U3Micro 1GB SanDisk To Ship U3 Smart Flash Drive

SanDisk today introduced its first USB smart drive using U3 technology, a
powerful new platform that enables users to store and manage their "personal
workspace" — including files, programs, passwords and settings — on a tiny
device the size of a pack of gum.
SanDisk Cruzer® Micro smart drives will offer a private, securely protected
experience on any PC with Microsoft Windows XP or 2000 without leaving the
user’s personal information on the host machine at the end of a session when the
drive is removed. These smart drives will be able to launch a variety of
U3-compatible (called "U3 smart") software programs, including anti-virus,
security, communications, audio, video, gaming and photo-editing, to name a few.
SanDisk Cruzer Micro smart drives with U3 technology will be available
from most U.S. retailers in October in capacities of 512 megabytes and 1
gigabyte. Suggested retail prices are $ 54.99 and $ 99.99, respectively, and
the devices will be sold in markets outside the U.S. later this year and in the
first quarter of 2006.

U3Micro 1GB SanDisk To Ship U3 Smart Flash Drive

SanDisk® Corporation today introduced its first USB smart drive using U3(TM)
technology, a powerful new platform that enables users to store and manage their
"personal workspace" — including files, programs, passwords and settings — on
a tiny device the size of a pack of gum. The announcement was made at DEMOfall,
where SanDisk’s first U3 production units were demonstrated. The event at the
Hyatt Huntington Beach is showcasing 70 of the world’s most promising new
technologies.

SanDisk Cruzer® Micro smart drives will offer a private, securely protected
experience on any PC with Microsoft Windows XP or 2000 without leaving the
user’s personal information on the host machine at the end of a session when the
drive is removed. These smart drives will be able to launch a variety of
U3-compatible (called "U3 smart") software programs, including anti-virus,
security, communications, audio, video, gaming and photo-editing, to name a few.

"U3 technology provides a new dimension in personal mobility," said Yoram Cedar,
SanDisk’s senior vice president of engineering and the emerging markets business
unit. "Now, anyone who moves between different locations and PCs can carry their
personal files and programs, in a pocket or purse, and work with them in a
highly protected environment," he said. "SanDisk’s U3-powered smart drives also
provide private computing on any PC, whether the user is at home, in a hotel or
at an Internet cafe."

Private computing, said Cedar, means that after a user disconnects the U3 smart
Cruzer Micro from a computer, no personal data is left behind. For example, with
a U3 smart Internet browser, cookies are stored on the Cruzer Micro smart drive
instead of on the computer.

Cruzer Micro capacities are large enough to accommodate numerous U3 smart
software programs as well as large files such as music, digital images, charts,
graphics presentations and word documents, said Wes Brewer, SanDisk vice
president of consumer products marketing. "We think that the U3 platform will
have wide appeal to users of all kinds, from businesspeople to soccer moms," he
said. "You gain an extraordinary level of freedom and productivity when you can
carry your programs and content together, on a single U3 smart drive, and access
them on any PC." The U3 smart drives, he added, create a viable alternative to
traveling with laptops or PDAs.

SanDisk Cruzer Micro smart drives with U3 technology, which are identified by
the U3 smart logo on the product as well as on the package, will be available
from most U.S. retailers in October in capacities of 512 megabytes and 1
gigabyte(1). Suggested retail prices are $ 54.99 and $ 99.99, respectively, and
the devices will be sold in markets outside the U.S. later this year and in the
first quarter of 2006.

The first SanDisk Cruzer Micro smart drives will be shipped with two
pre-installed U3-compatible programs. One is a U3-smart version of CruzerSync(TM),
which synchronizes the user’s Outlook email, attachments, calendar, contacts and
personal documents — such as word, image, audio and video files — on the
device. It allows users to edit and send and receive emails from any PC even if
Outlook is not pre-installed on it. And, with a single click, CruzerSync can do
a full restore of the user’s mailbox and personal data to a brand new computer.
CruzerSync was created by Dmailer, a French-based company.

The second program is SignupShield Password Manager, which stores fully
encrypted passwords and supports browsers such as Internet Explorer and
Mozilla’s Firefox. Unlike "simple" password managers, this program saves
passwords and related data from registration, log-in and password forms. When a
user returns to a recognized site, SignupShield automatically fills out sign-in
and password change forms. Also, with a feature called 1-Click Sign-in, a user
can make a single click from a list of saved sites and SignupShield visits the
site, fills out the password and logs in by submitting the password.
SignupShield was developed by Protecteer of Bedford, New Hampshire.

In addition to providing a portable workspace, the U3 platform makes it easy for
consumers to link to the U3 Download Central website, where all U3 smart
programs produced by independent third-party developers are available. The U3
smart Cruzer Micro also will work as a standard flash memory drive on PCs that
run older Microsoft operating systems and on Apple Macintosh computers.

The SanDisk Cruzer Micro smart drive can be controlled through the U3 Launchpad.
This is a screen menu that displays all U3-compatible programs installed on the
drive and offers functions for consumers to manage their programs. Other
benefits of the U3 Launchpad include easy Internet access to U3 smart programs,
one-click downloads of programs from U3 Download Central, the ability to easily
add and remove programs, and support for English, French, German, Italian,
Spanish and Japanese languages.

U3 LLC of Redwood City, Calif. is an independent company that licenses its
platform to USB drive manufacturers. U3 has developed an innovative platform to
make USB smart drives that host a "personal workspace" — not only data and
files but also software programs, personal user preferences and the means for
managing them. U3-powered smart drives transform a PC into a truly personalized
computer, quickly, easily and securely, and exit transparently when done. For
more information see www.U3.com.