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Spansion introduces high-density 64Mb serial flash memory device

Posted: 23 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Spansion LLC, the flash memory venture of AMD and Fujitsu Ltd, expanded its line of serial flash memory products with samples of a 64Mb Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) device.

The device allows designers to extend the benefits of this emerging low-cost, simplified interface into new embedded applications with large code storage requirements, such as printers. In addition, Spansion gives customers access to high-volume, world-class manufacturing support for their SPI needs and also has SPI products in mass production at the 4Mb, 8Mb and 16Mb densities, and samples of a 32Mb device.

"Spansion continues to extend the benefits of MirrorBit technology into new markets, delivering a cost-effective, high-performance solution to customers who want to implement SPI," said Bob Hoard, Spansion's director of marketing, SPI products, Embedded Memory Division, in a statement. He added that by offering this high-density SPI product, Spansion enables a broader segment of the embedded market to take advantage of this emerging low-cost serial interface, while bringing a trusted name and high-volume supply to customers.

SPI devices read information serially, or one bit at a time, requiring fewer connections and thus fewer pins. This lowers cost, simplifies board layout and reduces the form factor of many embedded designs. As a result, the technology is already gaining rapid acceptance in a variety of embedded applications like optical and hard disk drives, WLAN and DSL cards and routers, PC BIOS, DVD/CD players and recorders, and other consumer electronics devices.

"Spansion's commitment to the serial flash memory market will give customers the added confidence they need to implement this cost-effective, simplified interface," said Alex Chen, director of sales and marketing for MediaTek, in a statement, a supplier of chipsets to designers of DVD players and optical disk drivers. Chen added that while many designers have expressed their interest in the technology, they also want assurance that they will have complementary components and high-volume supply. Thus, with Spansion, they can give the market the commitment and confidence they have been looking for and accelerate the adoption of SPI flash memory.

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