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Spansion Announces Transition to 300mm Flash Memory in Silicon Valley R&D Center

Last Updated: February 01, 2007

Milestone Marks Only 300mm Flash Memory R&D Facility in California

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb 01, 2007 --

    Who:   Spansion Inc., the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash
           memory solutions, today announced its Submicron Development Center
           (SDC), the R&D headquarters for Spansion and the nucleus of the
           advanced manufacturing process for all Spansion Flash products
           lines, has successfully completed its transition from 200mm to
           300mm.  Spansion is the only Silicon Valley company that has 300mm
           Flash memory in development and possesses the only 300mm R&D
           facility in California. Spansion will transfer the 300mm process to
           Spansion's new SP1 300mm manufacturing facility as it comes on line
           in Japan.

    What:  There is approximately twice the area on a 300mm wafer than
           on 200mm -- enabling more die per process run.  By late 2007
           Spansion plans to be producing 65nm MirrorBit(R) Flash memory
           devices at its new SP1 300mm wafer manufacturing facility in
           Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan, followed by 45nm in production by mid 2008.
           For the most advanced semiconductor equipment for geometries of
           45nm and below, a 300mm wafer is required.  65nm technology can be
           produced on 200mm or 300mm.

Photo Caption: The Submicron Development Center is Spansion's headquarters for research and development, located in Sunnyvale, CA. It is staffed by approximately 500 employees of multiple disciplines of engineers, technicians and facilities personnel - chartered to drive the technology direction and momentum of Spansion by developing the most advanced manufacturing process integration and development for all our Flash memory products. The SDC started processing Flash memory in 1990 and the company has invested $2 billion since its opening.

About Spansion

Spansion (Nasdaq: SPSN) is a leading Flash memory solutions provider, dedicated to enabling, storing and protecting digital content in the 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 developing, designing, and manufacturing Flash memory products and systems. For more information, visit

NOTE: Spansion, the Spansion logo, MirrorBit, and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Spansion LLC. Other names used are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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