Spansion Extends Wireless Family With Introduction Of 3-Volt Mirrorbit™ Product Line
New MirrorBit™ PL-N NOR Group Supports Fast Read, High Reliability Required For Code Storage Applications
SUNNYVALE, Calif., -- October 24, 2005 --Spansion LLC, the Flash memory venture of AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), today announced the introduction of the 3-volt MirrorBit™ technology-based PL-N product line, designed to satisfy the growing code storage demands in wireless handsets. The 256 Mb devices build on the momentum of the successful 1.8-volt products and allow designers to migrate from floating-gate technologies to Spansion’s award-winning, two-bit-per-cell MirrorBit technology for improved price performance.
With its fast-access page mode operation and its Simultaneous Read/Write feature, the MirrorBit PL-N family is targeted for 3.0-volt wireless handset platforms that require advanced Flash performance features. The 256 Mb devices provide today’s feature rich handsets with the ability to store the increasing amount of application code needed to power high-resolution cameras, video, MP3 music, e-mail, Java applications, games and more.
“This MirrorBit PL-N device addition further expands Spansion’s wireless solutions for a wide range of phone segments, delivering high-performance features and uses the industry’s most cost-effective two-bit-per-cell technology -- MirrorBit,” said Amir Mashkoori, executive vice president of Spansion’s Wireless Solutions Division. “Now we are able to better support the fast read speeds and reliability required in code storage applications, while at the same time offering a more attractive cost structure compared to alternative floating-gate technologies.”
Features and Benefits of the MirrorBit™ PL-N NOR Flash Memory Family
Spansion’s PL-N family operates at 3 V and features the same high-performance feature set as Spansion’s floating-gate family. Devices are available in 128 Mb and 256 Mb densities, with densities as high as 512 Mb, available in multi-chip packages (MCPs). The two families are package, and pin-out compatible to help ensure seamless migration to MirrorBit technology. Spansion also provides certain software driver code and support free of charge.
MirrorBit PL-N family members offer page-mode operation with page access times as fast as 25 nanoseconds (ns) and feature Spansion’s simultaneous read/write function, which is designed to conduct reads while programming or erasing with no latency. MirrorBit PL-N family products also ship with Spansion’s innovative Advanced Sector Protection, a security feature that can be used to help protect wireless handsets from malicious attacks and viruses.
Samples of MirrorBit PL256 Mb NOR Flash memory devices are now available and targeted for production in Q4.
About MirrorBit™ Technology
Spansion’s award-winning MirrorBit™ technology is a proprietary technology, which stores two bits of data in a single memory cell, doubling the density of each memory cell. MirrorBit technology requires fewer manufacturing steps, resulting in higher yields and lower costs, eliminating at least 10 percent of the total manufacturing steps and 40 percent of the most critical manufacturing steps, as compared to floating gate MLC NOR technology.
Spansion, the Flash memory venture of AMD and Fujitsu, is the largest company in the world dedicated exclusively to developing, designing and manufacturing Flash memory solutions. In fiscal 2004, Spansion’s total net sales were approximately $2.3 billion. The company offers the broadest NOR Flash memory portfolio in the industry, for use in the wireless, automotive, networking, telecommunications and consumer electronics markets. Spansion’s portfolio is supported by a worldwide network of advanced manufacturing facilities, system-level expertise and dedicated design support, and an unwavering commitment to our customers’ success. Information about Spansion™ Flash memory solutions is available at http://www.spansion.com.
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