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Spansion Names Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) World Class Supplier of the Year

Last Updated: October 02, 2008

Company Selects Best-in-Class Suppliers for 2007

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct 02, 2008 -- Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash memory solutions, today announced that it has selected Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL), a leading global supplier of semiconductor production equipment, as the World Class Supplier of the Year for 2007. TEL was chosen for its exceptional technical support and expertise for Spansion's front end technologies. Spansion also named STATSChipPAC and Toppan as Best-in-Class suppliers for 2007.

"The support we receive from our suppliers is instrumental to our business. We are pleased to recognize these top performers for improving quality and technical expertise during the past year," says Ajit Manocha, executive vice president of Worldwide Operations at Spansion. "Our collaboration and partnership with these world-class suppliers allows us to maintain a significant competitive advantage and are vital to helping Spansion deliver superior quality and value to its end customers."

Spansion honors its suppliers for exemplary performance in the areas of technology, quality, flexibility and service through its World Class Supplier (WCS) program. TEL, who provides fabrication equipment to Spansion, was also awarded the World Class Supplier Achievement Award for 2006 by Spansion.

"We are truly honored and grateful that Spansion has recognized TEL as the World Class Supplier for 2007," said Harvey Frye, president of Tokyo Electron America. "My sincere appreciation goes to all our employees for their diligent work and dedication, making this achievement possible. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Spansion and demonstrating TEL's commitment by delivering outstanding technology, products and support worldwide."

STATSChipPAC, a leading service provider of semiconductor packaging design, bump, probe, assembly, test and distribution solutions, received Best-in-Class appreciation for outstanding support of Spansion's assembly requirements. Toppan, the world's premier photomask provider, was also recognized as Best-in-Class for partnership excellence in developing next generation photomasks.

Spansion's World Class Supplier cross-site and cross-functional teams reviewed the suppliers, compared them against their peers and chose the best of the best to honor with awards. In addition to the Supplier of the Year and Best-in-Class Awards, 16 companies received Achievement Awards for their work with Spansion, which established the awards program to drive leadership in technology, quality and logistics processes. Spansion will present the awards to its valued suppliers during the months of September and October.

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

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