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Spansion(R) MirrorBit(R) Quad Flash Memory Wins Lion's Award at Flash Memory Summit

Last Updated: August 21, 2007

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug 21, 2007 --

Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash memory solutions, today announced that its MirrorBit(R) Quad Flash memory -- the industry's first four-bit-per-cell Flash memory in production -- won the prestigious Flash Memory Summit Lion's Award, given for the most innovative new Flash memory technology. Flash Memory Summit is held annually to provide manufacturers and customers with cutting-edge, practical information about the current state of Flash memory and its applications.

"Each year we look at innovation in our industry and determine how a new technology can positively impact the industry as a whole and provide a value-add to customers," said Jay Kramer, chairman of the Flash Memory Summit Awards Program. "Innovations such as MirrorBit(R) Quad Flash memory technology can give manufacturers avenues to differentiate their products and lower costs in the growing content-delivery market of the Flash memory industry."

Spansion(R) MirrorBit Quad solutions are designed to enable the rapid and cost-effective proliferation of Flash-based content delivery for books, games, movies, music, photos and other digital-rich content. The technology, announced less than a year ago, resulted in the release of the first MirrorBit Quad solutions in January.

"With MirrorBit Quad solutions, Spansion is addressing an untapped market opportunity by advancing technology nodes and providing the lower densities and cost structure required for digital content," said Hans Wildenberg, executive vice president, Spansion's Media Storage Division. "Receiving the respected Lion's Award from Flash Memory Summit is a testament to Spansion's technological contributions and our ability to deliver differentiated, value-added solutions."

How MirrorBit(R) Quad Technology Works

MirrorBit Quad technology, as with Spansion's two-bit-per-cell MirrorBit technology, stores charges in two distinct locations to deliver fundamental cost, quality and manufacturing advantages over floating-gate technology. MirrorBit technology has two storage locations per cell and MirrorBit Quad stores two bits per storage location. Due to the increased storage capacity per cell, MirrorBit Quad technology is capable of delivering up to 30 percent smaller effective cell size per bit than floating-gate MLC NAND Flash memory technology at the same process technology node. For more information about MirrorBit(R) Quad technology, please see the MirrorBit(R) Quad white paper at .

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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