|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 Ships 100 Millionth NOR Flash Memory Device to Bosch
Commitment to Service and Quality Keeps Spansion Among the Leading Providers of Flash Memory to the Automotive Industry
Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), one of the largest providers of Flash memory solutions, today announced it has shipped its one hundred millionth NOR Flash memory device to the Bosch Group, the world's largest automotive supplier in terms of sales.(1)
Bosch deploys Spansion Flash memory products primarily in advanced automotive engine management and transmission control units, navigation and telematic systems and automation and industrial applications. Spansion offers a comprehensive line of NOR Flash memory products that are optimized for rugged automotive applications, and supports that product line with high quality, high-volume manufacturing. The company often engages in joint product definition with the Bosch Group, resulting in some of the most advanced Flash memory devices, with special features such as high-performance burst mode and Advanced Sector Protection for code security. Spansion also maintains important certification compliance to help ensure zero-defect requirements.
"Spansion and Bosch share a commitment to quality and safety that is evident throughout our organizations," said Karsten Ruth, Director Corporate Sector Purchasing of the Bosch Group. "Compliance with industry-standard certification programs is an absolute must-have in our industry. In maintaining compliance and delivering robust automotive Flash memory products, Spansion proves its commitment not only to Bosch, but to the entire automotive industry."
Underwriters Laboratories Inc., an independent, not-for-profit product- safety testing and certification organization, has certified the Spansion Flash memory design, development and manufacturing facilities around the world to the stringent ISO/TS 16949:2002 worldwide automotive quality management system specification.
"Automotive customers want assurances that the products we deliver will meet their stringent safety and quality requirements," said Ian Williams, corporate vice president of the Embedded Memory Division for Spansion. "By maintaining this level of compliance, Spansion proves its commitment to deliver the high quality required in the automotive industry."
Spansion ships a variety of devices at varying densities to the Bosch Group. Under-the-hood applications, such as engine and transmission control, utilize densities ranging from 1 Mb to 32 Mb. In addition, Bosch is deploying devices based on the company's advanced two-bit-per-cell MirrorBit(TM) technology, in densities ranging from 16 Mb to 128 Mb for navigation systems. Spansion also offers devices designed for extended temperature ranges (-40 degrees to +145 degrees C). In addition, the company offers a burst-mode interface and features like simultaneous read/write for maximum performance.
The Bosch Group is a leading global manufacturer of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods and building technology. In fiscal 2004, some 242,000 associates generated sales of 40 billion euros. Set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering," the Bosch Group today comprises a manufacturing, sales, and after-sales service network of some 260 subsidiaries and more than 10,000 service centers in over 130 countries.
The special ownership structure of the Bosch Group guarantees its financial independence and entrepreneurial freedom. It makes it possible for the company to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future, as well as to do justice to its social responsibility in a manner reflective of the spirit and will of its founder. Ninety-two percent of the shares of Robert Bosch GmbH are held by the charitable foundation Robert Bosch Stiftung. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG. Additional information can be accessed at http://www.bosch.com .
Spansion is a leading Flash memory solutions provider, dedicated to enabling, storing and protecting digital content in the wireless, automotive, networking and consumer electronics markets. Spansion, previously a joint venture of AMD and Fujitsu, is the largest company in the world dedicated exclusively to developing, designing, and manufacturing Flash memory products and systems. For more information, visit www.spansion.com.
NOTE: 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.
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