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January 31, 2005 00:01 ET

Spansion Verifies Compatibility of Flash Solutions with Popular Cellular Phone Reference Design






JANUARY 31, 2005 - 00:01 ET

Spansion Verifies Compatibility of Flash Solutions
with Popular Cellular Phone Reference Design

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Jan 31, 2005) -

Compatible Solutions Can Reduce Design Complexity and Unleash Greater
Innovation for Cellular Handset Designers

Spansion LLC, the Flash memory subsidiary of AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu
Limited (TSE:6702), today announced it has verified the compatibility of
its Flash memory solutions with the Philips Nexperia Cellular System
Solution 5100, a popular multimedia-enabled GSM/GPRS cellular phone
reference design. By verifying that their products work together
"off-the-shelf," Spansion and Philips now offer a development platform
that can drive down the cost and complexity of cellular handset design,
while helping to enable increasingly feature-rich products at more
accessible price points.

System designers typically undertake the costly and time-consuming
process of testing and validating memory products with logic chipsets.
The exponential growth in Flash memory and logic chipset options
presents designers with the daunting challenge of having to validate and
test potentially thousands of device combinations. By providing
compatible solutions, Philips and Spansion will enable customers to
spend their time and resources more wisely, developing innovative new
features and capabilities more cost effectively.

"Our goal is to not only provide optimized memory solutions, but to
support those solutions with the value-added memory services needed by
our customers," said Amir Mashkoori, senior vice president and general
manager of Spansion's Wireless Business Unit. "Ultimately, this
collaboration will raise the bar for what cell phone designers require
out of their development platform -- streamlined memory testing that
reduces design complexity and enables them to focus on bringing greater
innovation to their designs."

Spansion's recently expanded global systems engineering capabilities
have made it possible for the company to undertake system-level memory
testing for Philips Nexperia System Solution's users. Spansion's team
works with platform developers around the world to help ensure that all
of a phone's subsystems can utilize Spansion™ Flash products to their
fullest potential. Spansion has already pre-qualified a variety of
memory configurations and technologies for Philips Nexperia System
Solutions. The company plans to continue its work in this area,
conducting system-level testing and pre-qualifying its Flash memory
devices for other popular development platforms over time.

"Spansion has worked closely with Philips at the semiconductor systems
level to provide technology, testing, resources and software support,
which allows Philips to sell a flexible and customized system solution
to a variety of manufacturers," said Mario Rivas, executive vice
president, Communications Business, Philips Semiconductors. "This
collaboration further enhances Philips' goal to make mobile multimedia
simple and accessible."

Philips' Nexperia Cellular System Solutions are a fast, cost-effective
way to bring a multimedia phone to market. Each Nexperia solution is a
carefully designed combination of powerful core hardware and software.
Built around a highly flexible platform-based architecture, each
solution can be extended with connectivity and multimedia-rich features
for completely tailored performance.

About Spansion

Spansion, the Flash memory subsidiary of AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu
Limited (TSE:6702), is the world's leading manufacturer of NOR Flash
memory. Spansion Flash memory is used by leaders in the wireless,
cellular, automotive, networking, telecommunications and consumer
electronics markets. Spansion offers the industry's broadest Flash
memory portfolio, including 5-, 3-, and 1.8-volt products from 1 to 512
megabits in single-die and multi-chip product (MCP) configurations.
Spansion engineering innovations, such as the award-winning MirrorBit
technology and simultaneous read-write (SRW) architecture, continue to
advance the state of the art.

To address global consumer desire for Flash-enabled products, Spansion
operates four dedicated commercial Flash fabs and four dedicated Flash
assembly sites around the world. All Spansion production fabs are
certified to the demanding ISO/TS16949 and ISO9001:2000 quality
standards and the ISO14001 environmental standard. Spansion operates a
world-class development fab to accelerate the introduction of
next-generation technologies.

Information about Spansion Flash memory solutions is available at

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE:PHG) (AEX:PHI) is one
of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest, with
sales of EUR 29 billion in 2003. With activities in the three
interlocking domains of healthcare, lifestyle and technology and 165,600
employees in more than 60 countries, it has market leadership positions
in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring, color television
sets, electric shavers, lighting and silicon system solutions. News from
Philips is located at

Spansion, the Spansion logo, MirrorBit, and combinations thereof are
trademarks of Spansion LLC. Other names are for informational purposes
only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.


Contact Information

    Russell Castronovo, 408-749-2919
    Public Relations
    Draeger Communications for Spansion
    Joany Draeger, 650-365-3395