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Spansion Licenses Discretix's CryptoFlash(TM) for Its MirrorBit(R) HD-SIM(TM) Solutions

Last Updated: February 04, 2008

BARCELONA, Spain and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb 04, 2008 -- MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS -- Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash memory solutions, today announced it has licensed Discretix's CryptoFlash(TM) Security Platform to be integrated with its MirrorBit(R) HD-SIM(TM) solutions. Spansion and Discretix are designing a new set of multi-chip MirrorBit HD-SIM solutions, which will bring significant cost, security and production advantages to the high-density SIM card market.

"With the growing proliferation of multi-media rich handsets, new wireless applications and content capabilities, security has become one of the most important requirements for mobile phones in 2008," said Edo Ganot, EVP Sales and Business Development of Discretix. "By combining the advanced benefits of our CryptoFlash with both of Spansion's MirrorBit HD-SIM product families, we will enable more solutions for the wireless market with our protected memory technologies."

Discretix is a leader in embedded security solutions for Flash memory and mobile devices. In addition to MirrorBit HD-SIM, Spansion's Flash memory-based handset security solution -- Spansion Secure, includes the Discretix CryptoFlash Security Platform and is designed to protect valuable consumer data, content and code stored on mobile handsets. Both solutions integrate Discretix's cryptographic engines' fast and highly secured computation capability for authentication protocols, data encryption and decryption with Spansion(R) Flash memory.

"By extending our relationship with Discretix to the SIM, we are reinforcing our commitment to continually deliver advanced technology and added value solutions to customers," said Marco Roveda, VP Marketing in the Security and Advanced Technology Division at Spansion. "By leveraging Discretix's cryptography expertise and Spansion's innovative MirrorBit technology, we can introduce new families of secure, mobile products and expand the market opportunities for our customers."

Availability and Roadmap

The new MirrorBit HD-SIM multi-chip solution, with an integrated Security Platform from Discretix, is planned to sample in Q4 2008, with production targeted for Q1 2009. Based on an advanced microcontroller designed by Spansion, the solution offers several communication interfaces including USB (high speed, full speed and interchip), MMC/SD and Single Wire Protocol (SWP), in addition to ISO 7816. Bundled with either Spansion MirrorBit NOR or MirrorBit ORNAND2(TM) Flash memory, it will enable a wide range of densities, offering a few Megabytes to several Gigabytes of storage capacity on SIM cards to mobile users. MirrorBit ORNAND2 delivers the performance and cost advantages of NAND technology with the compelling cost structure of 300mm wafers.

MirrorBit HD-SIM product families provide high-end security features and target Common Criteria EAL4+ certification to enable the adoption of secure mobile services such as mobile payment, mobile enterprise and mobile TV.

About MirrorBit HD-SIM Solution

The Spansion MirrorBit HD-SIM family is a next generation Flash-based SIM card solution that offers increased flexibility, performance and storage capability to help mobile network operators, content and application vendors create new differentiating mobile services. In addition to enabling distribution, storage and access to digital content stored on the SIM cards, Spansion HD-SIM solution provides advanced security and crypto functionality for enhanced digital protection. It delivers mass storage capability and features multiple communication interfaces for fast transfers of application and data.

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

Cautionary Statement

This document 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 the proposed features of Spansion products and expectations of when such products will go into production. 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 Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended Q2 2007 and Q3 2007. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information included in this press release.

About Discretix

Discretix' security solutions are deployed in mobile and flash memory devices, enabling the commercial distribution of premium services and applications while protecting the device and its contents. Discretix' products include embedded security co-processors and a broad range of software security applications. The solutions are tightly integrated into the device, enhancing security without compromising the user experience. Discretix, a privately-owned company, serves the needs of some of the world's best-known semiconductor and device manufacturers and has been consistently ranked among the leaders of the embedded security market.

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

CryptoFlash is a trademark of Discretix, Ltd. Other products and trade names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.