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AMD-Fujitsu Spansion (ex-FASL) News - 04/13/05
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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.

JV1
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.

JV2
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.

JV3
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 Files Registration Statement For Initial  Public Offering

Spansion, the flash memory venture of AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu (TSE:6702), today announced it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its class A common stock.  The number of shares to be offered and the estimated price range for the common stock have not been determined.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time that the registration statement becomes effective. This news release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

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.

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

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04/13/05 Spansion IPO filing signals spinoff from AMD - EE Times
"With the flash memory market plagued by a capacity glut and falling prices, memory suppliers have undergone rough sledding in recent months, Spansion being no exception. Analysts have called for AMD to focus on its growing microprocessor business by withdrawing its stake in the venture. AMD owns 60 percent of Spansion."

04/13/05 AMD to spin off laggard flash memory business - USA Today
"Although the core business for both AMD and Intel is sophisticated computer processors, or "brains," both make flash memory on the side. But AMD is much more exposed. Flash memory accounts for about 40% of its revenue, compared with less than 10% for Intel."

04/13/05 AMD plans IPO for lagging memory-chip unit - IHT
"With the Spansion share offering, AMD is shedding a 12-year-old unit that accounts for about 40 percent of sales. It will be a minority investor in Spansion after the sale. The division has relinquished its lead in chips that store programs in cellphones to Intel. AMD said that "aggressive pricing" by competitors led to the first-quarter loss. "