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Spansion and Freescale Collaborate on Next-generation Car Dashboards That Enable More Compelling, Safer Driving Experiences

Last Updated: September 23, 2010

Simplified, high-performance memory subsystem brings cost-effective solution to advanced informatics and automotive safety features

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept 23, 2010 --

Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE) today announced its collaboration with Freescale Semiconductor on a value-added memory subsystem for the automotive industry that will help bring cost-effective and reliable high-performance to next-generation dashboards. Significantly improving safety and driving experiences, these new high-resolution, color TFT (thin-film transistor) screens completely replace the main cluster panel with a single LCD display for conventional instrumentation, informatics and increased safety and hazard warning features, with several digital display designs at top automotive OEMs already in process.


TFTs featuring high resolution, rich color advanced graphical driver data and enabling more complete information to be displayed in line of sight are being adopted in mid-market vehicles this year and are expected to be in more than 30 million vehicles by 2013, according to iSuppli's Small/Medium Displays Market Tracker Report. Future TFT displays will give car drivers better visibility of their surroundings, such as the ability to display warnings of pedestrians in blind spots; assist with parking and provide safety information such as a road hazard warning. Other upcoming safety features will include the potential to display in several modes, such as a Night View option, where the cluster's infrared night vision system scans for pedestrian shapes and highlights them with yellow boxes. Upon entry to a vehicle, other applications will include scrolling text with a traffic report, along with other diagnostic information. The next-generation multi-purpose displays could also prove helpful for maintenance and relaying diagnostic information to the mechanic.

As dashboard displays become increasingly sophisticated, they call for higher performance memory subsystems. Together, Spansion's high-performance low pin-count MirrorBit SPI Multi-I/O Flash memory, certified with an in-cabin auto temperature range of -40 degrees C to 105 degrees C, combined with the Freescale MPC5606S microcontroller's advanced image processing capabilities meet the demanding requirements for TFT LCD color displays. Additionally, the MirrorBit SPI Multi-I/O family enables faster uploads of graphic data using fast data throughput speeds in Quad I/O mode.

"Spansion is an excellent partner with Quad I/O that meets the 105 degrees C automotive-grade in-cabin temperature certification requirements, making their Flash memory an ideal fit for our joint memory subsystem," said Ray Cornyn, director of automotive microcontroller products at Freescale. "Automotive manufacturers can now take advantage of the streamlined design capabilities and cost-effective benefits that our MPC560xS product platform enables, bringing reliable new safety features to vehicles and to consumers."

Freescale has prequalified all three densities of Spansion Multi-I/O SPI, 32-megabits (Mb), 64 Mb and 128 Mb devices with all three densities shipping in volume production today.

"As the code and data storage needs grow in complex automotive displays, manufacturers require more capacity and higher density Flash memory in a simplified memory subsystem," said Jim Reid, executive vice president, marketing at Spansion. "By collaborating with Freescale, we are enabling automotive designers to create powerful, feature-rich, cost-effective systems that are creating a more compelling driver experience with advanced auto safety and convenience."

Spansion in Automotive Applications

As a leading Flash memory supplier to the top ten automotive electronics OEMs, Spansion products, manufacturing and site facilities have passed rigorous qualifications and certifications to meet the latest automotive requirements. Spansion manufacturing facilities and site operations are certified with the most stringent ISO/TS 16949:2002 worldwide automotive quality management system specification. The MirrorBit(R) SPI Multi-I/O family meets the requirements of the AEC-Q100 standard, which defines stress tests, test conditions and qualification requirements for all components used in automobiles. Additionally, Spansion Flash memory operates over a wide temperature range - critical criteria for the automotive environment that requires solutions that can withstand harsh road and environmental conditions - with packaged devices specified to operate from -40 degrees to +125 degrees C and Known Good Die (KGD) configurations operating from -40 degrees to +145 degrees C. Spansion products are also offered in burst mode to ensure rapid code execution and therefore faster vehicle response times.

About Spansion

Spansion's (NYSE: CODE) technology is at the heart of electronics systems, powering everything from the internet of today to the smart grid of tomorrow, positively impacting people's daily lives at work and play. Spansion's broad Flash memory product portfolio, smart innovation 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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