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Spansion Names ChipMOS Technologies Supplier of the Year and Selects Best-in-Class Suppliers from Global Provider Base | Cypress Semiconductor

Spansion Names ChipMOS Technologies Supplier of the Year and Selects Best-in-Class Suppliers from Global Provider Base

Last Updated: May 02, 2007

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 2, 2007 -- Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash memory solutions, today announced that ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC., a leading independent provider of semiconductor testing and assembly services, is Spansion's Supplier of the Year 2006 for its exceptional response to Spansion's growing wafer sort requirements. Spansion also named two companies, Solvay Chemicals, Inc. and Kulicke & Soffa, as Best-in-Class suppliers for their collaborative spirit and technical support. Spansion presented the awards at a dinner April 17 honoring the recipients.

2006 was the first year that Spansion combined its award process for wafer manufacturing and final manufacturing operations globally. Spansion's World Class Supplier cross-site, cross-functional teams reviewed the suppliers, comparing them against their peers and choosing the best of the best to honor with awards. In addition to the Supplier of the Year and Best-in-Class awards, 17 companies received Achievement awards for their work with Spansion, which established the awards program to drive leadership in technology, quality and logistics processes.

"As a new and growing company, Spansion placed a lot of demand on our supplier base in 2006," said Jim Doran, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Spansion. "Our suppliers are critical to our ability to manufacture and ship our products, and in ensuring that our end customers can rely on us. ChipMOS Technologies did an outstanding job of ramping to meet our wafer sort needs and offered us full, turn-key solutions."

"Assisting Spansion in being the world-class manufacturer of NOR Flash memory solutions brings both opportunity and challenge," said S.J. Cheng, chairman and CEO of ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. "Spansion is focused on providing the best customer experience possible, and that's been our business goal as well. We're delighted that Spansion chose us for this honor in such a competitive environment."

Kulicke & Soffa, which supplies wire bonding assembly equipment and materials, received Best-in-Class recognition for its assistance with Spansion's final manufacturing operations by providing Spansion with "exceptional" field service engineering support and collaboration and "outstanding" equipment quality and reliability.

Solvay Chemicals was recognized as Best-in-Class for its "perfect" on-time delivery of fab materials and its attention to "impeccable quality" and reduction in total cost of ownership. Solvay supplied wet chemicals to Spansion manufacturing sites.

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