Spansion Announces Industry's First 8Gb NOR Flash Memory at 45nm

       Spansion Announces Industry's First 8Gb NOR Flash Memory at 45nm

Spansion GL-T Flash memory delivers fast random access performance and
interactivity for gaming and industrial applications

PR Newswire

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 12, 2012

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE),
the leading innovator in Flash memory solutions, today announced the
industry's first single-die 8 (Gigabit) Gb NOR Flash memory product at 45
nanometer (nm). The 8Gb Spansion® GL-T delivers high-quality, fast random
access read performance to enable a better user experience with interactive
graphics, animation and video in games and industrial applications.


Based on Spansion's proprietary, highly reliable MirrorBit® technology, the
8Gb Spansion GL-T will begin sampling next month. The Spansion GL-T family at
45nm is the newest addition to the Spansion GL parallel NOR product line and
complements the 65nm Spansion GL-S product family, which ranges from 128
Megabit (Mb) through 4Gb densities. With the fastest read and program speeds
for NOR Flash memory in the industry, Spansion continues to expand its
customer engagements and design wins for the Spansion GL product family, which
is targeted at enriching the user experience in consumer, automotive, gaming,
telecom and industrial applications.

High-speed, random access read performance is critical for gaming and
industrial applications as more devices become Internet-enabled and require
rich multi-dimensional graphics, fast data access, and connectivity with other
devices as the "Internet of Things" continues to grow. For example,
next-generation games are enhancing the multi-touch experience, increasing the
need for more software and processing power, which requires fast read from
Flash memory. In addition, industrial applications such as healthcare
monitoring, factory automation and smart energy continue to demand
increasingly more density and reliability, which is inherent in Spansion's NOR
Flash memory.

Key Facts/Highlights:

  oThe Spansion GL-T and its high performance is ideally suited for handheld
    consumer games, game cartridges, handheld learning devices, and industrial
    applications such as healthcare monitoring, factory automation and home
    energy management systems.
  oThe 8Gb product will sample in December with production in the first
    quarter of 2013. 
  oRead performance of the Spansion GL-T at 8Gb is 95 MegaBytes per second
    (MB/s) and program performance is 1.8 MB/s.
  oManufactured on advanced 300 millimeter (mm) production facility.
  oValue-added software drivers and Flash file system software available to
    speed memory integration and increase device performance.

Executive Quotes:

Michael Yang, Senior Principal Analyst, IHS iSuppli Corporation

"Spansion continues to innovate with its MirrorBit technology and develop new
products that lead the industry in density for NOR Flash memory, which is
increasingly expanding its application uses into connected and intelligent
devices," said Michael Yang. "NOR Flash memory continues to play an essential
role in providing instant-on boot up capabilities, fast access and
interactivity for the increasing amount of graphics, video and data in
Internet-enabled devices."

Glenda Dorchak, EVP and GM of Global Business, Spansion

"The trend of multiple content-rich connected devices per person is
accelerating, expected to reach approximately seven connected devices per user
by 2020. This creates design challenges for our customers as they seek to
deliver a differentiated and personal user experience for end products, with
more graphics-rich features and the ability to connect with other devices
quickly and seamlessly," said Glenda Dorchak. "The Spansion GL-T dramatically
increases interactivity and speed for quickly processing data and graphics,
enabling high-performance and innovative designs in next-generation

Saied Tehrani, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Spansion

"We have continued to scale our MirrorBit charge trapping technology
efficiently to 45nm to deliver the industry's first single-die 8Gb NOR Flash
memory," said Dr. Saied Tehrani. "Our proprietary 45nm MirrorBit technology
and our unique design architecture allow us to also deliver the fastest read
and program speeds for NOR Flash memory in the industry."


  oSpansion GL-S NOR Flash datasheet
  oSpansion GL-S NOR Flash presentation on SlideShare
  oSpansion GL-S NOR Flash family photograph
  oSpansion NOR Flash memory products
  oSpansion newsroom
  oSpansion Memory Matters blog
  oSpansion on Twitter
  oSpansion on Facebook

About Spansion

Spansion (NYSE: CODE) is a leading provider of the Flash memory technology at
the heart of the world's electronics systems, powering everything from the
routers that run the internet to the highly interactive and immersive consumer
and automotive electronics that are enriching people's daily lives. Spansion's
broad and differentiated Flash memory product portfolio, award-winning
MirrorBit charge-trapping technology, and industry leading service and support
are enabling customers to achieve greater efficiency and success in their
target markets. For more information, visit

Spansion(R), the Spansion logo, MirrorBit(R), and combinations thereof, are
trademarks and registered trademarks of Spansion LLC in the United States and
other countries. Other names used are for informational purposes only and may
be trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE Spansion Inc.

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