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|The result of a uniquely structured international joint venture known as Fujitsu AMD Semiconductor Limited (Spansion), the current facilities in Aizu-Wakamatsu are dedicated to volume production of Flash memory devices, and combined are capable of processing more than 20,000 eight-inch wafers per week utilizing the most advanced processes.
The first Spansion facility (JV1) commenced volume production of 4- and 16-megabit Flash memory chips on 0.5-micron technology in the fourth quarter of 1994. Since then, the facility has migrated to 0.32 and 0.23-micron technology. The JV1 facility includes 65,950 square feet of Class 1 clean room space housed in a 276,000 square-foot building.
Groundbreaking for the second joint-venture facility (JV2) occurred in March of 1996, and first shipments began in the fourth quarter of 1997. The 300,300 square-foot facility includes approximately 89,700 square feet of Class 1 clean room space, and uses an advanced 0.23-micron process technology.
In July of 2000, Spansion broke ground for its third Flash memory fab in Aizu-Wakamatsu. FASL Fab JV3 is now producing advanced Flash memory devices on 0.17 micron technology. This $1.5 billion facility encompasses 110,000 square feet of clean room space. JV3 encompasses 459,000 total square feet, including a shell for future expansion that can accommodate 12 inch (300mm) wafer production.
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|Spansion Recognized by Lenovo as Best Supplier of Flash Memory Products for Mobile Phones in China
SUNNYVALE, CA -- January 11, 2005 --Spansion LLC, the Flash memory subsidiary of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), received the Best Supplier award at Lenovo Mobile Communication Technology's 2004 supplier conference. This event was the first of its kind held by Lenovo and drew hundreds of suppliers who offered up a wide range of products for review. Only ten companies were ultimately selected as award winners, with Spansion beating all other top Flash memory vendors to win the honor. Spansion is the world's leading manufacturer of NOR Flash memory products.
Lenovo Mobile Communication Technology Ltd. is a joint venture company founded in 2002 by Lenovo Group and Xiamen Overseas Chinese Electronic Co., Ltd. The company specializes in R&D, manufacturing, sales and service for Lenovo mobile phones. Over the past few years, the company has launched a series of mobile phones that offer stylish designs and advanced functionality to meet growing demand for these features. The company's mobile phones are widely recognized by consumers in China as being among the best of their kind. Lenovo handsets are renowned for their advanced technology, superior quality, while the company is praised for offering users technology and services tailored to their needs and desires.
"We are proud and excited to be honored as the best supplier of Flash memory for Lenovo Mobile Communication Technology," said Gary Wang, vice president for Asia-Pacific operations at Spansion. "This validates the popularity and credibility of Spansion products with our customers and also demonstrates that Spansion is a leader in the Flash memory industry. Spansion Flash memory, especially our MirrorBit™ technology, provides mobile phone manufacturers with advanced Flash memory products that enable them to produce affordable and feature-rich mobile communications products."
The Flash memory products Spansion provides to Lenovo include devices based on traditional floating-gate technology, with densities ranging from 32Mb to 128Mb, as well as products based on the company's proprietary MirrorBit technology, with densities ranging from 64Mb to 128Mb. Lenovo anticipates it will increase its use of MirrorBit technology as it develops ever more advanced phone designs. Spansion's MirrorBit technology is a comparatively simple but powerful approach to storing two bits of data in a single Flash memory cell. MirrorBit enables high reliability and fast read performance, both critical features for the Flash memory market. Compared to other solutions, it offers the best price-performance and is a more versatile technology. At present, eight of the 10 leading mobile phone manufacturers in China use Flash memory from Spansion.
"For Flash memory products, we require high performance, low price, optimized performance, and product stability," said Guan Wei, vice president and general manager of operations at Lenovo Mobile Communication Technology. "We also prefer suppliers that can provide a steady supply of products and after-sales services. Spansion and its products meet these requirements and we believe that using Spansion Flash memory will continue to help Lenovo meet its strategic goal of creating a world-class brand in mobile phones."
About Lenovo Group
Established in 1984, Lenovo Group Limited (HKSE: 992; ADR: LNVGY) is a leading IT enterprise in China. The Group engages primarily in the manufacturing and sale of desktop computers, notebook computers, mobile handsets, servers and peripherals in China. Lenovo was listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in 1994 and is currently a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index and the MSCI China Free Index. Lenovo brand PCs have been the best seller in China for nine consecutive years since 1996, commanding a 27.0 percent unit share of China's PC market in 2003. Lenovo PCs also ranked number one in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) market with a 12.6 percent market share in 2003 (source: IDC).
Lenovo Mobile Communication Technology Ltd. is a joint venture founded by Lenovo Group and Xiamen Overseas Chinese Electronic Co., Ltd. in April 2002 with an investment of 187.5 million RMB. It focuses on the R&D, manufacturing, sales and service for Lenovo mobile phones. With a staff of over 2,000 professionals and a variety of business units including R&D, product and marketing, Lenovo Mobile Communication Technology offers strong R&D capability in communication technology and core technology for mobile phone development by partnering with major enterprises in the world. It is committed to addressing custom demands of mobile users with advanced technologies, superior quality and state-of-the-art mobile phone brands.
About Spansion LLC
Spansion, the Flash memory subsidiary of AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu (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 Mbits 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.
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.