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Leveraging a Strong Storage Legacy, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Continues to Innovate with a Roadmap that Extends to 24Gb/s SAS and Beyond SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 13, 2017) - Marking a year in which it celebrates its 20th anniversary, the SCSI Trade Association (STA), established to support and promote SCSI technology used in data storage interconnects, today announced its 2017 Board of Directors. "The longevity of STA is a testament to the continued innovation of SCSI technology, the foundation of today's predominant enterprise storage interface standard - Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)," said Rick Kutcipal, President, STA and Marketing Manager, Data Center Storage Group, Broadcom Limited. "Comprised of representatives from our member companies, our board of directors all make outstanding contributions to the storage industry and will be invaluable as we support a roadmap that extends to 24Gb/s SAS and beyond." The STA's executive officers and board of directors serve in a governance and fiduciary role by representing the interests of the organization's strategic planning and on-going operations. This translates into topnotch ideas and wisdom that turn into executable programs that benefit all STA members and the storage industry at-large. "SAS technology addresses a very large, growing market," said Jeff Janukowicz, Research Vice President, IDC. "Storage companies have always been the key players in implementing SAS storage and will remain a constant force in the coming years, ensuring SAS has a long and healthy life." Amphenol Corporation Astek Corporation BizLink Technology Inc. Broadcom Limited ConnPro Industries Inc. Foxconn Interconnect Technology, Ltd. Fujikura Ltd./DDK Intel Corporation Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Microsemi Corporation Molex, LLC Samsung Semiconductor Inc. Seagate Technology PLC TE Connectivity Ltd. Tektronix Inc. Teledyne LeCroy, Inc. Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. UNH-IOL (Honorary) Western Digital Corporation About STA The SCSI Trade Association (STA) was established in 1996 to provide a focal point for members to communicate the benefits of SCSI to the industry. STA promotes the understanding and use of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology and influences the evolution of SCSI standards to meet future industry needs. The Association has a ten-member Board of Directors, which oversees the Marketing Communications and Technology Committees and all STA activities. For more information, please visit the STA web site at http://www.scsita.org, send an email to info@scsita.org or call the STA office at (415) 561-6273.


News Article | November 1, 2016
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BOSTON, Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rapid7, Inc. (NASDAQ:RPD), a leading provider of security data and analytics solutions, today announced that it has appointed Judy Bruner to its Board of Directors, effective October 31, 2016. She has also joined the board’s audit committee. “I am pleased to welcome Judy Bruner to the Rapid7 board,” said Alan Matthews, chairman of the Board of Directors.  “Judy has an impressive track record of operational excellence as both a company executive and board member.  She brings a wealth of experience that will help us to capitalize on the tremendous market opportunity that lies ahead.” Ms. Bruner served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of SanDisk Corporation from June 2004 until the company’s acquisition by Western Digital Corporation earlier this year. Previously, she was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Palm, Inc., from September 1999 until June 2004. She also held financial management positions at 3Com Corporation, Ridge Computers, and Hewlett-Packard Company. Ms. Bruner holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. Ms. Bruner has also served on a number of boards during her impressive career. She currently serves on the board of directors of Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Applied Materials Inc., and Varian Medical Systems Inc. “Judy is a seasoned business executive with proven experience managing global enterprises,” said Corey Thomas, chief executive officer and president of Rapid7. “She is a valuable addition to our Board of Directors bringing financial and operational expertise that will be beneficial to Rapid7 and our shareholders. We are excited to have her leadership as we continue to scale our business and execute the Company’s long-term growth strategy.” About Rapid7 Rapid7 is a leading provider of security data and analytics solutions that enable organizations to implement an active, analytics-driven approach to cyber security. We combine our extensive experience in security data and analytics and deep insight into attacker behaviors and techniques to make sense of the wealth of data available to organizations about their IT environments and users. Our solutions empower organizations to prevent attacks by providing visibility into vulnerabilities and to rapidly detect compromises, respond to breaches, and correct the underlying causes of attacks. Rapid7 is trusted by more than 5,600 organizations across over 100 countries, including 37% of the Fortune 1000. To learn more about Rapid7 or get involved in our threat research, visit www.rapid7.com. Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes forward-looking statements. All statements contained in this press release other than statements of historical facts, including, without limitation, statements relating to the Company’s growth strategy, delivering long-term value and the company’s future market opportunities, are forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy, short-term and long-term business operations and objectives and financial needs. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks related to our rapid growth and ability to sustain our revenue growth rate, the ability of our products and professional services to correctly detect vulnerabilities, competition in the markets in which we operate, market growth, our ability to innovate and manage our growth, our ability to integrate acquired operations, our ability to operate in compliance with applicable laws as well as other risks and uncertainties set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2016 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 9, 2016, and subsequent reports that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements we may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance, achievements or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will occur. We are under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or revised expectations, except as required by law. You should, therefore, not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.


