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Spansion's Productivity Enhancements Lead to the Elimination of 500 Positions Worldwide

Last Updated: June 04, 2008

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 4, 2008 -- Spansion Inc. (Nasdaq: SPSN), the world's largest pure-play provider of Flash memory solutions, today announced it is eliminating approximately 500 positions worldwide, including planned consolidations, attrition, and a reduction in regular, contract and temporary workers in manufacturing, engineering, management and administrative support functions.

"Spansion is dedicated to creating an organization that is highly efficient, structured for maximum productivity and focused on our core competencies," said Bertrand Cambou, president and CEO, Spansion, Inc. "Our priority is to continue to push the leading-edge of Flash memory technology and reshape the Flash memory industry. With our recent increase in manufacturing output and yields, as well as productivity enhancements throughout the company, we can streamline our organization and further reduce costs, while continuing our rapid pace of innovation."

As part of the move to enhance productivity, the company is pursuing its strategy to increase the ratio of its engineering and administrative functions in lower cost regions, such as Malaysia and China. With Spansion's ongoing focus on continuous improvement and operational efficiency, the company can continue its technology innovation at a lower overall cost.

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 planned consolidations, attrition, and a reduction in regular, contract and temporary workers, the expectation of streamlining Spansion's organization while continuing the rapid pace of innovation, and the strategy to increase the ratio of its engineering and administrative functions in lower cost regions with the expectation to continue technology innovation at a lower overall cost. 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. Risks that the company considers to be the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements include the possibility that demand for the company's Flash memory products will be lower than currently expected; that average selling prices may decline; loss of key intellectual property arrangements creates a greatly increased risk of patent or other intellectual property infringement claims; the high cyclicality of the Flash memory market which has experienced severe downturns; that adverse financial market conditions may impeded access to or increase the cost of financing operations and investments; that Spansion may not be effective in expense reduction efforts; that OEMs will increasingly choose NAND-based Flash memory products over the company's MirrorBit architecture-based Flash memory products for their applications; that the company has a significant amount of debt, and such debt could subject us to restrictive covenants; that the company may not achieve facilities and capacity implementation schedules as a result of factors such as insufficient cash flows and unavailable external financing; that the company may lose a key customer, or experience a reduction of demand from a key customer; that the company will not successfully develop, introduce and commercialize new products and technologies or to accelerate our product development cycle; that competitors may introduce new memory or other technologies that may make our Flash memory products uncompetitive or obsolete; that the company may fail to successfully develop next generation products; customers' ability to change booked orders may lead to excess inventory; that the company's investments in research and development may not lead to timely improvements in technology; that the company may experience manufacturing constraints or fail to achieve manufacturing efficiencies; the company may experience manufacturing disruptions of suppliers interrupt supply or increase prices for raw materials; that Spansion may not realize the expected value of Saifun's NROM technology; the merger with Saifun may not result in benefits that Spansion anticipates as a result of integration or other challenges; and intellectual property claims or litigation could cause the company to incur substantial costs or pay substantial damages or prohibit sales of its products. 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 March 30, 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) and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Spansion LLC. Spansion, the Spansion Logo and MirrorBit are registered in the US and other countries. Other names used are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.