SanDisk enters the portable SSD market…and how!

Written by RedShark News Staff

SanDisk/RedSharkTwo new families: the 500 and 900 Extremes

Two new families of high-performance drives announce SanDisk’s entrance into the portable SSD market, offering impressive speed at one end and pocket-sized ruggedness at the other. The number of storage options for data wrangling duties has just expanded impressively as a result.

The two new families are the SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable, billed as the world’s fastest line of Type C-based portable SSDs; and the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable, the company’s new pocket-sized, ruggedised drives. The two units feature transfer speeds of up to nine times and four times faster than a standard portable hard drive respectively.

The Extreme 900s are available in up to 1.92TB, are built into a durable aluminium case, and feature speeds of up to 850MB/s. They ship with both USB Type-C and Type-A cables and 480GB, 960GB, and 1.92TB flavours are available for $399.99, $599.99, and $999.99 respectively.

The Extreme 500, meanwhile, is half the size of a smartphone and allows users to transfer files at up to 415MB/s. Available in up to 480GB it features rubber bumpers, and a metal ring that easily clips into a bag.120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities are available at $99.99, $149.99, and $239.99.

Both are made of temperature and impact-resistant materials and also feature SanDisk SecureAccess software, which provides 128-bit encryption to secure files and help ensure that data remains secure even if disks get mislaid.

Full press release over the page…


SanDisk Expands Into the External Storage Market with World’s Highest- Performing Portable SSD
New family of offerings feature world’s fastest line-up of Type C-based portable SSDs

COMPUTEX 2015 — TAIPEI, Taiwan – June 1, 2015 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today entered the portable SSD market with a family of high-performance drives, including the SanDisk Extreme® 900 Portable SSDs, the world’s fastest line of Type C-based portable SSDs; and the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSDs, the company’s new pocket-sized, rugged drives. The SanDisk Extreme 900 drives feature speeds of up to nine times faster than a portable hard drive1, while the SanDisk Extreme 500 drives offer speeds up to four times faster. These powerful solutions are ideal for photographers, videographers, creative professionals and tech enthusiasts looking to move massive files at phenomenal speeds, helping them save time and simplify work processes at the office or out in the field.

“As a recognized leader in developing solutions for professional photographers and videographers, we designed this game-changing family of offerings to provide our customers with even greater speeds and capacities to keep up with rapidly increasing demands for high-quality content,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “Whether a professional or amateur, this level of portability, speed and capacity is exceptional, and we believe it will transform the way people create and produce high quality video content—ultimately saving them time and money.”

The SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSDs are all about performance and capacity. Available in up to 1.92TB, the new drives features transfer speeds nine times faster than a portable hard drive, giving users a significant advantage when they are working with 4K video, taking detailed high-res photos or creating large graphics files.

With its compact, durable aluminum case, professionals can take the SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD with them wherever they go, allowing them to carry a massive digital portfolio they can access and share in just seconds. With superfast speeds of up to 850MB/s, the SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD dramatically reduces wait times, instantly accelerating user work flow regardless of file size. These new drives come with both USB Type-C and Type-A cables to provide the ultimate flexibility when working between systems.

The SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSD is less than half the size of your smartphone and delivers more than four times the speed of a portable hard drive1. The new pocket-sized drive allows users to transfer big videos and photo libraries at up to 415MB/s**. Available in up to 480GB* capacity, this light-weight yet durable drive is a high-performance solution suitable for anyone looking for a fast, reliable storage on the go. Designed for ultimate portability and durability, the SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSDs feature a sleek black finish with unique rubber bumpers, and a metal ring that easily clips into a bag.

"We are now shooting with as many as twelve 4K cameras at once, so on set I need the most reliable and cutting-edge technology available to access, share and transfer enormous files. Every minute counts when we are on location, so with these new, extraordinarily fast, portable SSDs from SanDisk, I can spend less time waiting on file transfer, and more time on creativity,” said Sam Nicholson, CEO of Stargate Studios and member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

Professional photographers and videographers around the world turn to SanDisk to provide state-of-the art products. These new portable SSDs are built to sustain the most rugged environments, featuring both temperature and impact-resistant materials, ideal for many work environments. The new family of SanDisk Extreme Portable SSDs also feature SanDisk SecureAccess™ software with 128-bit encryption to secure files.

Pricing and Availability

The SanDisk Extreme 500 Portable SSDs will be available worldwide in capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, at MSRPs of $99.99, $149.99 and $239.99 respectively. The SanDisk Extreme 900 SSDs will be available worldwide in capacities of 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB at MSRPs of $399.99, $599.99 and $999.99, respectively. Both new SSD lines feature a three-year warranty.

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