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Spansion Introduces Industry's First 2Gb NOR Flash Memory for Interactive 3D Applications

Last Updated: November 15, 2010

Improves user experience for games, learning devices and automotive applications

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 15, 2010 --

Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), today announced the industry's first single die 2Gb (gigabit) NOR Flash memory product, the 2Gb Spansion GL-S, for delivering high-quality, interactive 2D and 3D graphics, animation and video in games, learning devices and automotive infotainment and instrumentation clusters.


As the industry transitions from flat 2D images to real-time 3D for gaming, consumer and automotive applications, Spansion's high-density NOR Flash memory and its high-speed random read performance is a key requirement to improve the user experience. The 2Gb Spansion GL-S is the first NOR product of this density on the market, is based on Spansion's proprietary MirrorBit(R) charge-trapping technology, and demonstrates another milestone in delivering high performance products based on the leading-edge MirrorBit technology.

Key Facts/Highlights:


  • The 2Gb Spansion GL-S and its high performance is ideally suited for handheld consumer games, game cartridges, handheld learning devices, industrial entertainment machines such as arcade games and information kiosks and automotive applications such as infotainment, instrumentation clusters and navigation. The Spansion GL-S is in production now with several customers.
  • The complete line of Spansion GL Flash memory now expands from 32Mb to 2Gb, all featuring high-speed random read performance.
  • Read performance is up to 2.5 times faster than competing products.
  • Spansion has a roadmap to 4Gb for future system cost advantages and expanded storage.
  • Process technology: 65nm
  • MirrorBit technology is the foundation for Spansion's leading position in high density NOR Flash memory. Over 80% of Spansion's 4,000 embedded customers now use Spansion products based on MirrorBit technology.


Supporting Quotes:

Rob Enderle, Principle Analyst for The Enderle Group

"The gaming and embedded entertainment markets are making a huge transition to ever richer 3D media which requires higher capacities and increased performance, " said Rob Enderle, principle analyst for The Enderle Group. "The availability of a high density NOR Flash memory for these markets directly addresses these capacity and performance needs, significantly increasing the consumer interest in the related products."

Avo Kanadjian, Vice President of Marketing, Spansion

"Manufacturers of gaming and consumer products are realizing the value of Spansion NOR Flash memory and its fast random read performance as their users demand more interactivity with new 3D experiences," said Avo Kanadjian, vice president of marketing of Spansion. "We are working with several customers on meeting their specific design requirements for improving applications' interactivity and 3D capabilities and see other areas, such as in automotive applications, where our 2Gb NOR product, based on MirrorBit technology, can provide a competitive advantage."




Cautionary Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those statements. The risks and uncertainties include the company's ability to: create high performance and cost-effective solutions for 3D applications in consumer, gaming and automotive applications, continue to expand its technology and product development capabilities, and produce innovative and differentiated products that meet future customer demand. Additional risks and uncertainties related to the company's business are discussed in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal 2009 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Unless otherwise required by applicable laws, the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

About Spansion

Spansion's (NYSE: CODE) technology is at the heart of electronics systems, powering everything from the internet of today to the smart grid of tomorrow, positively impacting people's daily lives at work and play. Spansion's broad Flash memory product portfolio, smart innovation and industry leading service and support are enabling customers to achieve greater efficiency and success in their target markets. For more information, visit

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