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