HP Goes Floppyless with M-Systems' DiskOnKey on Desktop PCs

6/26/2003 - M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH), a leader in flash-based data storage products, announced that the DiskOnKey technology would serve as a storage option for new HP Compaq business desktop PCs. The uniquely designed DriveKey features the DiskOnKey's renowned ease-of-use, performance and portability, complementing HP's new desktop systems with a flexible portable storage solution that can replace a floppy disk drive. DriveKeys of 16, 64, 128 and 256MB will be offered from HP at the time of system configuration, and also as an aftermarket option with the D220, D230, D330 and D530 models.

"DriveKey is a robust solution for floppy disk replacement," said Blaine Phelps, worldwide marketing manager for M-Systems' DiskOnKey Business Unit. "As the market innovator, M-Systems has created the DiskOnKey platform to meet the various demands of partners, such as HP, who can adopt this compelling technology as their own unique solution."

HP's DriveKey incorporates M-Systems' innovative DiskOnKey technology offering an array of functionality based on hardware design and software applications that raise the bar of USB drives beyond storage. The DiskOnKey takes a complex internal architecture that includes M-Systems' patented technology with a 32-bit ARM7 processor offering users ease-of-use, security and reliability in diminutive form factor. Additionally the platform offers enhanced storage with the capability to support applications and complex security algorithms including the KeySafe security application and bootability functions operating directly from the device. M-Systems has also designed the devices with full-speed and hi-speed USB capability meeting the vast demands of today's computer manufacturers.

"M-Systems' DiskOnKey product line has demonstrated the flexibility to work with HP's supported operating systems and delivers the data storage reliability and integrity that customers demand," said Bob Ducey, storage product line manager, HP's Business Desktop PC Division. "Offering the DriveKey as a portable storage option demonstrates HP's belief in the USB keychain storage category as an alternate solution to current floppy disk technology."

About M-Systems
M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH) is a leader and innovator of flash-based data storage products known as flash disks. M-Systems' flash disks provide the functionality of a mechanical hard drive in a silicon chip. M-Systems' products are based on its patented TrueFFS® technology and target applications in a vast array of markets, including connected devices, mobile and telecom. M-Systems' products include the DiskOnChip®, DiskOnKey® and Fast Flash Disk (FFDTM) product families. For more information, please contact M-Systems at www.m-sys.com.

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