LAS VEGAS, NV, Oct. 21, 2003 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) reported today that its new SanDisk Connect™ SD™ Wi-Fi® cards are now being sold at BestBuy.com, CompUSA and other retail outlets. SanDisk and Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ:BITS) also announced that SanDisk will include the trial version of ThunderHawk™, Bitstream's pioneering wireless Web browser, with each SanDisk Connect SD Wi-Fi card. The announcements were made at the CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association) trade show where SanDisk is demonstrating products in booth 929 and Bitstream is demonstrating ThunderHawk in booth 932.
The ThunderHawk wireless Web browser lets PocketPC users view full HTML Web pages over the wireless Internet. For easier viewing, the mobile browser displays the complete text and images of any Web page horizontally in landscape mode while maintaining full text legibility.
David Smurthwaite, a SanDisk retail product marketing manager, said, "We are pleased with the demand for our first SD communications card product - the Connect SD Wi-Fi card - and we are pleased that major retailers are now selling the card. We also think that this SanDisk SD Wi-Fi - ThunderHawk combination is a perfect solution for business users, consumers and the many students with PDAs on campuses with Wi-Fi access. More than 100 U.S. colleges and universities have Wi-Fi access today and a growing number of high schools are also installing Wi-Fi hot spot to give their students wireless connectivity to the Internet."
The SanDisk SD Wi-Fi card has a suggested retail price of $129.95, and the ThunderHawk application will be included on a 30-day trial basis.
Smurthwaite noted, "There are thousands of hot spots where mobile consumers can access desired content and information on a handheld computer. Pairing our Wi-Fi card with a wireless Web browser gives consumers a cleaner, more complete view of content on a small handheld screen. With standard handheld browser software, many users only see a partial or altered view of Web and content pages. But ThunderHawk resolves those problems. We are pleased to introduce Bitstream's wireless Web browser to our Wi-Fi SD card users."
Bitstream president Anna Chagnon said, "The SanDisk SD Wi-Fi card will give mobile users wireless access to the information they need, crucial for people on the go. This partnership provides a perfect fit for our wireless Web browser. The Wi-Fi access that SanDisk's new card provides allows customers using ThunderHawk to browse the Web and work with Web-based e-mail and applications wirelessly. We are pleased to partner with SanDisk, the world's leading supplier of flash memory data storage products. This is a win-win-win solution for Bitstream, SanDisk and, most importantly, mobile customers."
Bitstream Inc. is the leading developer of font technology, digital fonts and custom font designs. Bitstream licenses its award-winning TrueDoc® and Font Fusion® technologies to Web and application developers and to manufacturers of information appliances, wireless and handheld devices, set-top boxes, embedded systems and printers. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.
SanDisk, the world's largest supplier of flash memory data storage card products, designs, manufactures and markets industry-standard, solid-state data, digital imaging and audio storage products using its patented, high density flash memory and controller technology. SanDisk is based in Sunnyvale, CA.
The matters discussed in this news release contain forward looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties as described under the caption, "Factors That May Affect Future Results" in the company's annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company assumes no obligation to update the information in this release.
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