AMD, Fujitsu and Saifun Semiconductors, LTD. Announce Collaboration
—Companies announce patent cross-license and settle all pending litigation— —Three companies to collaborate on commercializing industry-leading Flash technology—
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD, Fujitsu and Saifun Semiconductors, Ltd. today announced a comprehensive collaboration under which the three companies have agreed to cross-license patents and technology, settle all pending litigation and collaborate in the development of future generations of non-volatile memory (NVM) technology. As part of the collaboration, AMD and Fujitsu will also take an equity stake in Saifun.
"By combining our long-standing expertise in Flash memory with Saifun’s capabilities and intellectual property we will focus on developing the industry’s most cost-effective storage solutions,” said Dr. Bertrand Cambou, Group Vice President of AMD's Memory Group. “AMD and Fujitsu will now be able to not only license Saifun’s NROM technology but also leverage its world class engineering resources.”
Dr. Masao Taguchi, General Manager of Fujitsu's System Memory Division added that "The combination of Fujitsu and AMD's leading edge non-volatile memory technology and Saifun's innovative NROM technologies will cement the companies' market leadership position in non-volatile memory."
"Saifun is excited to collaborate with AMD and Fujitsu, two innovative companies that have revolutionized the Flash memory business. Together, we will be able to leverage our respective strengths to create ultra-high density Flash with the world’s leading cost-structure based on Saifun’s NROM technology. The recognition of our technology and intellectual property by these industry leaders validates Saifun as a leader in non-volatile memory technology" stated Dr. Boaz Eitan, President and CEO of Saifun Semiconductors, Ltd.
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high-reliability/performance computing and
telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com
Saifun Semiconductors Ltd. has developed a leading-edge NVM technology named Saifun NROM Technology. The technology places two physical bits per memory cell, enabling production of the most cost-effective, high performance NVM products in the market. The Saifun NROM utilizes one concept, suitable for all NVM applications (Code Flash, Data Storage Flash, EEPROM and Embedded NVM). Saifun was founded in 1998 by Dr. Boaz Eitan. For more information, please see: www.saifun.com