Spansion LLC

November 21, 2005 08:32 ET

Spansion Introduces High-Density 64 Mb Serial Flash Memory Device; MirrorBit Technology Enables Continued Expansion into Low-Cost Serial Flash Memory Market

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Nov 21, 2005) -

Spansion LLC, the Flash memory venture of AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today expanded its line of serial Flash memory products with samples of a 64 Mb Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) device. The device allows designers to extend the benefits of this emerging low-cost, simplified interface into new embedded applications with large code storage requirements, such as printers. In addition, as one of the leading suppliers of NOR Flash memory, Spansion gives customers access to high-volume, world-class manufacturing support for their SPI needs. Spansion also has SPI products in mass production at the 4 Mb, 8 Mb and 16 Mb densities, and samples of a 32 Mb device.

"Spansion continues to extend the benefits of MirrorBit™ technology into new markets, delivering a cost-effective, high-performance solution to customers who want to implement SPI," said Bob Hoard, director of marketing, SPI products, Embedded Memory Division, Spansion. "By offering this high-density SPI product, Spansion enables a broader segment of the embedded market to take advantage of this emerging low-cost serial interface, while also bringing a trusted name and high-volume supply to customers."

SPI devices read information serially, or one bit at a time, requiring fewer connections and thus fewer pins. This lowers cost, simplifies board layout and reduces the form factor of many embedded designs. As a result, the technology is already gaining rapid acceptance in a variety of embedded applications like optical and hard disk drives, WLAN and DSL cards and routers, PC BIOS, DVD/CD players and recorders, and other consumer electronics devices.

"Spansion's commitment to the serial Flash memory market will give customers the added confidence they need to implement this cost-effective, simplified interface," said Alex Chen, director of sales and marketing for MediaTek, a leading supplier of chipsets to designers of DVD players and optical disk drivers. "While many designers have expressed their interest in the technology, they also want assurances that they will have complementary components and high-volume supply. Together with Spansion, we believe we can give the market the commitment and confidence they have been looking for and accelerate the adoption of SPI Flash memory."

About the S25FL Serial Flash Memory Family

The new 64 Mb S25FL064A device is the latest member of the S25FL family, which also includes products in mass production at the 4 Mb, 8 Mb and 16 Mb densities, and samples of a 32 Mb device. All devices are based on Spansion's two-bit-per-cell MirrorBit technology and feature fast read speeds of 50 MHz for faster boot times on embedded products.

Spansion offers the 64 Mb device in industry-standard packages, command sets and pinouts to help ensure plug and play compatibility with other accepted SPI devices. The S25FL064A is housed in a 16-pin SOIC lead-free package with RoHS compliance(1) and the option of standard materials. The 4 Mb and 8 Mb SPI devices are available in 8-pin SOIC and 8-contact USON packaging options. The 16 Mb is offered in 8-pin and 16-pin SOIC packages, and an 8-contact WSON package.

The S25FL064A is sampling now, with production expected later this year. The device will be priced at approximately $2.50 in quantities of 10,000.

About MirrorBit™ Technology

Spansion engineering innovations include the company's award-winning MirrorBit™ technology. This innovative two-bit-per-cell technology features a simpler cell structure than traditional multi-level cell (MLC) approaches, and therefore eliminates 10 percent of the total manufacturing steps and 40 percent of the most critical manufacturing steps as compared to floating-gate MLC NOR, resulting in 30 percent higher yield than floating-gate MLC NOR technologies.

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 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- and ORNAND-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 September 25, 2005.

Spansion, the Spansion logo, MirrorBit, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Spansion LLC. AMD is a trademark of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names used are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

(1) RoHS -- The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances
in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2004 ("the RoHS
Regulations"). To be in compliance, a maximum concentration value not
greater than 0.1% by weight in homogeneous materials for lead,
mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE and not greater than 0.01%
by weight in homogenous materials for cadmium will be permitted in the
manufacture of new EEE (Electrical and Electronic Equipment).

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