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New Spansion GL Flash Memory Family Delivers Breakthrough Performance for Embedded Applications

Last Updated: February 17, 2011

Brings substantial innovation to enhance the user experience for infotainment, gaming and other consumer applications

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 17, 2011 --

Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), today announced it has expanded the industry's fastest family of NOR Flash memory devices to deliver substantial innovation to the next generation of applications in automotive, consumer electronics, and gaming. Designed for fast data access, interactivity and boot performance, the Spansion GL-S family enables electronic devices to start nearly instantly with the push of a button and provide the fastest interactive user experience. The GL-S family expanded to include densities from 128Mb to 2Gb, and delivers up to a 45% performance advantage over competing NOR products.


The Spansion GL-S family builds upon the highly successful, 2Gb GL-S device for interactive gaming, which started production in Q4 2010, and is the first and currently only single-die 2Gb NOR Flash memory device in the industry. The programming speed of the GL-S is two times faster than legacy GL products and 30% faster over the competition based on third party benchmarks. With improved programming speeds, Spansion customers can benefit from faster throughput in their manufacturing lines, substantially reducing costs.

Spansion holds the largest market share in the embedded Flash memory market. With a diversified customer base of over 4,000 global customers, Spansion has continued to execute with accelerating new product innovations, market share leadership, strong design win momentum, revenue and earnings growth with strong cash flow from operations.

Executive Quotes

"End users now have high expectations for instant access to their multimedia content and information -- in the car, in their living room and on the go," said Avo Kanadjian, vice president, marketing at Spansion. "The new Spansion GL-S product family is a significant milestone in Spansion's strategy to deliver differentiated solutions designed specifically for embedded customers and market segments."

"Spansion continues to execute well against its strategy to lead in its target embedded markets and deliver differentiated solutions based on its proprietary MirrorBit technology," said Jim Handy, president, Objective Analytics. "The new Spansion GL-S family is a strong demonstration of MirrorBit technology scalability and performance capabilities."

Key Facts/Highlights of the Spansion GL-S family:


  • The Spansion GL-S family now offers densities of 128Mb, 256Mb, 512Mb, 1Gb and 2Gb for a broad range of applications including: automotive in-cabin electronics, consumer electronics, gaming, set-top box, telecommunications and networking.
  • 65nm MirrorBit charge trapping process technology is the foundation for Spansion's leading position in NOR Flash memory. Over 80% of Spansion's 4,000 customers now use Spansion products based on MirrorBit technology.
  • Sampling today, the family will enter mass production in Q2, 2011
  • 45% faster page-mode read performance at 98.5 MB/s vs. 67.4 MB/s
  • 40% smaller BGA package (9mm x 9mm) for space-constrained applications
  • Enhanced security to protect customer IP through with sector read protection and larger 1024Kb secured silicon sector
  • Industry-standard form-factor via Spansion's Universal Footprint
    • 64-ball FBGA package
    • 56-pin TSOP package
  • Wide temperature range support including:
    • Industrial (-40C to +85C)
    • Automotive In-Cabin (-40C to +105C) planned
  • Complementary customized software drivers and Flash file system software




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Cautionary Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements. The risks and uncertainties include the company's ability to: create high performance and cost-effective solutions for applications in consumer, gaming and automotive applications, continue to expand its technology and product development capabilities, and produce innovative and differentiated products that meet future customer demand. Additional risks and uncertainties related to the company's business are discussed in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2009 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Unless otherwise required by applicable laws, the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Spansion

Spansion (NYSE: CODE) is a leading provider of the Flash memory technology at the heart of the world's electronics systems, powering everything from the routers that run the internet to the highly interactive and immersive consumer and automotive electronics that are enriching people's daily lives. Spansion's broad and differentiated Flash memory product portfolio, award-winning MirrorBit charge-trapping technology, and industry leading service and support are enabling customers to achieve greater efficiency and success in their target markets. For more information, visit

Spansion(R), the Spansion logo, MirrorBit(R), and combinations thereof, are trademarks and registered trademarks of Spansion LLC in the United States and other countries. Other names used are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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