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Spansion Ships Industry's First 65 nm 3-Volt MirrorBit(R) NOR Solution For Consumer and Industrial Applications

Last Updated: December 15, 2008

512 Mb and 1 Gb Devices in Production at 300mm SP1 Facility; Paving the Way to Next-Generation MirrorBit Eclipse(TM) Offerings

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec 15, 2008 --

Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN) today announced that 65 nanometer (nm) 3-volt 512 megabit (Mb) and 1 gigabit (Gb) high density MirrorBit(R) NOR solutions are now in production at the company's flagship 300 millimeter (mm) SP1 facility, with initial shipments made to customers earlier this quarter. The MirrorBit NOR GL product family is one of the leading solutions for reliable code execution and data storage for a wide range of high density consumer and industrial applications including automotive navigation systems, communications infrastructure equipment, gaming and industrial control. The 65 nm MirrorBit NOR GL devices pave the way for seamless migration to next-generation pin compatible 65 nm MirrorBit Eclipse GL 3-volt products slated for 2009. The attributes of NOR and NAND technology in MirrorBit Eclipse architecture create a powerful single die combination.

"The availability of our 65 nm MirrorBit NOR GL products demonstrate our commitment to address the needs of customers today, while providing a future path to our MirrorBit Eclipse GL products in 2009," said Tom Eby, executive vice president, Consumer, Set-Top Box and Industrial Division, Spansion. "This recent release represents our sustained focus and continued progress on delivering ground-breaking technology at leading-edge densities for automotive, networking, storage and gaming."

The NOR GL family currently offers a range of monolithic densities from 32 Mb to 1 Gb. With this latest release, the product family has now been expanded to include 65 nm MirrorBit drop-in replacement 512 Mb and 1 Gb devices leveraging the Spansion Universal Footprint -- packaging with consistent pinouts -- that allows customers to seamlessly migrate among densities without altering board layouts. The 65 nm MirrorBit GL products build upon the company's long history and leadership in this market segment, which began with a 230 nm MirrorBit offering in 2002. This commitment has driven Spansion's strong segment market share, which is two and a half times greater than its nearest competitor.

Spansion is committed to scaling its MirrorBit technology to smaller process nodes at 45 nm and beyond. With the Spansion Universal Footprint, the company also continues to ease the migration path to new technology such as its 65 nm 3-volt MirrorBit Eclipse architecture that incorporates innovative features and capabilities. The single chip MirrorBit Eclipse GL family will offer a range of monolithic densities starting at 128 Mb up to 2 Gb and feature the industry's fastest programming speeds at up to 2 MB per second.

65 nm MirrorBit GL Family Features and Benefits

The 65 nm MirrorBit GL products operate at 3.0 volts (Vcc), feature a random read speed of 100 nanoseconds (ns), and offer a page read speed of 25 ns via an 8-word page buffer.

The new 65 nm MirrorBit GL devices enable users to either execute code directly out of the Flash memory or shadow into DRAM at high speeds. The device supports industrial temperature ranges from -40 to +85 degrees Celsius. The 65 nm MirrorBit GL products using a NOR architecture are designed to deliver high reliability and long operational life and support a standard parallel interface, for simple system integration, reduced system complexity and cost.

For applications requiring advanced security, the 65 nm GL NOR devices support Spansion's Advanced Sector Protection (ASP) technology. ASP provides robust and complete designer-defined security with 64-bit password protection for sensitive software algorithms or parameters. This feature can be used by designers to store, lock and protect code or data stored on any sector of the device, or assign an electronic serial number (ESN) to their product. This feature can help prevent malicious attacks and viruses, as well as help prevent unauthorized use of services.

Availability and Packaging

Spansion is in production now with 512 Mb and 1 Gb 65 nm MirrorBit GL devices. The product is offered in 56-pin TSOP and 64-ball Fortified BGA packaging.

About Spansion

Spansion (Nasdaq: SPSN - News) 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, selling and licensing Flash memory solutions. For more information, visit

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This release 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 release and features of a new product line. Introduction of a new technology carries both technical and market acceptance risk. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2007 and the company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 28, 2008. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information included in this press release.