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Encyclopedia > Spansion
Spansion Inc.
Type Public (NASDAQSPSN)
Founded 2003
Headquarters Sunnyvale, California, USA
Key people Bertrand Cambou, CEO and President
Industry Semiconductors
Products Flash memory
Revenue 1.31 Billion USD (2006)
Employees 9,000 (2006)
Website www.spansion.com

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In 1993, AMD and Fujitsu formed a 50-50 joint venture called FASL. In 2003, the long-term partnership merged into a new company called FASL LLC, globally branded as Spansion, AMD's Spansion stake increased to 60%, and Fujitsu retained the remaining 40%.

In December 2005, the joint venture went public, and Spansion now trades on NASDAQ under symbol SPSN. The IPO raised $529 million, with Spansion selling 47,264,000 Class A shares at $12 per share, including 5,064,000 over-allotment shares. As part of the carve-out, AMD's Spansion stake was reduced to 37%.


The company sells flash memory products through AMD and Fujitsu and their respective sales forces. Notable product families include MirrorBit(r) flash, and floasting gate. In periods the flash business has been extremely profitable, exceeding the financial performance of the CPU division, although the industry is somewhat prone to boom-bust cycles. Spansion claim a number of important milestones in Flash development:

  • 1992: "Negative Gate Erase" technology introduced
  • 1996: Industry's first 2.7 volt flash device
  • 1997: Industry's first 1.8 volt flash device
  • 1998: AMD and Fujitsu's first page-mode flash device
  • 1999: AMD and Fujitsu's first burst-mode flash device
  • 2001: MirrorBit™ technology introduced
  • 2002: Advanced Sector Protection introduced
  • 2003: Industry's first 512-megabit NOR flash memory unveiled

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The MirrorBit technology implements a method to store two physically distinct bits on opposite sides of a memory cell. Each bit within a cell serves as a binary unit of data (e.g. either 1 or 0) that is mapped directly to the memory array, thus doubles the intrinsic density of a Flash memory array.

The MirrorBit product line of Spansion includes the following:

  • MirrorBit NOR, NOR flash;
  • MirrorBit ORNAND, Spansion's implementation of NAND flash memory;
  • MirrorBit HD-SIM, for SIM card used in mobile phones;
  • MirrorBit Quad, first 4-bit per cell memory module; and
  • MirrorBit Eclipse, the inclusion of NOR flash and NAND flash into a single die or package.

Production facilities

Spansion has manufacturing facilities in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan (JV3 and Sp1), and Austin, Texas (Fab 25), with Fujitsu fabrication plants (JV1 and JV2) and TSMC for additional fabrication of wafers. Spansion also owns a design team in its Submicron Development Center (SDC), in Sunnyvale, California. Aizuwakamatsu castle Aizuwakamatsu (会津若松市; -shi) is a city located in Fukushima, Japan. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Travis County Government  - Mayor Will Wynn Area  - City  296. ... Location of Sunnyvale within Santa Clara County, California. ...

In Spansion owned fabrication plants, Automated Precision Manufacturing (APM) [1], which was developed by AMD in its fabrication plants, was introduced in a bid to reduce manufacturing costs through automation, optimization and real-time data analysis. AMD headquarters in Sunnyvale Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. ...


  1. ^ Automated Precision Manufacturing page

External links

  • Spansion website



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