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Spansion Announces 65nm Sampling of MirrorBit(R) Eclipse(TM) Flash Memory Solutions for Wireless Handsets

Last Updated: April 03, 2008

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 3, 2008, 2008 -- Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash memory solutions, today announced that it is sampling its 65nm MirrorBit(R) Eclipse(TM) Flash memory solutions for wireless handsets to strategic OEM customers. Combining the high random access performance of standard NOR Flash, and industry leading programming performance of the MirrorBit Eclipse architecture, MirrorBit Eclipse architecture-based MCPs offer exceptional user experience in mid- to high-end mobile phone platforms. Production in volume is planned at Spansion's new flagship 300mm SP1 fab in Japan in the second half of 2008.

With the increase in digital content on phones and multimedia portable devices, such as pictures, music and video, MirrorBit Eclipse architecture-based memory solutions can enable improved user experience, such as fast application loading, shortened boot times, as well as fast image storage and retrieval. Based on 2-bit per cell MirrorBit technology, these solutions have the ability to run code at the high speed of traditional NOR, while moving multimedia at very fast rates.

"Compatibility with existing platforms for device manufacturers reduces time to market for new handsets," said Alan Niebel, analyst, Web-Feet Research. "Solutions such as MirrorBit Eclipse MCPs provide greater flexibility for handset OEMs to reduce costs, and enable faster programming and produce innovative feature phones more quickly."

In addition, the eXecute-In-Place (XIP) interface provides direct access to code and data in the non-volatile memory, and allows handset OEMs to save 20 percent or more on their handset memory subsystem bill of materials costs by reducing the system DRAM footprint used for code shadowing, while experiencing greater design flexibility.

"The introduction of the 65nm MirrorBit Eclipse family marks an important technology milestone for Spansion, and is one of the first products out of our 300mm leading-edge fab, SP1 in Japan," said Ahmed Nawaz, executive vice president, Wireless Solutions Division at Spansion. "MirrorBit Eclipse strengthens our product family offering, enabling code and data storage on the same die, giving handset OEMs significant cost savings and improved performance, including high-speed programming, low power, high density and fast application switching."

Additionally, MirrorBit Eclipse solutions integrate a programmable microcontroller, which replaces the conventional state machine typically used in Flash memory and also supports built-in self test (BIST). Specifically designed to reduce costs associated with testing, BIST reduces both the test cycle duration and the complexity of the test set-up, which directly reduces the need for automated test equipment (ATE).

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 http://www.spansion.com.

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 statements regarding plans to produce in volume 65nm MirrorBit(R) Eclipse(TM) Flash memory solutions at the company's 300mm SP1 fab in the second half of 2008, the expectation of enabling OEMs to save 20 percent or more on their handset memory subsystem bill of materials costs by reducing their system DRAM footprint, the anticipation that MirrorBit Eclipse will strengthen our product family offering, enable code and data storage on the same die, and provide handset OEMs significant cost savings and improved performance, and the expectation that MirrorBit Eclipse will reduce costs associated with testing, test cycle duration and the complexity of the test set-up, thereby reducing the need for automated test equipment. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the company's current expectations. The company urges investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2007. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information included in this press release.

Spansion(R), the Spansion Logo(R) , MirrorBit(R), MirrorBit(R) Eclipse(TM), ORNAND(TM), ORNAND2(TM), HD-SIM(TM) and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Spansion LLC. Spansion, the Spansion Logo and MirrorBit are registered in the US and other countries. Other names used are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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