News Article | September 21, 2016
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The world's first-ever 1 TB SDXC card that doubles the storage capacity offered by the biggest current-gen memory card is finally here! On Tuesday, Sept. 20, global storage technology and solutions firm Western Digital Corporation (WDC) took the wraps off a prototype for its SanDisk 1 TB SDXC memory card at the ongoing Photokina show in Germany. The SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I with its monstrous 1 terabyte storage space even trumps storage space on a laptop! WDC's Dinesh Bahal, VP of Product Management (content solutions business unit), shared that the memory card is quite an evolution and bears testament to the company's innovative spirit and journey since it introduced the 64 MB SD card in 2000. The prototype of the 1 TB Extreme Pro SDXC is reflective of the increasing storage space demands with the changing times. Consumers and professionals are leaning toward higher storage capacities for memory cards as the demand for 4K and 8K content grows. "The SanDisk 1TB SD card prototype represents another significant achievement as growth of high-resolution content and capacity-intensive applications such as virtual reality, video surveillance and 360 video, are progressing at astounding rates," notes Bahal. With the onset of VR applications, the need for 1 TB capacity will be quite useful. Moreover, flagship cameras from companies such as Nikon, Sony, Canon and Fujifilm boast 50-megapixel sensors, which would require memory cards that offer higher storage support. Additionally, shooting 360-degree footage from drones or other devices will push the boundaries for storage limits. The prototype for the SanDisk memory card shared with the media was basically a "sanitized" version and did not indicate its speed. However, the SDXC I logo on the memory card hints at the transfer rate, which is usually 50 Mbps or 104 Mbps for these cards. Additionally, the Extreme Pro brand on the memory card reveals that the performance should be topnotch as it is SanDisk's top-end line. Those who need this kind of capacity in a camera, video camera, or drone will have to wait, however. SanDisk used a prototype of the card for its demo and the company didn't say when the card would actually be available for sale. WDC also didn't disclose the pricing for the impending 1 TB memory card, merely sticking to a diplomatic would "depend on market conditions when released" stance. The release window for the memory card is also veiled in mystery. However, considering the 512 GB SanDisk memory card unveiled at Photokina 2014 hit the shelves a few months after the announcement, the 1 TB card could also make its way to consumers in time for the holiday season. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | November 1, 2016
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BOSTON, Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rapid7, Inc. (NASDAQ:RPD), a leading provider of security data and analytics solutions, today announced that it has appointed Judy Bruner to its Board of Directors, effective October 31, 2016. She has also joined the board’s audit committee. “I am pleased to welcome Judy Bruner to the Rapid7 board,” said Alan Matthews, chairman of the Board of Directors.  “Judy has an impressive track record of operational excellence as both a company executive and board member.  She brings a wealth of experience that will help us to capitalize on the tremendous market opportunity that lies ahead.” Ms. Bruner served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of SanDisk Corporation from June 2004 until the company’s acquisition by Western Digital Corporation earlier this year. Previously, she was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Palm, Inc., from September 1999 until June 2004. She also held financial management positions at 3Com Corporation, Ridge Computers, and Hewlett-Packard Company. Ms. Bruner holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. Ms. Bruner has also served on a number of boards during her impressive career. She currently serves on the board of directors of Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Applied Materials Inc., and Varian Medical Systems Inc. “Judy is a seasoned business executive with proven experience managing global enterprises,” said Corey Thomas, chief executive officer and president of Rapid7. “She is a valuable addition to our Board of Directors bringing financial and operational expertise that will be beneficial to Rapid7 and our shareholders. We are excited to have her leadership as we continue to scale our business and execute the Company’s long-term growth strategy.” About Rapid7 Rapid7 is a leading provider of security data and analytics solutions that enable organizations to implement an active, analytics-driven approach to cyber security. We combine our extensive experience in security data and analytics and deep insight into attacker behaviors and techniques to make sense of the wealth of data available to organizations about their IT environments and users. Our solutions empower organizations to prevent attacks by providing visibility into vulnerabilities and to rapidly detect compromises, respond to breaches, and correct the underlying causes of attacks. Rapid7 is trusted by more than 5,600 organizations across over 100 countries, including 37% of the Fortune 1000. To learn more about Rapid7 or get involved in our threat research, visit www.rapid7.com. Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes forward-looking statements. All statements contained in this press release other than statements of historical facts, including, without limitation, statements relating to the Company’s growth strategy, delivering long-term value and the company’s future market opportunities, are forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy, short-term and long-term business operations and objectives and financial needs. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, risks related to our rapid growth and ability to sustain our revenue growth rate, the ability of our products and professional services to correctly detect vulnerabilities, competition in the markets in which we operate, market growth, our ability to innovate and manage our growth, our ability to integrate acquired operations, our ability to operate in compliance with applicable laws as well as other risks and uncertainties set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2016 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 9, 2016, and subsequent reports that we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements we may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance, achievements or events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will occur. We are under no duty to update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or revised expectations, except as required by law. You should, therefore, not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.


