Spansion LLC

October 03, 2005 07:59 ET

Casio-Hitachi Designs Two New Wireless Handsets with Lightning-Fast Spansion NOR Flash Memory

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Oct 3, 2005) -

Spansion™ Has Industry's Fastest Two-Bit-Per-Cell 256 Mb MirrorBit™ NOR Flash Memory at 80MHz, Proven Performance up to 108 MHz

Spansion LLC, the Flash memory venture of AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) today announced that Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications has developed two new cellular handsets with 512 Mb NOR Flash memory, which uses stacked versions of Spansion's WS256N, a NOR Flash memory device based on the company's award-winning MirrorBit™ technology. The new G'zOne and A5512CA mobile phones developed by Casio-Hitachi and available now in Japan integrate 80 MHz versions of the Spansion WS256N, the fastest frequency using two-bit-per-cell technology. In addition, Spansion has proven that the WS256N has headroom to spare, providing a platform for wireless designs with frequencies up to 108 MHz.

"The WS256N is the latest example of how Spansion leverages MirrorBit technology to deliver the right mix of performance, reliability, cost-per-bit and density based on application needs," said Hans Wildenberg, corporate vice president of the Wireless Business Unit for Spansion Japan. "These two new handsets from Casio showcase the powerful multimedia features that can be realized with increased code storage capacity and performance."

The WS256N is the only mass production two-bit-per-cell 80MHz product available today, and allows mobile handset designers to maximize the potential of wireless chipsets by pairing high-performance Flash memory and logic to rapidly process ever increasing millions of instructions per second. As a result, designers can adequately store and manage the growing amount of code needed to deliver increasingly feature-rich phones with advanced multimedia features. Fast read speeds can also help to enhance the end user experience by enabling faster boot times and camera shoot times.

The robust cellular handsets developed by Casio-Hitachi feature up to 64 megabytes (MB) of code storage for advanced multimedia functions. Both phones integrate a 1.28 megapixel camera, expansive telephone and address databases, mapping/navigation functions and video capabilities.

"Spansion's Flash memory is designed for advanced chipsets -- making it possible for handset manufacturers to produce high-performance cell phones," said Kenji Iwahara, Team Leader of the Hardware Design Group within the Development and Design headquarters at Casio Hitachi Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. "Since end users continue to demand ever faster content transmission and more new functions, cell phones will likely continue to have to accelerate processing speeds and increase the amount of code data they store."

About the WS256N Family of Wireless-Optimized NOR Flash Memory Devices

The Spansion™ WS-N Flash memory family features 512, 256-, 128- and 64-megabit burst products operating at 1.8 volts in single-die and MCP configurations. The family maximizes value for customers by allowing them to leverage a single phone platform for high-end, mainstream and value models. The device is shipping at 80MHz in volume to numerous customers in the wireless market.

Spansion has also proven the performance of the device at frequencies up to 108 MHz, enabling customers to use the WS256N to develop even higher performance next-generation wireless designs. Moreover, by maintaining hardware and software compatibility across product families, Spansion allows customers to use the 110 nanometer WS256N as a development platform today, and easily migrate to higher performance, higher density devices based on 90 nanometer process technology as they become available. The company expects to deliver a single-chip 90 nanometer 512Mb device optimized for the wireless market in early 2006.

About MirrorBit™ Technology

Spansion's award-winning MirrorBit™ technology is a proprietary technology, which stores two bits of data in a single memory cell, doubling the density of each memory cell. MirrorBit technology requires fewer manufacturing steps, resulting in higher yields and lower costs, eliminating at least 10 percent of the total manufacturing steps and 40 percent of the most critical manufacturing steps, as compared to floating gate MLC NOR technology.

About Spansion

Spansion, the Flash memory venture of AMD and Fujitsu, is the largest company in the world dedicated exclusively to developing, designing, and manufacturing Flash memory products. In fiscal 2004, Spansion's total net sales were approximately $2.3 billion. The company offers the broadest NOR Flash memory portfolio in the industry, for use in the wireless, automotive, networking, telecommunications and consumer electronics markets. The company's portfolio is supported by a worldwide network of advanced manufacturing facilities, system-level expertise and dedicated design support, and an unwavering commitment to our customers' success.

Information about Spansion Flash memory solutions is available at

Cautionary Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the company's current expectations. Risks that the company considers to be the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements include the possibility that demand for the company's Flash memory products will be lower than currently expected; that OEMs will increasingly choose NAND-based Flash memory products over NOR-based Flash memory products for their applications; that customer acceptance of MirrorBit technology will not continue to increase; that competitors may introduce new memory technologies that may make the company's Flash memory products uncompetitive or obsolete; that the company may not achieve its current product and technology introduction or implementation schedules; and that the company will not be able to raise sufficient capital to enable it to establish leading-edge capacity to meet product demand and maintain market share. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the company's Registration Statement on Form S-1 and AMD's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 26, 2005.

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