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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 512Mb NOR Flash Memory Ships in Mobile Phone
Top French Handset Manufacturer Relies on Spansion MirrorBit Technology to Enhance Handset Capabilities
Spansion LLC, the Flash memory venture of AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today announced that top French handset manufacturer, SAGEM, has developed the SAGEM myX-8 mobile phone using the Spansion(TM) S29GL512N Flash memory device - the industry's only single-chip 512Mbit NOR Flash memory device in production.
As the only company in production today at this density, Spansion uses its advanced two-bit-per-cell MirrorBit technology to deliver the industry's highest density NOR Flash devices on the market. The new SAGEM myX-8 device, available today in Europe, features 40 megabytes of built-in, user-accessible memory, allowing users to access digital music and video, run JAVA applications and games, and store photos captured by the integrated 1.3-megapixel camera.
"The SAGEM myX-8 phone is a perfect example of how Flash memory innovation is helping to drive exciting improvements in mobile handsets, and how cooperation works to accelerate this cycle," said Amir Mashkoori, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Spansion's Wireless Solutions Division. "By designing around a single-chip 512-megabit Spansion Flash memory product, SAGEM improved the user experience by expanding the amount of memory available for user-downloaded applications and multimedia content."
About the Spansion(TM) S29GL512N Flash Memory Device
The Spansion S29GL512N is the highest density product based on the company's advanced two-bit-per-cell MirrorBit technology. The S29GL512N is the most advanced member of the Spansion GL-N product family and combines expanded storage capacity with high performance and security to enable the next generation of home and automotive electronics, telecom and networking equipment, and mobile devices. The GL-N family also includes compatible 256- and 128-megabit devices to aid customers who design numerous products based on a single platform. Software, pinout and package compatibility across densities allows designers to upgrade, cost-reduce or otherwise modify existing products quickly and easily, without redesigning circuit boards and re-architecting software.
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. 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 identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.