SanDisk Corporation is a multinational corporation that designs, develops and manufactures flash memory storage solutions and software. The Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company is based in Silicon Valley and has more than half its sales outside the United States.
SanDisk was founded in 1988 by Dr. Eli Harari, Jack Yuan and Sanjay Mehrotra, non-volatile memory technology experts. SanDisk became a publicly traded company on NASDAQ in November 1995. As of March 2013, its market capitalization was over US$13 billion.
SanDisk’s flash memory storage products include solid-state drives (SSDs) and caching software for laptop, PC and enterprise applications; memory cards for smartphones and cameras; embedded flash drives for mobile phones and tablets, USB flash drives; and other flash-based products.
The company markets its products directly to businesses, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and consumers, as well as through a new distribution channel that offers SanDisk SSDs to a wider set of business customers including VARs, e-tailers and system integrators. SanDisk products are sold at more than 250,000 retail locations in more than 100 countries.
SanDisk is headquartered in Milpitas, California. The company has manufacturing facilities in China. It also has sales, operations, research and development, and administration in the U.S., China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates. The company has more than 4,600 employees worldwide.
SanDisk's product portfolio includes flash memory cards for mobile phones, digital cameras and camcorders; digital audio/video players; USB flash drives for consumers and the enterprise; embedded memory for mobile devices; and solid state drives for computers. SanDisk is a Silicon Valley-based S&P 500 company, with more than half its sales outside the United States.