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Spansion and Winbond Sign Licensing Agreement | Cypress Semiconductor

Spansion and Winbond Sign Licensing Agreement

Last Updated: September 16, 2014

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2014 -- Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), a global leader in embedded systems solutions, today announced the signing of a cross-license agreement with Winbond Electronics Corporation (TSE: 2344), a worldwide leading supplier of specialty memory. This gives both companies access to each other's Flash memory patent portfolio.

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"This agreement reflects the strong IP position of both companies and our ongoing commitment to provide and have access to valuable memory patents in the industry," said Ali Pourkeramati, senior vice president of strategic alliances at Spansion.  "We believe the cooperation between Spansion and Winbond will be positive for our customers, enabling them to benefit from innovation and new technologies."  

Flash memory is a critical part of billions of dollars worth of consumer electronics such as cartridges for gaming devices, digital cameras, networking equipment, set-top-boxes, and notebook and tablet computers. Spansion has invested billions of dollars in research and development and holds more than 4,000 Flash memory patents and patent applications. Winbond is the pioneer and leading supplier of SPI NOR Flash.

"The agreement opens up opportunities for both companies to leverage each other's strengths to broaden the product portfolio and collaborate on new products," said John Park, Vice President of Flash Memory Business Group at Winbond.  


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