Spansion’s Fab 25 Now Dedicated to 110nm Floating Gate Flash Memory Products
—Fastest node transition yet made possible by AMD’s Automated Precision Manufacturing technology—
SUNNYVALE, CA --
Spansion LLC, the Flash memory subsidiary of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702), today announced that Fab 25, the company’s flagship manufacturing plant in Austin, is now fully dedicated to producing 110-nanometer floating gate Flash memory products for wireless and other markets.
This accomplishment represents the fastest node transition in Spansion’s history from development to world-class yields. It’s an especially significant milestone achieved only two years after Fab 25’s manufacturing process was fully converted from logic to memory.
A key success factor for this rapid technology transition is AMD’s Automated Precision Manufacturing (APM) technology, a patented suite of more than 300 leading-edge fab automation, optimization and real-time data analysis technologies used to reduce time-to-yield on new technologies and decrease manufacturing costs. APM was first developed and implemented in Fab 25 and expanded later in AMD’s world-class factories in Dresden, Germany, Fab 30 and the upcoming 300mm Fab 36.
“Fab 25 continues to be a model for the Flash memory industry in terms of product yield and use of leading-edge manufacturing technology,” said Jim Doran, executive vice president of worldwide technology development and manufacturing for Spansion. “We consistently set and break industry records at Fab 25 thanks to APM.
Our transition to 110-nanometer was completed in just a few months, with minimal impact on our production output and yields far better than we had anticipated.”
Using APM helps AMD and Spansion to rapidly introduce product enhancements in their manufacturing plants while the production line is running. Increased accuracy and control helps to ensure both companies can consistently achieve higher yields faster on next-generation technologies, and more closely aligns fab output with customers’ shifting supply chain requirements.
“APM is essentially a massive factory control software suite that is one of the cornerstones of AMD’s ability to compete,” said Dan Hutcheson, president of VLSI Research. “It does this not only by enabling greater efficiency, it also enables higher baseline yields, better binning, and faster yield learning, all of which drives product performance. The forethought and hard work put into APM has paid off. Today few chipmakers can come close to AMD’s level of fab automation, precision and integration.”
About Spansion LLC
Spansion™ Flash memory products encompass a broad spectrum of densities and features to support a wide range of markets. Spansion Flash memory customers represent leaders in the wireless, cellular, automotive, networking, telecommunications and consumer electronics markets. There are a variety of Spansion Flash memory products, such as devices based on the innovative MirrorBit™ technology; the award-winning simultaneous read-write (SRW) product family; super low-voltage 1.8-volt Flash memory devices; and burst- and page-mode devices. Information about Spansion Flash memory solutions is available at http://www.spansion.com/overview
Spansion was formed by the integration of AMD's and Fujitsu's Flash memory operations in 2003. It is the largest NOR Flash memory company in the world. Spansion Flash memory solutions are available worldwide from AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu (TSE:6702).
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