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Spansion(R) Unveils Plans for Highest Performance NAND Flash Memory at Industry's Smallest NAND Die Size

Last Updated: September 02, 2008

Differentiated MirrorBit(R) ORNAND2(TM) Solutions to Target High-Value Wireless and Embedded Flash Memory Applications

MILAN, Italy, Sept 02, 2008 -- Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash memory solutions, today unveiled plans for its upcoming MirrorBit(R) ORNAND2(TM) product family, designed to support 25 percent faster write performance and up to twice the read performance at a significantly smaller die size than today's floating-gate NAND. With the MirrorBit ORNAND2 family, Spansion plans to further diversify its product portfolio to address a broader portion of the high-value wireless and embedded markets, with initial single chip densities ranging from 1 Gigabit (Gb) to 4 Gigabits (Gb) at both 1.8 and 3.0 volts using a Single Level Cell (SLC) architecture.

The MirrorBit ORNAND2 product family leverages the company's proprietary MirrorBit charge-trapping technology and features a SONOS-like cell connected in a true NAND array. The technology features 25 percent fewer process steps than the first generation MirrorBit ORNAND and MirrorBit NOR solutions, enabling significantly lower cost.

"The growth of multimedia content on consumer devices is driving rapidly increasing data storage requirements, with very high performance at a low cost," said Carla Golla, executive vice president, Security and Advanced Technology Division. "Spansion is in a unique position to leverage its MirrorBit technology to create differentiated solutions that bring significant value to its wireless and embedded customers."

Spansion's MirrorBit ORNAND2 products based on an SLC architecture, 3.0V operating voltage, and an industrial temperature range, are ideally suited for embedded applications such as plug-in the wall, car multimedia, networking infrastructure, and industrial control systems. Spansion expects to integrate "managed NAND" controller and interface functionalities with MirrorBit ORNAND2 memory on a single chip, for the creation of a full product family of differentiated solutions. The integration of a "managed NAND" interface will help simplify system level design to complement industry-standard chipsets and microcontrollers.

In the handset segment, Spansion plans to expand its product portfolio with the addition of MirrorBit ORNAND2 solutions. Customers will be able to utilize the high read performance of Spansion MirrorBit NOR and MirrorBit Eclipse(TM) products for fast code execution, and add the fast write performance and high capacity of MirrorBit ORNAND2 products for data storage. Due to its superior read performance, MirrorBit ORNAND2 offers handset platforms designed using a "Store and Download" (SND) architecture low-latency demand paging for faster application loading.

About MirrorBit Technology

Spansion's proprietary MirrorBit technology serves as the basis for all of the company's leading-edge offerings including MirrorBit ORNAND2, MirrorBit NOR, MirrorBit Eclipse and Spansion EcoRAM(TM) product families. Floating gate NAND Flash memory vendors have recognized the increasing scaling challenges of floating-gate technology. As companies look to charge-trapping technologies to continue scaling their product roadmaps, Spansion has a significant lead, with almost a decade of experience, in research, development and commercial success with charge trapping technology at leading-edge nodes. With solutions all based on a single efficient technology, Spansion is in a unique position to leverage its internal and external manufacturing facilities to flexibly produce products based on customer demand.

Spansion plans to have 43nm MirrorBit ORNAND2 solutions ready for production in 2009. Please refer to the recent Spansion press release issued on August 21, 2008 to learn more about Spansion's Extended Agreement with SMIC for the production of 43nm MirrorBit ORNAND2 technology.

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

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 suitability of any technology for specific applications or products, plans to develop and deploy 43-nanometer ORNAND2, EcoRAM, MirrorBit NOR and Eclipse technology, any plans to offer more cost effective products or solutions, any plans to develop future technologies and the lead the company may have in developing such technologies, ability to deliver product performance and quality improvements, or realize potential benefits from leveraging strategic relationships. 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 Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 29, 2008. The company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information included in this press release.

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