SUNNYVALE, CA, May 3, 2000 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) announced today that its IDE Flash Chipset is used by Netpliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NPLI), Austin, Texas, for its Internet appliance, the i-opener™.
Netpliance, the leading Internet appliance services company, selected SanDisk as its supplier because of its renowned high-performance and reliability. "We intend to provide the best user experience possible to i-opener users," said Marc Willebeek-LeMair, chief technology officer at Netpliance. "SanDisk is a world-class supplier of memory cards and its technology - while transparent to the user - allows for a simple user experience when using email, accessing the Internet, or shopping online."
Nelson Chan, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for SanDisk, said, "By being one of the first to market with an appliance that makes Internet access fast and easy, Netpliance is setting a standard for all other devices. The i-opener is easy to set up, simple and fun to use. SanDisk is delighted to make our chipset an integral part of the i-opener experience."
Netpliance i-openers are shipped with 16-megabyte SanDisk IDE Flash Chipsets embedded in the unit.
SanDisk Corporation, the world's largest supplier of flash data storage 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.
Netpliance offers Internet-based content, applications and services through devices specifically designed for Internet access, commonly known as Internet appliances. The company introduced its current i-opener service in November 1999, which combines its i-opener appliance, Internet access and its own consumer portal. The i-opener service includes all of the elements required for a user to access the
Internet and simplifies Internet access, appealing to both novice and veteran Internet users.
The matters discussed in this news release contain forward looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties as described under the caption "Risk Factors" in the company's annual report on Form 10-Q filed with the securities and Exchange Commission. The company assumes no obligation to update the information in this release.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Future results may differ from those discussed in this announcement. Some of the factors that could cause such differences for Netpliance can be found under the headings "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in Netpliance's Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 23, 1999, as amended. Each company disclaims any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future event, or otherwise.
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