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AMD-Fujitsu Spansion (ex-FASL) News - 05/09/05
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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 Shows Development System for Floating-Gate and MirrorBit Flash Memory Products

Programming Spansion Flash Memory in Windows CE Products as Simple as 1, 2, 3

Spansion LLC, the Flash memory venture of AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today displayed a development system at the Microsoft Mobile and Embedded Developer Conference (MEDC), showing attendees how they can easily program Spansion Flash memory devices in end systems based on the Microsoft Windows CE operating system. The development system is on display in the AMD Booth #507 at MEDC 2005, taking place this week at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

While running the Microsoft Platform Builder software on a host PC,
Spansion demonstrated a simple three-step process for supporting Spansion floating-gate and MirrorBit Flash memory on devices such as wireless handsets or enterprise terminals that run the Microsoft Windows CE operating system.

"Customers look for built-in support of popular operating systems so that they can reduce their own design complexity and time to market," said Bob France, director of corporate systems engineering for Spansion. "As part of our core strategy to deliver system-level solutions and bring added value to our customers, we continue to do extensive work in all aspects of system design, including software. Our support for the Microsoft Windows CE operating system enables customers to take maximum advantage of the high-performance features and functions available on our floating-gate and MirrorBit memory products."

The display shows attendees how to identify the
Spansion software component within the Microsoft Platform Builder software, build the optimized software for a target using a simple drag-and-drop function, and download the software onto the target device with the click of a button.

About Spansion Driver and Platform Software

Spansion has developed a family of drivers designed to provide immediate support of the Windows CE and Windows Mobile operating systems, as well as other leading embedded operating systems. In addition, Spansion has developed its own Flash file system based on M-Systems' True Flash File System (TrueFFS) and an enhanced Flash driver. The enhanced Flash driver is a production-grade driver with real-time operating system (RTOS) awareness for single devices. Spansion also offers Low Level Driver (LLD) software, which provides a production-grade driver toolbox to manage command initiation and polling operations for the full range of Spansion memory devices. All products are currently available from Spansion. More information can be found at http://www.spansion.com.

About Spansion(TM) NOR Flash Memory and MirrorBit(TM) Technology

Spansion currently offers the industry's broadest portfolio of single-chip NOR Flash memory devices in production, targeted for use in the wireless and embedded markets. The portfolio includes 5-, 3-, and 1.8-volt products from 1- to 512-megabits in single-die and multi-chip product configurations. The company offers a variety of interfaces including standard, page and burst modes, and supports its products with advanced packaging, as well as common pin-outs to ease the migration path to new densities.

Spansion engineering innovations include the company's award-winning MirrorBit technology. This proprietary two-bit-per-cell technology features a simpler cell structure than traditional multi-level cell (MLC) approaches, and therefore eliminates 10 percent of the total manufacturing steps and 40 percent of the most critical manufacturing steps as compared to floating-gate MLC NOR, resulting in 30 percent higher yield than floating-gate MLC NOR technologies.

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 USD 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. Information about Spansion Flash memory solutions is available at http://www.spansion.com.

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.