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SanDisk is an Israeli-American manufacturer of flash memory products, including memory cards and readers, USB flash drives, and solid state drives. As of February 2015, it is third-largest manufacturer of flash memory.
On May 12, 2016, SanDisk was acquired by hard drive manufacturer Western Digital in a US$19 billion deal.
SanDisk was founded in 1988 by Eli Harari, Sanjay Mehrotra and Jack Yuan. SanDisk co-founder Eli Harari developed the Floating Gate EEPROM which proved the practicality, reliability and endurance of semiconductor-based data storage. On May 10, 2000 the Toshiba Corporation of Japan and the SanDisk Corporation said that they would jointly form a new semiconductor company to produce advanced flash memory, primarily for digital cameras
In October 2005, Sandisk acquired Matrix Semiconductor.
In July 2006, SanDisk acquired M-Systems.
In May 2011, SanDisk acquired Pilant Technology, a manufacturer of solid state drives, for US$327 million.
In February 2012, SanDisk acquired FlashSoft.
In June 2012, SanDisk acquired Schooner Information Technology, developer of the flash-optimized database software SchoonerSQL and caching software Membrain.
In July 2013, SanDisk acquired SMART Storage Systems, a producer of SSDs for the enterprise market, for US$307 million.
In June 2014, Sandisk acquired Fusion-io, a producer of flash memory for enterprise datacenters, for $1.1 billion.
Awards and recognition
In 2014, SanDisk co-founder Harari won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama for his innovations and contributions to flash memory storage solutions.
In 2012, the Enough Project ranked SanDisk the third highest of 24 consumer electronics companies on “progress on conflict minerals”.