Single-Die Serial Flash Memory is offered in 512 Mb version.

Press Release Summary:

Spansion® 512 Mb FL-S Serial NOR Flash memory features speeds of up to 1.5 MB/sec write and 66 MB/sec read. Supporting industrial and automotive in-cabin temperatures from -40°C to +85/+105°C, it offers Vio range of 1.65-3.6 V, and Vcc range of 2.7-3.6 V. It includes common flash interface data for configuration information, and security options protect customer IP through 1 kByte one-time programmable region, individual sector protection, and hardware and software data protection.

Original Press Release:

Spansion Begins Volume Production of Industry's Highest-Density Single-Die 512 Mb Serial Flash Memory

SUNNYVALE, Calif -- Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), a leading provider of parallel and serial NOR Flash memory, today announced it has entered volume production of its 512 Mb Spansion® FL-S Serial (SPI) NOR Flash memory featuring the highest-density single-die serial Flash. The Spansion FL-S family spans from 128 Mb to 1 Gb and features an industry-leading programming speed that is three times faster than competing solutions and has 20% faster double data rate (DDR) read performance. The speed improvements are key to enriching the user experience for a growing range of embedded applications, such as automotive instrument clusters and infotainment systems, industrial and medical graphic displays as well as home networking gateways and set-top boxes.

Engineers are choosing Spansion serial Flash memory for its leading performance, automotive grade quality and temperature ranges, support for higher densities, complimentary Flash file system software and long-term product support. Customers are increasingly demanding these attributes for improving the user experience and delivering innovative, graphic-rich, stylish designs.

Specific applications that can benefit from the Spansion FL-S product family include the following:

-- Automotive: Instrument clusters and infotainment systems, which rely on
3D graphic engines for displaying real-time driver information and
demand high reliability, real-time fast rendering and lower pin counts.
These capabilities are required for giving consumers stylish designs
with improved graphics and an instant on experience with their digital

-- Consumer: Home gateways, digital TVs, set top boxes and printers, which
require smaller packages in a high-density serial interface and advanced
security features to protect content, allowing manufacturers to give
their end consumers a secure and instant-on experience.

-- Smart meters: High reliability performance in a cost effective platform
for the growing amounts of Flash memory code needed to monitor energy

-- WiMax systems: Increasingly require smaller packages such as BGA with
high reliability.

Executive Quotes:

"Serial flash memory is being used in broader range of applications due to advances in density and performance, and the Spansion FL-S family is likely to find broad acceptance," said Jim Handy, director of Objective Analysis. "Spansion's combination of tight process geometries and MirrorBit charge trapping technology is clearly helping the company to introduce very high-density, high-speed Serial flash in small packages that make SPI a popular choice in high performance designs."

"Adoption of the Spansion FL-S family has been strong with over 15 of the top chipset companies supporting Spansion's industry-leading serial Flash memory," noted Bob France, vice president of strategic and product marketing. "The collaboration with chipset partners is delivering innovative reference designs that will result in higher-performance electronics that start nearly instantly and provide fast access to rich, high-resolution graphics."

Key Facts/Performance Metrics of the Spansion FL-S family:

-- The 128 Mb, 256 Mb, and 512 Mb Spansion FL-S products are in production.
A 1 Gb dual die solution is also available based on market demand.

-- Industrial and Automotive In-Cabin temperature support (-40C to

-- Up to 1.5 MB/s write speed that is three times faster than current SPI
solutions in the market, increasing manufacturing throughput and
lowering overall costs.

-- 20% faster read performance with up to 66 MB/s for faster execute in
place (XiP) operation, surpassing competing solutions by over 20%.

-- Up to five times faster chip erase coupled with the three times faster
programming speed dramatically improves chip re-programming time during

-- Industry-standard form-factors via Spansion's Universal Footprint

-- 16-pin SO (300 mil)

-- 8-pin SO (208 mil planned for 128 Mb)

-- 8-lead WSON 6x8 (128 Mb and 256 Mb densities only)

-- 24-ball BGA 6x8

-- The low pin count simplifies board layout, lowers cost, and reduces the
form factor of many embedded designs, reducing to eight pins for a 128Mb
SPI Flash device.

-- Expanded security options protect customer IP through 1kByte one-time
programmable (OTP) region, individual sector protection, and hardware
and software data protection. Unique 128 bit tracking ID for system
authentication and additional security.

-- Vio range of 1.65V - 3.6V, Vcc range of 2.7V-3.6V

-- Common Flash Interface (CFI) data for configuration information

-- JEDEC JESD216 Serial Flash Discoverable Parameters (SFDP) support

-- Industry-standard 3 Byte addressing for 128 Mb and extended 32-bit
addressing (4 Bytes) for 256Mb and higher densities.

-- Spansion FFS: Customized software drivers and Flash file system software
available at no additional cost.


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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.

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