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M-Systems Designs Software Developer's Kit For the DiskOnKey Technology Computing Platform; Company Invites Developers to Design Applications for Leading Keychain Storage Device.

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FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 25, 2002

M-Systems (Nasdaq:FLSH), a leader in flash-based data storage products, today announced a software developer's kit (SDK) allowing the developer community to implement applications with the DiskOnKey(R) Technology computing platform.

M-Systems' DiskOnKey is the first product in the keychain storage category offering the capability to run programs off of the device while also offering its driverless capabilities with all major operating systems.

"By creating an SDK we are demonstrating the power and flexibility of the DiskOnKey beyond just a floppy replacement and storage medium," said Blaine Phelps, worldwide marketing manager for M-Systems' DiskOnKey Division. "The company vision continues as we are opening the doors of creativity to companies that can offer compelling applications for this new computing platform."

The DiskOnKey SDK provides an Application Program Interface (API) allowing developers to access source codes quickly and easily from the device. Currently, the SDK uses a Windows-based format allowing the developer to create software applications executed on a PC running a Windows operating system (OS).

The DiskOnKey firmware already contains powerful functions such as encryption and authentication that only need to be activated by software developers. The SDK allows developers to access this firmware without the need to modify the internal DiskOnKey software. An SDK will be available for additional OS platforms like Mac and Linux in the near future.

The DiskOnKey has undergone rigorous testing for reliability and durability, securing certification by Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Testing Lab (WHQL), as well as being the only product in the category approved to carry the certified USB logo set by the USB Implementers Forum.

The DiskOnKey also provides the widest flexibility of use by offering access to the most operating systems including Win 98, 2000, ME, NT, XP, CE 4.0, Mac OS 8.6, 9+, 10+ and Linux 2.4.1. The entire DiskOnKey line of devices offers unsurpassed computing power employing the latest DiskOnKey technology with the assurance of award-winning quality and reliability.

Availability of M-Systems' SDK

M-Systems has designed a software developer's kit allowing engineers to create applications designed for the DiskOnKey. Currently, the SDK will be available to select partners and software development companies. To request the SDK, contact M-Systems at

About M-Systems

M-Systems 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(R) technology and target applications in a vast array of markets, including connected devices, mobile and telecom.

M-Systems' products include the DiskOnChip(R), DiskOnKey(R) and Fast Flash Disk (FFD(TM)) product families. For more information, contact M-Systems at

The matters discussed in this news release include forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to vary significantly. These risks include market and competitive factors and other risks described in the company's most recent annual report and/or in any of its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company assumes no obligation to update the information in this release. Reference to the company's Web site above does not constitute incorporation of any of the information thereon into this news release.

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