SanDisk is a leading player in flash storage markets for almost twenty years. Since 1988, SanDisk was founded and has maintained their position at the top over the past 20 years.
They became key players in the industry and were constantly innovating from the moment that they launched, quite literally into space.
Let’s go back in time and look at how SanDisk got here, the leaders of innovation in flash storage.
SanDisk is expanding the storage possibilities since 1997. From a start-up of three people in Silicon Valley to a global corporation with more than 8,000 employees, SanDisk has maintained a consistent commitment towards advancing technology and anticipating customer needs.
Eli Harari’s first project, “System Flash”, is being worked on in Palo Alto (California), from a small office. This revolutionary concept would replace HDDs in battery-operated, portable devices.
Harari’s teenage daughter came up with the name SunDisk. It sounds like a “cheerful, sunny” name.
SunDisk’s vision for the future is Flash memory. This flash memory will be used for “an emerging, new class of compact and portable products such hand-held computers or electronic notebooks…and mobile telephones.”
SunDisk has launched its first products based upon SunDisk 4Mb Flash chip.
SunDisk is closely involved with Canon, Kodak & other camera manufacturers in standardizing card slots. The goal is to eventually create an ecosystem that allows digital photographers to take full advantage the ever-expanding card capacities and performance.
SunDisk opened a Japan-based sales office in Japan to meet growing global demand.
U.S. Space Shuttle blasts into orbit with a SunDisk Flashdrive code-named Rainbow. Flash storage’s toughness makes Flash storage ideal for extreme application.
SanDisk goes public at $10.00 per Share on November 8, 1995. SanDisk goes public on November 8, 1995 at $10.00 per share.
SunDisk officially changes its brand name to “SanDisk.”
SanDisk’s 64Mb MLC/NOR Flash chip is now available.
SanDisk has moved its headquarters from Sunnyvale to California.
SanDisk & Toshiba create the Flash Memory Industry’s first NAND joint venture. It is a partnership for high-volume manufacturing and cutting-edge technology.
SanDisk announces the world’s most advanced high-volume MLC.
SanDisk (Panasonic), Toshiba and Toshiba jointly developed the SD card format. Because of its small footprint, it’s a good storage medium. It allows for smaller and lighter electronic devices.
SanDisk drops its proprietary NOR Flash at 512Mb density. Instead, it transitions to NAND Flash memory chip chips that are high-capacity and jointly manufactured with Toshiba.
64MB SD ™ Card
SanDisk’s and Toshiba’s world-first commercial NAND MLC1Gb chip is available at the lowest market price.
SanDisk and Toshiba have a long-term relationship that is based in their strategic vision to provide Flash memory of the best quality and greatest capacity at the most affordable price.
128MB SD Cards
Memory Stick cards
1GB CompactFlash Cards
SanDisk, Toshiba and Toshiba have moved all NAND Flash wafers production to Toshiba’s Fabs 1 & 2 (Japan), and Yokkaichi (Japan).
SanDisk’s first USB drive, Cruzer(r), is now available.
USB drives will eventually replace spinning, flexible storage media like Zip and Iomega Clik.
The company celebrates this milestone by ringing at the NASDAQ Stock Exchange the opening bell.
SanDisk’s total revenues exceed $1 billion
SanDisk introduces SD Cards of Industrial Grade Performance for demanding applications.
SanDisk announces the miniSD removable memory card for mobile phones.
SanDisk has introduced ABL technology to enhance Flash memory performance. ABL technology later became a common architecture for NAND Flash.
SanDisk’s average annual capacity increase is twice that of Moore’s Law, which applies to 90nm technology.
SanDisk & Motorola jointly launch the TransFlash(tm), an interchangeable card that can be used to store data on mobile phones. Later, it is renamed MicroSD.
The microSD Card is now the fastest growing form factor. Five million cards are sold in the first year.
128MB microSDTM Memory Card
Sansa(r), MP3 Player
NAND pricing has dropped from $167 a $46 per 1GB in 2003 to 2005. This allows Flash memory, which is more common for a wider array of end consumer applications, to become more affordable and accessible at a lower price.
SanDisk acquires Matrix Semiconductor. Matrix Semiconductor pioneers and supplies 3D programmable chip technology.
1GB SanDisk microSD Memory Card
SanDisk acquires M-Systems(tm), a company that was founded in 1989, focusing on embedded Flash and mobile phones storage. They are also the inventors of USB Flash drives.
