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SanDisk,
a provider of flash memory storage solutions, introduced the iNAND Extreme
embedded flash drive (EFD), SanDisk’s first in a new line of products designed
for high-end tablets running advanced operating systems and data-intensive
applications.

The
drive features up to 50 megabyte per second (MB/sec) sequential write and up to
80MB/sec sequential read speeds. The iNAND EFD is available in storage
capacities ranging from 2GB to 64GB for integration into handsets and other
designs that require an e.MMC interface. The drive features up to 30MB/sec read
and up to 13MB/sec write speeds and can serve as a boot device and mass storage
solution. The iNAND Ultra EFD offers up to 40MB/sec read and 20MB/sec write
speeds that increase the system responsiveness of feature-rich smartphones that
need fast, high-capacity storage in a small form factor.

“The
embedded application market is experiencing significant growth through the
increasing popularity and variety of mobile computing platforms,” said Jeff
Janukowicz, research manager of solid-state storage technology for IT research
firm IDC. “Companies with broad embedded product lineups and value-added
services have an increasing capability to meet the diverse needs within the
mobile market.”

All
iNAND EFDs utilize an advanced caching technology that increases system
responsiveness for faster application loading, Web browsing and multitasking.
SanDisk works closely with all major mobile OEMs, and chipset and operating
system vendors to ensure tight integration between host and storage devices.

“iNAND
Extreme broadens our embedded product line to cover the needs of all mobile
market segments, from feature phones to high-end tablets,” said Amir Lehr, vice
president of embedded business for SanDisk. “We offer OEMs high-quality
products as well as the experience and technical know-how needed to optimize
our solutions for specific applications and usage scenarios.”

Lehr
said high-performance embedded flash storage can significantly improve a
tablet’s multimedia synchronization speeds, file-transfer rates and operating
system responsiveness, and noted fast sequential performance is essential when
capturing HD2 and 3D2 video content or when transferring large files via the
high-speed USB 3.0 interface. By selecting the iNAND Extreme EFD for their
next-generation tablet designs, OEMs can improve the key performance criteria
that produce an enjoyable user experience, a company release stated.