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Spansion Introduces VS-R Family for Mobile Phones and Machine to Machine Applications

Last Updated: February 02, 2011

64Mb to 256Mb solutions enable high performance, cost effective platforms

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 2, 2011 --

Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), today announced the Spansion(R) VS-R family to enable wireless handset makers to deliver economical entry-level and feature phones to emerging markets such as China, India, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The family is also ideally suited for cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) applications like remote medical monitoring equipment, fleet communications management and vending machines.


Shipments of ultra-low-cost handsets will grow to more than 360 million by 2015, representing a 2010-2015 growth rate of over 22%, while shipments of low-cost handsets will reach 249 million by the same time period, according to ABI research. Both platforms rely on NOR Flash memory subsystems for required densities and performance. Key to enriching the lives of these new consumers is delivering regionalized entry-level handsets at competitive price points. Typical phones targeted for emerging markets range from voice-only models to full featured voice and data handsets with basic internet connectivity, cameras and gaming. The Spansion VS-R family based on MirrorBit(R) charge trapping technology helps deliver a high performance and cost efficient memory solution to wireless handset makers worldwide.

Key Facts/Highlights:


  • The Spansion VS-R family, with densities of 64Mb, 128Mb and 256Mb, is ideally suited for enabling high performance, cost effective memory subsystems used in entry-level handsets and machine-to-machine (M2M) modules.
  • All three densities are in full production and supported by major wireless chipsets, including the latest products from MediaTek, Spreadtrum, Infineon, and others. The family is designed into multiple handset and M2M applications today.
  • Support for low power operation with a 1.8V power supply
  • High performance enabled through burst mode and simultaneous read/write operations for fast boot and quick application loading
  • Multiplexed data interface reduces complexity and can lower overall system cost
  • 65nm process technology
  • Spansion MirrorBit charge trapping technology is the foundation for Spansion's leading position in NOR Flash memory. Over 80% of Spansion's 4,000 customers now use Spansion products based on MirrorBit technology.


Supporting Quotes:

Ping-Hsing Lu, vice president of wireless communication business unit, MediaTek

"Time to market is critical for handset manufacturers in today's competitive wireless market," said Ping-Hsing Lu, vice president of wireless communication business unit, MediaTek. "With the qualification of Spansion's VS-R family, our customers can deliver solutions to market more quickly and with less investment."

Ahmed Nawaz, executive vice president, wireless solutions group, Spansion

"The Spansion VS-R family is built upon Spansion MirrorBit charge trapping technology to provide our customers with a high performance and cost-efficient Flash memory solution that enables OEMs to deliver regionalized phones to price sensitive markets," said Ahmed Nawaz, executive vice president, wireless solutions group at Spansion. "Additionally, we are able to provide this benefit to M2M applications too."




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 wireless solutions. 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

Spansion(R), the Spansion logo, MirrorBit(R), 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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