HANNOVER, Germany (March 9, 2006) SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today introduced the SanDisk Ultra II Mobile line of flash memory cards for multimedia-enabled mobile phones. The SanDisk Ultra II Mobile memory cards have faster read and write speeds than standard flash memory cards, as well as longer warranty periods. Faster read/write speeds improve performance of the card for file transfer and play on personal computers. Also, they may reduce the energy consumption on the batteries of certain phones and are expected to accommodate performance requirements of future mobile phone models. The announcement was made at the CeBIT Show in Hannover, Germany, where SanDisk is debuting its products at the Mobile Communications Pavilion, in Hall 26, Stand D79, and at the main SanDisk exhibit in Hall 1, Stand C31.
The new line, which will be in mobile phone stores and other retailers this spring, consists of three memory card formats: microSD, miniSD and Memory Stick PRO Duo, and will be available starting at a capacity of 1 gigabyte. These high-capacity, high-performance SanDisk Ultra II cards have a minimum write speed of 9 megabytes per second and read speed of 10MB/second. The cards will be offered only in high capacities, ranging from 1GB to 4GB, and will have extended warranties in all regions of the world.
"Network operators and phone manufacturers are increasing the availability of premium content -- such as music, movies, games and broadcast TV -- that can be downloaded and stored on flash memory cards in the mobile phone," said David Smurthwaite, product marketing manager for SanDisk's mobile card line. "Our new SanDisk Ultra II Mobile line provides the ideal combination of speed, optimized energy consumption and high capacity points to meet the demands of the newest mobile phones as well as anticipated future models. Users of phones with MP3 players are buying 1GB cards and will immediately benefit from the speed in transferring large music playlists and videos from their computer to their card."
Smurthwaite said that "power users with high-end mobiles who frequently swap out large music playlists and full-length videos will like the speed boost when they transfer files back and forth to their card from their computer."