Sanjay Mehrotra was elected President and Chief Operating Officer.
Sanjay Mehrotra & Eli Harari receive the IEEE Reynold B. Johnson Data Storage Device Technology Award to recognize their pioneering work in Flash storage technology that revolutionized data storage.
SanDisk’s first office opens in China. The Test and Assembly Shanghai plant provides both manufacturing and assembly services and retail distribution to customers in this region.
SanDisk unveils 2.5-inch SSDs (1.8-inch) to replace HDDs within notebook computers. This is the first step towards SSDs becoming a viable and economically appealing storage option.
IBM selects SanDisk SSDs to store Flash-based data on its blade servers.
32GB SATA 500 SSD
SanDisk unveils new Flash management to increase SSD performance, reliability.
SanDisk launches “pSSD” flash memory modules for a new class of ultra-low cost mobile PCs.
MLC-based SSDs become available. Prices start to rise at acceptable levels for SSDs to be mainstream products.
32GB SanDisk Extreme III CompactFlash Card
SanDisk offers the world’s very first Flash memory cards that are 64Gb X4 (4 bits per cell) using NAND Flash technology. The new technology can store four bits of information in each memory cell, twice the amount of traditional MLC memories chips.
Harari receives 2009 IEEE Robert N. Noyce Memorial in recognition for his leadership in developing and commercializing Flash memory technology.
64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memo Card
Eli Harari is retiring from SanDisk as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at the end 2010.
64GB SanDisk iSSDTM Integrated Storage Device
Sanjay Mehrotra, the CEO, was appointed January 1, 2011.
As MLC NAND Flash is adopted, prices continue to fall, driving the growth of enterprise SSD markets.
SanDisk purchases Pliant Technology This acquisition strategically combines enterprise level systems expertise with large-scale Flash storage production by SanDisk.
SanDisk has shipped its first SSDs high-performance to retail channels.
128GB SanDisk Pro CompactFlash Memo Card
64GB SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC(tm)
Lightning(r) SAS Enterprise SSDs
SanDisk constructs a second building to expand the assembly and testing facilities in Shanghai.
SanDisk purchases FlashSoft and Schooner Information Technology enterprise storage software developers.
IEEE recognizes Harari’s efforts with an IEEE Milestone.
SanDisk ships approximately 2,000,000 products per day.
128GB Cruzer Glide(tm) USB Flash Drive
Lightning PCIe Enterprise SSAs
Acquisition of SMART Storage Systems to increase its focus in the enterprise storage market
Ships first 19nm-technology products.
Thomson Reuters recognized as a Top 100 Global Innovator 2012 by Thomson Reuters.
As a founding member of the US2020 STEM education Initiative,
World’s First CFast2.0 Memory Card Announced
World’s First High Volume 256GB CompactFlash card with VPG65
SanDisk Connect(tm), A Line of Wireless Flash Storage Products, Announced
SSD Line-Up Expanded for Consumers and PC Manufacturers
Announces 15nm technology as the world’s leading NAND flash processing node.
Fusion-io, a top PCIe storage provider, is acquired
Patent portfolio exceeds 5000.
Thomson Reuters recognizes Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 global innovator
Optimus Max(tm), World’s First 4TB Enterprise SAS SD SSD
128GB SanDisk® Ultra(r), microSDXCTM, World’s highest capacity microSD Card
512GB SanDisk Ultra PRO(r), SDXC(tm), Largest SD Card Capacity in the World
iXpand USB flash drive, the first in its class for iPhone and iPad
InfiniFlash, an all-flash storage device, creates a new storage category.
The company enters portable SSD markets with a line of high-performance drives.
Since 2005, 2 Billion microSDTM cards shipped
The First High-Endurance microSDXC card from the Company
200GB SanDisk ultra(r) microSDXCTM ™, the World’s Highest-Capacity microSD Cards
iNAND (r) 7232, Best in-Class Embedded Storage System
SanDisk Ultra Fit(tm), USB – The World’s Smallest 128GB USB3.0 Flashdrive
“Today, our storage solutions can be found at many of the leading data centers in the world. They are also available in your favorite electronic products and in hundreds upon thousands of retail stores across the globe. We are constantly recognized as a global innovator. In fact, we have more than 5,000 patents. Our industry transformation is ongoing thanks to our continuous research into 3-D memory, and the advancements that make it possible to increase capacities and create new devices.