"Enco Deco" Music Player Provides MP3 Total Solution
HANNOVER, GERMANY, Feb. 24, 2000 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) announced today that it will supply SK Global Co., Ltd. of South Korea with its MultiMediaCard for storage of MP3 audio in its Enco Deco Internet music players. SanDisk 16 megabyte (MB) MultiMediaCard will be included with each Enco Deco sold. The announcement was made at the CeBIT 2000 show (SanDisk booth: Hall 13, C-41).
The Enco Deco is an MP3 total solution that provides various types of digital music players. It features a distinctive new product (ED-H10) that is unique because of the ability for users to digitize audio directly to the device's MultiMediaCards from an analog audio source. By using the supplied audio cable, ED-H10 does not require the use of a personal computer. A built-in parallel port connector further enables users to quickly transfer existing, authorized MP3 files from the Internet. Users can also create their own MP3 files from their favorite CDs using the supplied Windows-based software. This makes the Enco Deco a versatile device to a wide range of users; including those with or without an Internet-connected personal computer. Measuring 60 x 87 x 20 millimeters and powered by a single AA alkaline battery, the Enco Deco ED-H10 offers five hours of playback and two and a half hours of recording. The device features a range of connectors including a built-in headphone jack and audio line-in jack (analog). It also includes a bi-directional parallel port connector (digital) supporting both uploads and downloads of MP3-encoded music, another unique feature.
Besides ED-H10, Enco Deco has four other types of digital music players.
ED-M20 is a multi-format (decoding MP3, WMA, AAC) portable music player and ED-S30 is a portable MP3 player with great sound quality. Both models support SDMI and feature fast download time with USB. The other two, ED-K10 and ED-T10, are MP3 encoding systems similar to ED-H10. ED-K10 is mini component with MP3 encoding capability and ED-T10 is a MultiMediaCard encoding station.
"SK Global's selection of SanDisk's MultiMediaCard for its feature rich Enco Deco Internet music player series further solidifies MultiMediaCard's position in the music player market," said Thomas Climer, SanDisk product manager. "The growth of this market is beginning to accelerate with vendors pushing the envelope in terms of features, performance, size, and continuous usage time. The SanDisk MultiMediaCard is fast becoming an industry standard as more than 40 vendors already have introduced Internet music players that use the MultiMediaCard as its music storage card."
SanDisk's MultiMediaCard is the world's smallest removable flash data storage card and employs solid-state memory to deliver rugged and reliable performance to low power, battery-operated devices. The card is available in 8, 16 and 32MB capacities today with a 64MB card expected to ship in the second quarter of this year. With no moving parts, the MultiMediaCard prevents music players from skipping and ensures that sound quality retains its original fidelity with repeated play and re-records. The postage stamp-sized memory card is being adopted in markets as diverse as smart phones, digital video, handheld PC's and Internet music players.
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.
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