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Spansion Collaborates With Freescale on Memory Development Platform

Last Updated: June 22, 2011

Tower System module brings designers greater memory choice for rapid prototyping

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 22, 2011 -- Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), a leading provider of NOR Flash memory, today announced a collaboration with Freescale on a memory expansion module for the Freescale Tower System that provides design engineers more flexibility in prototyping a growing range of embedded applications, including factory automation, industrial computers, medical devices, point of sales, and robotics.  The Spansion peripheral module will expand the code and data storage capabilities of the Tower System and support the increasing use of 2D and 3D graphics in today's electronics.

Designers using the Tower System experience a customizable embedded design environment with mix-and-match tool selections to suit their design needs.  Interchangeable, easy-to-use modules reuse hardware across multiple designs and architectures, speeding time to market and reducing development costs.

The Spansion-designed memory module uses PISMO™ 2 compliant memory cards to allow designers to interchange different memories and/or densities for rapid prototyping, such as Spansion® GL parallel NOR flash memory and Spansion FL serial NOR Flash memory among other volatile and non-volatile memories.  

The memory module complements all Freescale controller boards including Kinetis™, ColdFire®, and Power Architecture® Technologies. Freescale is expected to go into production with the memory expansion module in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Executive Quotes

"The Freescale Tower System is helping design engineers get products to market more quickly through rapid prototyping and evaluation of embedded system designs," said John Weil, Industrial Solutions MCU Operations Manager at Freescale.  "The collaboration with Spansion is important as this new memory module will provide our customers an opportunity to test different memory combinations and optimize their designs."

"Memory choice has a direct impact on the user experience, including system responsiveness and the speed of booting up electronics,' said Stephan Rosner, vice president, systems and software engineering at Spansion.  "This memory module will provide a fast, inexpensive way for engineers to test different memories to ensure optimal performance."

About Spansion

Spansion (NYSE: CODE) is a leading provider of the Flash memory technology at the heart of the world's electronics systems, powering everything from the routers that run the internet to the highly interactive and immersive consumer and automotive electronics that are enriching people's daily lives. Spansion's broad and differentiated Flash memory product portfolio, award-winning MirrorBit charge-trapping technology, and industry leading service and support are enabling customers to achieve greater efficiency and success in their target markets. For more information, visit

Spansion®, the Spansion logo, MirrorBit®, 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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