|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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|Cisco Systems Names Spansion Supplier of the Year for 2005
Spansion inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), one of the world's largest providers of Flash memory solutions, today announced that it has received the 2005 Supplier of the Year award from Cisco Systems, Inc. This prestigious award is one of ten that was presented to valued Cisco suppliers at the company's fourteenth annual supplier appreciation awards program. Spansion previously won the Supplier of Year Award in 1999 and took home the Cisco President's Award in 2000.
"Networking OEMs need assurances that the components they use today will be supported, available and operable over the life of the product," said Ian Williams, corporate vice president of marketing, Embedded Memory Division for Spansion Inc. "Our high-quality products and customer service have withstood the test of time, which gives customers like Cisco confidence in Spansion as a strategic supplier."
Flash Memory in Networking Applications
Spansion MirrorBit NOR Flash memory solutions are used to execute code and store data in a wide range of networking systems including small office/home office (SOHO) and enterprise networking and telecommunications equipment.
Enterprise networking equipment traditionally uses high-density NOR Flash memory to store complex application code and routing table information. LAN switches, routers and network servers, for example, increasingly require Flash memory in densities ranging from 128 Mb to 1 Gb. Spansion MirrorBit NOR Flash memory satisfies these high-density requirements while offering the quality, performance, reliability and long-term product supply needed by enterprise networking customers.
Spansion helps ensure that networking OEMs can meet their cost and time-to-market requirements by employing a universal footprint across its Flash memory product line. With this flexibility, customers can design multiple product models based on a common Spansion NOR Flash memory platform, and add or strip out features to cost-effectively serve end users at a variety of price points.
About Cisco Systems, Inc.
Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.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.
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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