News Article | February 27, 2017
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BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today increased the capacity of its award-winning line of iOS mobile flash drives with the introduction of its 256GB** SanDisk® iXpandTM Flash Drive and 256GB SanDisk ConnectTM Wireless Stick. The new super-high capacity SanDisk drives now match the top-capacity iPhones and iPads available to consumers today, giving users the ability to capture significantly more videos, photos and music on their iPhones and iPads. “Consumers enjoy using the latest advanced mobile devices to capture high-resolution photos or to record 4K videos. With such advancements, device storage capacities are increasing, and we believe consumers will continue to demand separate high-capacity devices and storage solutions to help them manage their digital life,” said Neil Shah, research director, Counterpoint Research. “As people continue to capture more photos and videos on their iPhones, some eventually want to move them to another storage device or back up their valuable digital content,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president of product development, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “Our goal is to keep up with these evolving technologies by offering mobile storage solutions that help ensure consumers can capture those perfect moments without having to worry. With these incredible new capacities, we are delivering on that goal by helping users save, share, backup and transfer content without storage limitations.” The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is a mobile storage device designed to help people quickly and easily free up space on their iPhone and iPad1 – now offering up to 256GB of additional capacity. It features a flexible Lightning connector and a USB 3.0 connector so users can quickly and easily move photos and videos between their iPhone and iPad – and Mac or PC. The product features the award-winning companion app, the iXpand Drive app for iPhone and iPad, which offers new features and an improved user experience. The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive allows users to automatically back up2 their camera roll, content from social networking sites including tagged photos from Facebook and Instagram2, and watch popular video formats straight from the drive3 via the iXpand Drive app. The drive also includes encryption software that password-protects files4, allowing people to share their content while helping keep sensitive files protected across devices. As part of the update, people can now cast content from the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive to their television via ChromecastTM device or Amazon FireTM directly from the app. The app is available for download from the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and launches when the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is plugged into an iPhone or iPad – allowing for access to the user’s content and easy file management. Now with up to 256GB of capacity, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick offers iPhone and iPad users the ability to store and stream a massive amount of content at their fingertips6. It features the SanDisk Connect app7 for iPhone and iPad which enables nearly effortless management of content between devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and PC – offered via password-protected Wi-Fi connectivity. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is capable of streaming music, videos or HD movies to three devices at a time via the SanDisk Connect app and is a popular choice for people looking for a simple way to share and stream content between multiple devices and computers. The app also supports streaming on large displays via AirPlay with Apple TV. The four-star SanDisk Connect app is available for download on the App Store. The 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive and SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick are available now at Amazon, Best Buy.com, bhphotovideo.com and other popular retailers, with an MSRP of $279.99. The complete line of SanDisk mobile storage solutions can be purchased at more than 300,000 retailers worldwide. 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. 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. This news release includes forward-looking statements, including the expected availability and performance of the 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive and SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick and their features, availability, and their benefits to customers. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including our most recently filed periodic report to which your attention is directed. We do not intend to update the information contained in this release. *Based on average 10MP photo files size (3 MB) and 1080P video file size (4GB/60 mins @ HD standard MPEG-4 AVCHD/H.264) **1 GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less. 1iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPad Air™, iPad mini™, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad with Retina display, iPod® 5th Generation and newer; iXpand Drive app and iOS 8.2 required. 2Available for download from the App Store. iOS 8.2 required. Setup automatic backup within app settings. 3Support for .WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV video formats. DRM-protected content cannot be streamed. Check with the content provider for playback restrictions. 4Password protection uses 128-bit AES encryption and is supported by iOS 8.2, Mac OS X v10.8, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. 5 Up to 45 meters (150ft.) with clear line of sight. Actual range may vary depending upon position, signal interference and other factors. 6Some DRM-protected content cannot be streamed. Check with the content provider for playback restrictions. HD (1280x720) video support may vary based on host device, file attributes and other factors. 7App available for download on the App Store, Google Play™ store and Amazon Appstore for Android™. ©2017 Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates. All rights reserved. SanDisk, iXpand and SanDisk Connect are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the US and/or other countries. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac iPad, iPad mini, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, AirPlay, and Lightning are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Chromecast is a trademark of Google Inc. Amazon Fire TV, and logo is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. Western Digital Technologies, Inc. is the seller of record and licensee in the Americas of SanDisk® products.


PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--$AVT #components--Avnet will now offer HGST-branded products and solutions in China. This agreement builds on Avnet’s successful relationships with Western Digital Corporation and its HGST brand already in region.


News Article | November 16, 2016
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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WDLabs™, a business growth incubator and accelerator of storage solutions leader Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC), today announced availability of the WD® PiDrive Foundation Edition products, which combine microSD™ card and USB drive functionality with operating system installation software to provide the Raspberry Pi® community an integrated and highly affordable storage system solution for fast project creation. “It is similar to about 30 years ago whe


News Article | February 23, 2017
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SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that it will participate in the following two investor conferences: The live presentations at each conference will be available via webcast on the company’s Investor Relations home page at investor.wdc.com. Webcast archives will be available shortly after each event. Western Digital 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. Financial and investor information is available on the company's Investor Relations website at investor.wdc.com. Western Digital, WD and SanDisk are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks, registered trademarks, and/or service marks, indicated or otherwise, are the property of their respective owners. © 2017 Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates. All rights reserved.


BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS - Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today introduced the iNAND® 7350 storage solution, the company’s most advanced and highest capacity embedded flash drive (EFD) to date. Leveraging Western Digital’s 3D NAND and unique and highly intelligent, fourth-generation SmartSLC technology, iNAND 7350 delivers up to 256 gigabytes (GB)1 of reliable and responsive embedded storage that is ideal for data-rich applications and next-generation mobile experiences. “Our new 256GB iNAND 7350 is the highest capacity embedded storage device available today on e.MMC, the industry’s most proven interface,” said Christopher Bergey, vice president of Embedded and Integrated Solutions with Western Digital. “By combining our 3D NAND technology and latest application-aware architecture, we have built the iNAND 7350 storage device to deliver an exceptional balance of performance, capacity and cost-efficiency. This can enable smartphone manufacturers to introduce mainstream devices that offer the high capacity consumers crave and deliver outstanding application experiences – from high-quality 4K Ultra HD video playback to next-generation augmented reality (AR).” Designed with smartphone original equipment manufacturers’ (OEMs) needs in mind, the iNAND 7350 is the first Western Digital embedded storage solution to leverage the company’s 3D NAND technology, which helps enhance the device’s performance, capacity and data retention. The new addition to the SanDisk-branded iNAND family of solutions is the company’s best performing embedded mobile storage device to date. The newly enhanced SmartSLC technology inside iNAND 7350 enables it to quickly and intelligently respond on-demand to deliver the ideal level of application performance needed. This proven and proprietary technology also helps to enhance the device’s sequential write speed, allowing it to provide speeds of up to nearly 2 gigabits (Gb) per second2. This translates to a better experience for consumers who can now transfer a 1GB digital file up to 40 percent faster compared to smartphones built with the company’s previous generation embedded mobile device.3 In addition, the iNAND 7350 also delivers outstanding random read performance, offering speeds of up to 22,000 IOPs4 – the fastest random read performance of any e.MMC device5. With these advancements, the iNAND 7350 can easily support today’s most advanced Wi-Fi and cellular speeds, as well as popular applications such as social media. It can also enhance the performance of consumers’ most demanding experiences, such as 4K Ultra HD video capture, AR and virtual reality, and professional-quality photography. * See https://www.sandisk.com/oem-design/mobile for additional product information or visit the SanDisk stand at Mobile World Congress 2017 (Hall 3, Stand Number 3K25). Currently sampling iNAND 7350 storage solution to select OEMs, with general availability beginning in Q2 2017. Western Digital 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. Financial and investor information is available on the company's Investor Relations website at investor.wdc.com. Western Digital is a registered trademark or trademark of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. © 2017 Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 2 – Speed based on 128GB capacity only; actual sequential write speeds up to 250MB/s. Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending upon drive capacity, host device, file attributes, OS and application. 3 – Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending upon drive capacity, host device, file attributes, OS and application. 4 – 22,000 IOPs speed based on 128GB and 256GB only. Based on internal testing; performance may vary depending upon drive capacity, host device, file attributes, OS and application. 5 – Highest speed based on 32GB only. Based on internal testing using Android Bench; performance may vary depending upon drive capacity, host device, file attributes, OS and application. This news release contains certain forward-looking statements, including expectations for 3D NAND technology, including its development, timing for initial output, commercial volume production, product sampling and shipment, capabilities, performance improvements, applications, capacities and customers that are based on current expectations. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the company's Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 8, 2016, to which your attention is directed. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.


