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|Spansion and TSMC Team to Manufacture Innovative Flash Memory
SUNNYVALE and SAN JOSE, Calif -Spansion LLC, the Flash memory venture of AMD
and Fujitsu Limited , and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced a manufacturing agreement that will
augment Spansion’s internal production of its 110 nanometer (nm) MirrorBit™ technology. Pursuant to the agreement,
TSMC will supply foundry manufacturing capabilities for Spansion’s family of GL, PL and WS wireless products and GL
embedded products based on 110nm MirrorBit technology.
TSMC will phase Spansion’s 110nm process technologies
into its production lines exclusively for use in Spansion’s products. Initially, Spansion’s 110nm MirrorBit
technology will be fabricated on 200mm wafers. The target production ramp date at TSMC is the second quarter of
“Our partnership with TSMC will help augment our internal production capability and allow
us to more quickly migrate to next-generation technologies,” Bertrand Cambou, president and CEO of Spansion.
“Together, we believe we can create a powerful team to compete in the Flash memory market, one of the fastest
growing segments of the semiconductor industry. Our collaboration will also give us additional flexibility in our
business model as we continue to meet customer demand for our MirrorBit technology.”
a highly innovative company in a growing market,” said TSMC CEO Dr. Rick Tsai. “When combined with TSMC’s
manufacturing muscle and industry-leading customer partnerships, this combination makes for a powerful win-win
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.
The Spansion wireless GL
product family, with a 1.8-volt and/or 3-volt interface, enables code and data applications in low-end, mid-range
and higher-end mobile phones. The Spansion wireless PL product family, with a 3-volt interface, is used for a broad
range of mobile phones, from entry level, basic audio-only handsets to audio and data capable phones with higher
resolution color displays.
Spansion’s wireless WS product family is optimized for higher-end
mobile phones with capabilities such as polyphonic ring tones, enhanced color displays, higher resolution cameras,
and larger internal storage for multimedia content including music, videos and pictures. The WS family combines a
high-performance burst-mode 1.8-volt interface with Simultaneous Read Write and Advanced Sector Protection features
at 64-megabit to 256-megabit densities for code and data requirements.
The Spansion GL-N product
family for the embedded market combines expanded storage capacity with high performance and security to enable the
next generation of home and automotive electronics, telecom and networking equipment. The GL-N family also includes
compatible 512-, 256- and 128-megabit devices to aid customers who design numerous products based on a single
platform. Software, pinout and package compatibility allows designers to upgrade, cost-reduce or otherwise modify
existing products quickly and easily, without redesigning circuit boards and re-architecting software.
The 256-megabit densities of the WS family and the GL-N family are currently manufactured in volume at the
company’s JV-3 manufacturing facility in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan; and are planned for manufacture with TSMC.
Miércoles, 24 Agosto, 2005 - 09:13