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Spansion(R) EcoRAM(TM) Architecture Unveiled, Projecting Breakthroughs in Main Memory Capacity

Last Updated: November 19, 2008

Power-Efficient Solution to Provide up to a Half Terabyte of Storage Per Server; Ideal for Read-Intensive Applications in Segments such as Internet Services, Analytics, and Business Intelligence

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov 19., 2008 --

Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash memory, today released further details surrounding the architecture and performance of its Spansion(R) EcoRAM(TM) solution. The Spansion EcoRAM technology creates a new class of memory for read-intensive applications in areas like internet services, analytics, oil and gas, government, bioinformatics, and business intelligence by employing an innovative memory subsystem architecture that enables advancements in low power consumption, high performance and capacity.

The Spansion EcoRAM architecture is designed to leverage existing and upcoming high-speed connectivity solutions from both Intel and AMD to improve performance. Because the architecture uses standard x86 servers with Spansion EcoRAM memory, commodity servers are able to potentially support an additional half Terabyte (512 Gigabytes) of main memory storage in a single standard form factor (1U) server using 32 Gigabyte Spansion EcoRAM dual in-line memory modules (DIMMs). At the same time, this architecture is intended to deliver read performance of up to 4.0 Gigabytes per second (GB/s) in a 4-socket platform, which is comparable with DRAM read performance.

In terms of read latency, Spansion EcoRAM memory is expected to provide a read latency of 250 nanoseconds (ns) or less, compared to hard disk drives, which have far greater multi-millisecond latencies, or solid state drives which have multi-microsecond latencies. At the same time, write bandwidth capability of the architecture is projected at up to 300 MB/s, making it well- suited for read-intensive workloads in vertical market segments.

"Massive amounts of memory in mainframe and proprietary Unix servers have always been available, but for a very high price," said Hans Wildenberg, vice president, Mass Storage Division, Spansion Inc. "With Spansion EcoRAM, we're enabling big memory in standard x86 servers that potentially deliver eight to sixteen times the capacity of typical servers, filling the critical performance and density gap between power-hungry DRAM and disk-based storage, especially for read-intensive applications."

Spansion licensed the Virident GreenGateway Platform(TM) to create the Spansion EcoRAM Accelerator -- an innovative memory controller -- in a standard x86 processor socket. The integration of the Spansion EcoRAM Accelerator allows the system to read from Spansion EcoRAM DIMMs at DRAM speeds and latency. The architecture leverages memory access techniques that have been used in the high-end server world to allow microprocessors to use system memory more efficiently. This approach delivers an overall increase in system capability and application performance, all while helping to significantly reduce the costs of server sprawl, inefficient power consumption, and associated infrastructure expenses. The initial solution will support Linux-based environments.

"Dawning plays a critical role in high performance computing for many companies in China and is constantly investigating new ways to improve its computing power," said Mr. Li Jun, President, Dawning Information Industry. "Leveraging technology like Spansion EcoRAM memory solution will allow us to meet the needs of our customers, while also offering energy efficient products that don't compromise performance."

According to Ken Cayton, Server Research Manager at IDC, in 2009 the market for x86 based servers in internet services and analytics, including oil and gas, government and bioinformatics, will reach $5 billion. Server utilization in those market segments focuses on read-intensive functions such as social networking and search; seismic analysis; intelligence analysis; visualization, modeling and real-time decision support, making Spansion EcoRAM memory the ideal technology.

Currently, Spansion EcoRAM enabled servers are under review in over a dozen installations throughout North America and Asia. Sample work-loads include Internet Search, in-memory database, and gene matching, and Spansion plans to work with all major server OEMs and many vertical and regionally focused OEMs to bring Spansion EcoRAM to market.

Pricing and availability are not being announced at this time. Performance specifications are estimates only. Actual performance may vary.

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

Cautionary Statement

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 unveiling of a new memory solution for servers designed to increase memory capacity. 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.

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

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