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SanDisk Mobile Storage Portfolio Expanded with Faster, Higher Capacity USB Type-C Flash Drive

juin 1, 2016

New SanDisk Ultra® Dual Drive USB Type-C™ offers hassle-free transfer between smartphones and next-generation USB-C™ devices

COMPUTEX 2016 — TAIPEI, Taiwan – June 1, 2016 – Western Digital® Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today expanded its line of SanDisk-branded mobile storage solutions with the new SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drive. The newest generation drive features a new retractable design, faster speeds and higher capacity, giving consumers the ability to quickly and easily free up space and transfer content between their smartphones and today’s USB-C devices1.

"With its reversible connector, impressive speeds, and multi-purpose potential, USB Type-C is a game-changer," said Dinesh Bahal, vice president of SanDisk product marketing, Western Digital. "More Type-C devices are entering the market and through our Type-C mobile drives, we can offer consumers a complete line of mobile storage solutions. The new SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drive now provides more than twice the capacity and offers the flexibility to quickly and conveniently move photos, videos and files between devices, as well as the freedom to expand device capacity."

Now available in up to 128GB*, the sleek, new SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C includes one reversible USB Type-C connector and one standard USB (Type-A) connector, enabling users to easily free up space on a smartphone or tablet, or transfer files between smartphones, tablets and computers and next-generation devices. The drive also now delivers high-speed USB 3.1 performance of up to 150MB/s2 – offering users phenomenal speeds when moving their photos, videos and files to a computer.

"By 2020 we expect that 44 percent of all mobile phones sold worldwide will include a USB-C connector, that’s about 800% growth over the next four years," said Ken Hyers, director, Wireless Device Strategies, Strategy Analytics. "At this rate of anticipated growth, we expect to see more and more solutions like the SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drive that offer consumers a way to move and access their content between devices with varying connectors."

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drive also works with the SanDisk® Memory Zone app for Android™, giving users an easy way to manage and back up content on their device. The app, which is available for free through the Google Play™ Store3, auto-launches upon insertion of the drive into a compatible device, allowing immediate access to the user’s content.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C flash drive complements the company’s suite of SanDisk brand USB Type-C flash memory solutions which range from USB drives to portable SSDs.

Pricing and Availability
The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Type-C Flash Drive features a five-year warranty4, and is now available worldwide at Amazon and other leading retailers. The new offering comes in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB with U.S. MSRPs of $19.99, $29.99, $39.99 and $69.99, respectively.

About Western Digital
Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is an industry-leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions with customer-focused innovation, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers. For more information, please visit www.hgst.com, www.wd.com, and www.sandisk.com.

About SanDisk
SanDisk, a Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) brand, provides trusted and innovative flash storage products that have transformed the electronics industry. SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide.

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©2016 Western Digital Corp. or affiliates. All rights reserved. SanDisk and SanDisk Ultra are trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. USB-C™ and USB Type-C™ is a trademark of USB Implementers Forum. Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


*1GB = 1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less.

1 Mobile device requires USB Type-C port and On-The-Go (OTG) support. See www.sandisk.com/dualdrive-c for list of compatible devices.

2 32GB-128GB: Read speeds up to 150MB/s. 16GB: Read speeds up to 130MB/s. Write speeds lower and vary by capacity. USB 3.0 or USB Type-C with USB 3.1, Gen. 1/USB 3.0 support required. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes.

3 Download and installation required

4 See www.sandisk.com/wug


Forward-Looking Statements
This news release includes forward-looking statements, including projections that mobile phones sold worldwide will increasingly include USB-C connectors. Risks that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate include among others: slower than anticipated growth, lower than anticipated demand or weakness in demand, industry and technology trends not occurring in the timeline we anticipate or at all, or the other risks detailed from time-to-time in SanDisk Corporation’s and Western Digital Corporation’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. This news release contains statements from third parties, which reflect their projections as of the date of issuance. All statements made in this news release are made only as of the date of this release. Western Digital undertakes no obligations to update the information in this release in the event facts or circumstances change after the date of this release.

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Joanna Andrade
SanDisk, a Western Digital brand
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joanna.andrade@sandisk.com

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