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Spansion, Freescale collaborate on PoP flash to reduce handset size

Posted: 15 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Spansion? Freescale? package-on-package? PoP flash? flash memory?

Spansion Inc. announced a collaboration with Freescale Semiconductor for package-on-package (PoP) flash memory that will enable handset manufacturers to reduce wireless handset size and pack in more multimedia-rich features and functionality, such as digital video broadcast, video conferencing and location-based services. Fully compliant with the JEDEC PoP standard, Spansion's flash memory has been combined with Freescale's i.MX31 applications processor in a PoP solution.

Shrinking the size of mobile devices is made possible with Spansion and Freescale's combined PoP solution that vertically combines the applications processor, discrete logic and memory packages for board space savings, lower pin-count, simplified system integration and enhanced performance.

Freescale application processors are designed for feature-rich mobile devices running powerful multimedia applications typically reserved for home entertainment systems, bringing consumers a cinematic video and audio experience to their mobile devices. Spansion's MirrorBit NOR and ORNAND flash memory solutions deliver high-performance code execution and data storage with a single-platform approach for these types of applications.

"Combining the efficient and scalable benefits of PoP technology with Freescale's advanced application processors and Spansion's Flash memory, we continue to streamline the design process for mobile device manufacturers and reduce time to market for new phones," said Ken Hansen, senior technical fellow and director of advanced technology for the wireless and mobile systems group at Freescale.

"Today's consumers are increasingly adopting more data services, yet still want smaller and sleeker handsets," said Steve Schrepferman, vice president of marketing and MCP development, Wireless Solutions Division, Spansion. "Spansion's PoP solutions provide more flexibility for handset manufacturers to pack more memory into the same form factor, leading to faster time to market and 20 to 30 percent space savings."

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