SUNNYVALE, CA, May 23, 2000 -- SanDisk Corporation (Nasdaq: SNDK), today announced that QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, will provide support for flash storage MultiMediaCards, co-invented by SanDisk, in QUALCOMM's CDMA chipsets and system software solutions.
The announcement marks QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies' (QCT) initial support for a removable storage card in its CDMA chipsets and system software.
The first QCT product that will utilize the stamp-sized MultiMediaCard will be the MSM3300™ Mobile Station Modem (MSM™) solution, the first multimedia-enabled chipset and system software solution. With built-in support for the MultiMediaCard, the MSM3300 solution features the highest level of integration of multimedia features available for mobile phones, providing Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite location information, wireless communications based on the Bluetooth standard, and multimedia audio such as MP3 music and Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based multimedia software. An interface for MultiMediaCard storage will be built into the MSM3300 solution, allowing future phones to store CD-quality music, mapping information from a geographical navigation service, voice mail and data from other applications.
SanDisk is the world's largest supplier of removable flash memory MultiMediaCards. They are currently available from SanDisk in 8, 16, 32 and 64 megabyte (MB) capacities. The compact size (32mm x 21mm x 1.4mm) and low power requirement of the 2.7 volt SanDisk flash memory MultiMediaCard makes it an ideal storage medium for battery-powered devices such as mobile phones.
Johan Lodenius, senior vice president of marketing and product management for QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies, said, "The ultra-small SanDisk MultiMediaCard, offering mass storage in a rugged, standards-based format, was a logical choice. QUALCOMM expects that the MultiMediaCard will be a key enabling technology for future wireless technology."
Nelson Chan, SanDisk's senior vice president of marketing, said, "QUALCOMM's support for the SanDisk MultiMediaCard reflects the exploding market for Internet smart phones. Our advanced flash memory cards enable manufacturers and service providers to greatly expand functionality and differentiate their products, enhancing a new generation of ultra-portable devices with removable MultiMediaCard slots. These slots will offer users wireless communications, Internet access, GPS position location, multimedia music and much more."
SanDisk Corporation, the world's largest supplier of flash data storage 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, CA.
QUALCOMM Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's business areas include integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; Eudora® email software for Windows®and Macintosh® computing platforms; satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress™. QUALCOMM owns patents which are essential to all of the CDMA wireless telecommunications standards that have been adopted or proposed for adoption by standards-setting bodies worldwide. QUALCOMM has licensed its essential CDMA patent portfolio to more than 75 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2000 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
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 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.
QUALCOMM, OmniTRACS and Eudora are registered trademarks, and OmniExpress, MSM and MSM3300 are trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral QUALCOMM Satellite Services, Incorporated. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.