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SanDisk is a brand of Western Digital that produces flash memory products, including memory cards and readers, USB flash drives, and solid state drives. As of February 2015, SanDisk is the third-largest manufacturer of flash memory.[1]

SanDisk Corporation
Brand division
IndustryStorage devices
Founded1988; 31 years ago (1988)
FoundersEli Harari, Sanjay Mehrotra and Jack Yuan
Products
ParentWestern Digital
Websitewww.sandisk.com

On May 12, 2016, SanDisk Corporation was acquired by hard drive manufacturer Western Digital in a US$19 billion deal.[2][3]

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HistoryEdit

 
SanDisk founders: Jack Yuan, Eli Harari, and Sanjay Mehrotra (2010)

SanDisk was founded in 1988 by Eli Harari, Sanjay Mehrotra and Jack Yuan, incorporated at the time as SunDisk.[4] SanDisk co-founder Eli Harari developed the Floating Gate EEPROM which proved the practicality, reliability and endurance of semiconductor-based data storage.[5]

In 1991 SanDisk produced the first flash based SSD in a 2.5-inch hard disk drive form factor for IBM with a 20 MB capacity priced at about $1000.[6]

On May 10, 2000, the Toshiba Corporation of Japan and the SanDisk Corporation said that they would jointly form a new semiconductor company to produce advanced flash memory, primarily for digital cameras.[7]

AcquisitionsEdit

  • In October 2005, SanDisk acquired Matrix Semiconductor.[8]
  • In July 2006, SanDisk acquired M-Systems.[9]
  • In May 2011, SanDisk acquired Pilant Technology, a manufacturer of solid state drives, for US$327 million.[10]
  • In February 2012, SanDisk acquired FlashSoft.[11]
  • In June 2012, SanDisk acquired Schooner Information Technology, developer of the flash-optimized database software SchoonerSQL and caching software Membrain.[11]
  • In July 2013, SanDisk acquired SMART Storage Systems, a producer of SSDs for the enterprise market, for US$307 million.[12]
  • In June 2014, SanDisk acquired Fusion-io, a producer of flash memory for enterprise datacenters, for $1.1 billion.[13]

Awards and recognitionEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Market View: NAND Flash Brand Supplier Revenue Falls 6.6% in First Quarter". DRAMeXchange. 2015-02-05. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  2. ^ "Western Digital to acquire SanDisk for $19B". USA Today. Gannett Company. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
  3. ^ "Western Digital officially closes SanDisk acquisition". The Verge. Vox Media. May 12, 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  4. ^ Harris, Scott Duke (2008-07-13). "Mercury News interview: SanDisk CEO helped launch digital revolution". The San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  5. ^ "Santa Clara Valley Chapter Meeting: 'Future Directions for Semiconductor Non-Volatile Memory". Santa Clara University: IEEE Electron Devices Society. January 16, 1990.
  6. ^ "A History of Innovation". Western Digital. 1991. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "Toshiba and SanDisk Enter Joint Venture". New York Times. May 10, 2000.
  8. ^ "SanDisk to acquire Matrix Semiconductor". CNET. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  9. ^ "SanDisk To Buy msystems". The Street. 2006-07-31. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2006-08-21.
  10. ^ "SanDisk Plans To Buy SSD Maker Pliant Technology". CRN.com. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  11. ^ a b "SanDisk Buys Schooner, Moves Into Enterprise Software Space". CRN.com. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  12. ^ "SanDisk acquires SMART Storage Systems for $307 million". ZDNet. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  13. ^ "SanDisk to Acquire Troubled Fusion-io for $1.2 Billion". Recode. Vox Media. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  14. ^ Fairsmith, Christine (Oct 24, 2014). "ELI HARARI '73 RECEIVES HONOR FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA". Princeton. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  15. ^ Lezhnev, Sasha; Alex Hellmuth (Aug 2012). "Taking Conflict Out of Consumer Gadgets: Company Rankings on Conflict Minerals 2012" (PDF). Enough Project. Retrieved 2012-08-17.

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