News Article | February 27, 2017
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BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today announced the company is working with industry-leading smartphone technology manufacturers to ensure consumers can take full advantage of the new A1 specification with its SanDisk products. Together, A1-enabled smartphones and SanDisk A1 performance class microSD™ cards offer consumers a new dimension of performance when it comes to loading and launching apps. According to a recent survey by the company1, many consumers are looking to improve their launch app experience. Of those surveyed, more than 50 percent found slow app loading and launching to be a problem. In an effort to offer consumers an enhanced experience, SanDisk has expanded its line-up of A1 compatible microSD cards to now include its high-performance 256GB2 SanDisk Extreme® microSDXC™ memory card. “By specifically addressing app performance, A1 is a real game-changer for the industry. We are excited to play a significant role in the evolution of the microSD format, and work with the top smartphone technology manufacturers to offer more advanced storage solutions,” Dinesh Bahal, vice president of product development, Client Solutions, Western Digital. The A1 spec allows the SanDisk microSD cards to manage random read input-output access per second (IOPS) of 1,500 and write IOPS of 500, so it can quickly open apps and process accompanying tasks, such as audio, graphics, saved profiles and in-app permissions. With the introduction of the Android Marshmallow 6 and Nougat 7 operating systems, users can expand storage capacity on smartphones by selecting the microSD card as preferred or adoptable storage, which means apps can now be loaded and launched directly from the A1 microSD card. For more information on the new A1 specification, please review the SD Association’s white paper: Application Performance Class: The new class of performance for applications on SD memory cards. Western Digital is working closely with leading mobile technology industry leaders to deliver an even better consumer app experience with the A1 standard. “Qualcomm Technologies has always been focused on supporting new opportunities in the mobile ecosystem, and we are excited to be a part of promoting new standards, and related products including the SanDisk portfolio of A1 microSD cards, that drive the industry to create improved solutions for consumers,” said Anand Srinivasan, director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. The A1 standard is also supported by top ecosystem players including HTC, Huawei, Lava, Lenovo, MediaTek, Meizu, Micromax, Oppo, Vivo and ZTE. The new 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSD card with A1 delivers fast transfer and improved app performance for Android™ based smartphones. Ideal for 4K UHD and Full HD video3, the SanDisk Extreme microSD card offers the capacity and performance consumers need to capture amazing videos, without having to worry about what to delete and with the ability to transfer big files at speeds of up to 100 MB/s*. The 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSD card with A1 will begin rolling out worldwide in late March 2017 with a U.S. MSRP of $199.99. 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. 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. This news release includes forward-looking statements, including the expected availability and performance of the 256GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC card its features, availability, and their benefits to customers. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including our most recently filed periodic report to which your attention is directed. We do not intend to update the information contained in this release. 1Western Digital “Mobile App Survey” of 680 respondents, January 2017 2GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less. 3Compatible device required. Full HD (1920x1080) and 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) support may vary based upon host device, file attributes and other factors. See www.sandisk.com/HD *256GB: Up to 100MB/s read speed; up to 90MB/s write speed. 32GB-128GB: up to 90MB/s read speed; up to 60MB/s write speed. Up to 95MB/s read speed; 16GB-64GB: up to 40MB/s write speed; 128GB: up to 60MB/s write speed; 256GB: up to 90MB/s write speed. Based on internal testing; performance may be lower depending upon host device interface, usage conditions and other factors. 1MB=1,000,000 bytes. ©2017 Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates. All rights reserved. SanDisk and SanDisk Extreme are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the US and/or other countries. The SD, microSD, and microSDXC marks and logos are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC. Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. Western Digital Technologies, Inc. is the seller of record and licensee in the Americas of SanDisk® products.

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