Flash memory storage solution provider
) recently unveiled two solid state drive (SSD) suites that are
expected to improve the computing and mobile computing experience
for both consumers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
The newly-launched Ultra Plus SSD and X110 SSD have been made
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The Ultra Plus SSD will target consumers intending to accelerate
the processing speed of their notebooks/desktops externally. The
SSD is available in 64 gigabyte (GB), 128 GB and 256 GB
capacities for $74.99, $109.99 and $219.99, respectively. The
products can also be availed online through
), Microcenter.com and Newegg.com.
The X110 SSD is intended for OEMs that will be able to embed it
into their upcoming notebook/desktop lineups. SanDisk believes
that the drive is capable of delivering a device with utmost
speed, quickly responding systems, and energy efficient features.
In a separate development, SanDisk announced that ASUSTEK, an
Asian PC manufacturer, will be using U100 SSD in its Transformer
Book (notebook with detachable tablet) for faster storage.
Earlier, ASUS used this SSD in its UX Series ultra-thin notebook.
The company is seeing increasing demand for its SSD products.
This can be inferred from its third quarter 2012 results, which
surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. During the quarter,
increased sales of SSDs boosted the company's OEM revenues.
The company is also confident about strong demand from the
Enterprise sector. It is also planning to introduce
next-generation controllers soon to capitalize on the growing
enterprise storage demand. It is also expecting a surge in client
SSD demand. Taking all these factors into consideration, the
company expects its total SSD contribution to be 10.0% of total
revenue in 2012.
However, lackluster PC sales, European issues, competition from
Micron Technology Inc.
) and currency fluctuations are concerns.
Currently, SanDisk has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).