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Spansion and Virident Team to Develop New Memory Solutions to Reduce Energy Consumption and Deliver Excellent Performance in Internet Data Centers

Last Updated: November 14, 2007

Spansion Announces Equity Investment in Virident

SUNNYVALE and MILPITAS, Calif., Nov 14, 2007 -- Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash memory solutions, and Virident Inc., an innovator focused on energy-efficient, scalable system solutions for the Internet data center, today announced the two companies will develop and market a new generation of memory solutions designed to dramatically reduce power consumption and provide excellent system performance in Internet data centers. Spansion also announced it has made an equity investment in Virident.

This innovative partnership will combine the revolutionary Spansion(R) MirrorBit(R) Eclipse(TM) family with Virident platform technology to create a new generation of memory solutions. This breakthrough memory approach will enable a significant expansion of main system memory in data center servers. The new memory will incorporate specific optimizations for server applications to enable fast read performance and high capacity, yet consume much less energy than power-hungry DRAM. MirrorBit Eclipse Flash memory consumes as little as one-tenth the power of DRAM on a per-Gigabyte basis.

Today, major Internet companies select server infrastructure for the delivery of their services in an environment constrained by the power demands and cost curves of DRAM, and the slow response times of the hard disk. The Virident technology together with Spansion MirrorBit Eclipse Flash memory opens up the possibility of storing much larger datasets in main server memory, providing excellent overall system throughput while living within the power and cooling constraints of the Internet data center.

"Our partnership with Virident is an example of how we are optimizing our technology to address a totally new and exciting opportunity," said Bertrand Cambou, president and CEO of Spansion. "With the Spansion and Virident next-generation memory solution, companies managing large consumer-facing web sites will be able to build world-class data centers that need a fraction of the power yet achieve high-performance scalability."

"By understanding the needs and workloads of Internet applications, we have built a new architecture which allows very large memories to drive server consolidation and enhance virtualization in an energy-efficient manner," said Raj Parekh, president and CEO of Virident. "Teaming with Spansion will accelerate our ability to deliver game-changing improvements in total cost of ownership for Internet servers."

About Virident

Virident is developing energy efficient, scalable, and high performance technology for the Internet data center. Virident's breakthrough innovations in hardware, software, and subsystem design will deliver significant reductions in total cost of ownership and higher performance for companies building industry standard internet server infrastructures. Well funded, Virident is committed to proving that low power and high performance are no longer polar opposites. For more information, visit our web site at

About Spansion

Spansion is a leading Flash memory solutions provider, dedicated to enabling, storing and protecting digital content in wireless, automotive, networking and consumer electronics applications. Spansion, previously a joint venture of AMD and Fujitsu, is the largest company in the world dedicated exclusively to designing, developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling Flash memory solutions. For more information, visit

Cautionary Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the expectation that Spansion and Virident will develop and bring to market a new generation of memory solutions designed to reduce power consumption, improve cost of ownership, and enhance system performance in Internet data centers. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from Spansion's current expectations, including the possibility that competitors may introduce new memory or other technologies that may make the planned memory solutions for the Internet data center uncompetitive or obsolete; that Spansion will fail to develop, or there will be a lack of customer acceptance of, MirrorBit Eclipse architecture-based Flash memory products; that Spansion and Virident will not successfully develop, introduce and commercialize the planned memory solutions; and Spansion's reliance on third-party manufacturers may harm it. Spansion urges investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the its Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007. Spansion assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information included in this press release.

Spansion(R), the Spansion logo, MirrorBit(R), MirrorBit(R) Eclipse(TM), ORNAND(TM), HD-SIM(TM) and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Spansion LLC in the U.S. and other countries. Virident and the Virident logo are trademarks of Virident Inc. Other names used are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.