it being introduced so long ago that most of you probably don't even remember it. The company's CEO once admitted that no one could "out iPod the iPod," so we just assumed SanDisk gave up trying as Apple continued to gobble up market share. Clearly that's not entirely true. The Sansa Fuze+ is the company's comeback device, but it's not even trying to go toe-to-toe with Microsoft's Zune HD or Apple's iPod touch. Instead, it's aiming at a lower-end market; a market that might better appreciate their slotMusic and slotRadio... Read more...
Is that a SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB flash drive in your pocket, or did you just take a cold shower? If we threw you for a loop on that one, it's because SanDisk's latest USB flash drive is about the size of a standard paper clip and weighs about the same as a U.S. penny, so stuffing it into your pants isn't going to give that you that confidence-inducing bulge. What it will give you is up to 16GB of storage space, or as little as 2GB, depending on what your budget allows. According to SanDisk, a 4GB Cruzer Blade will hold up to 1,000 songs, 1,200 high-res photos, or 8 hours of 768kb/s video. "At half the size of some other USB drives, our compact Cruzer Blade provides consumers with highly portable... Read more...
Talk about a marvelous name for a product. In the world of flash memory, it's hard to keep any two devices apart. They all just seem to bleed together, accomplishing the same task regardless of the label. But SanDisk has somehow figured out a way to perk itself up in the midst of such an industry. How so? By naming their newest SD card the "WORM." The SD WORM card is a rather unique Secure Digital card, designed to actually store images for up to 100 years, which is far longer than the average disc. Most archives have used tapeless storage that was built to last for centuries, but having a memory card that almost do the same could certainly be helpful. There's no doubt that SanDisk is aiming... Read more...
SanDisk is increasing the capacity and improving the performance of its SSD product line with new drives. The SSD G4 is designed as a drop-in replacement for notebook hard drives and the SSD P4 makes it possible for manufacturers to offer even thinner netbook and tablet computers. Both drives double the capacities of the company's previous SSD offerings—the SanDisk SSD P4 offers up to 128GB and the SanDisk SSD G4 offers up to 256GB of storage. The new drives are being evaluated by top tier OEMs; High-volume production of the drives is expected in the third quarter of this year. SanDisk Doubles Capacity and Improves Performance of Its SSD Product Lines New Solid State Drives Ideal for Notebooks,... Read more...
Score a point for SanDisk, the flash memory card maker who managed to convince Microsoft to let them be the ones to provide the official Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive. Microsoft added USB storage device support to its gaming console less than a month ago, and with SanDisk's USB stick, gamers need not worry about formatting or downloading an initial storage update. Just plug it in and you're good to go. "Xbox LIVE contains a world of content for gamers to explore and download, including full-length games, movies and music," said Shuki Nir, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Retail, SanDisk. "The Xbox 360 USB Flash Drive by SanDisk is specifically engineered to deliver a great user experience... Read more...
MicroSDHC. It's a card within the popular Secure Digital family, but it's one you don't hear about very often. It's extremely small, smaller than a thumbnail, and they're generally quite expensive and only useful for cellphone owners. You see, most MicroSDHC card slots are found on mobile phones, where a small card is needed to boost storage capacity on a small device. Up until now, 16GB was the maximum size, and even those cost well over $100 at launch. SanDisk is utilizing a newer 32nm X3 process technology in order to cram more memory than ever into the same MicroSDHC card format. The new ceiling sits at 32GB, a whopping amount that should satisfy all but the most avid of media collectors.... Read more...
Another day, another new device from SanDisk. Shortly after the storage behemoth introduced their 64GB Ultra SDXC memory card, here comes something for the notebook users. The S3 solid state drive is a suitable replacement for the notebook HDD that's dragging you down so much, and it's available in two sizes (60GB and 120GB).The flash-based drive couples speed and reliability into a stunning 2.5" form factor, and it also uses ExtremeFFS to "accelerate random write performance." It's said to be up to twice as fast as 7200RPM alternatives, with sequential performance of up to 220 megabytes per second (MB/sec) read and up to 120MB/sec write promised. The drive also supports the newest Windows 7... Read more...
SDXC is the next generation of the long-standing Secure Digital memory card format, which has become quite popular and pervasive over the past few years. SDXC was initially announced at CES 2009, and it has taken over a year for the first cards (from Panasonic) to ship to consumers. Now, SanDisk is marching in as the second memory company to ship an SDXC card to the public, and the price tag is somewhat less shocking here compared to the Panasonic variety.The 64GB SanDisk Ultra SDXC promises up to 15MB/sec read speed and a Class 4 speed rating, but it's capable of capturing and storing "massive" 1080p video files with ease. SDXC cards are based on the new SD 3.0 specification, which means that... Read more...
As users of today's mobile phones and other portable devices demand increased storage capacities, SanDisk is striving to meet those needs with its new SanDisk iNAND Embedded Flash Drives (EFD). The SanDisk iNAND EFDs provide up to 64GB of capacity in a single device and can be used for boot, system code, and mass storage functions. SanDisk Doubles Storage Capacity for Mobile Phones and Portable Devices with Introduction of 64GB iNAND Embedded Flash Drives Support for e.MMC 4.4 Interface Now Available INAND EFDs Perform Boot, System Code and Mass Storage Functions With Single Device SanDisk’s Advanced 32nm 3-bit-per-cell (X3) NAND Flash Technology Reduces Complexity of High Capacity Embedded SolutionsBARCELONA,... Read more...
Two things we like are solid state drives and skinny notebooks, so you can only imagine our excitement over this one. Sony's super-slim, highly stylish VAIO X laptop is relying on SanDisk's modular SSD, giving this thing an extra boost of speed it may otherwise miss out on. We've shown time and time again in testing that SSD-based machines are far quicker and much more enjoyable to use then HDD-based rigs, so we think Sony's making a smart move by incorporating this one into a machine that'll undoubtedly get a lot of attention.SanDisk's second-generation pSSD Solid State Drive (64GB) has been selected for use in the VAIO X, and given its diminutive size (54mm x 32mm x 4.4mm), the 7.1-gram device... Read more...
We know--most of you think "AMD" when you hear "X4," but there are actually more than one X4 technologies that you should be aware of. In a quiet, but remarkably excited announcement made this week by SanDisk, it has made clear that actually products are now shipping based around the revolutionary X4 memory technology, and while it doesn't really mean much for you now, it will in time.You see, SDHC and Memory Stick PRO cards employing X4 tech can grow to be huge--much larger than the capacities we're seeing today. Based on 43-nanometer process technology, the 64-gigabit (Gb) NAND flash chip is the highest-density single-die memory device in the world to enter production; put simply, this new... Read more...
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