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Spansion taps SMIC for 65nm MirrorBit production

Posted: 26 Oct 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flash memory? 65nm? 300mm wafers?

Spansion Inc. announced it will transfer its 65nm MirrorBit technology to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) for foundry services on 300mm wafers in China.

The companies have also signed a preliminary memorandum of understanding that would allow SMIC to enter selected segments of the flash memory market with a license to manufacture and sell 90nm and 65nm and potentially future Spansion MirrorBit Quad products for the China market.

Spansion has been investing in China for over 10 years and providers flash memory products to the top consumer electronics and wireless OEMs in the region. The investment started with the establishment by AMD, Spansion's former parent company, of the Suzhou final manufacturing facility. Since then, Spansion has added local design centers in Suzhou and Beijing, and sales and marketing offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Through the foundry agreement with SMIC, Spansion will have wafer manufacturing capabilities in China.

SMIC provides a complete IC foundry solution to help customers fulfill their China strategy. SMIC has diversified its memory portfolio to include NAND flash, NOR flash, and zpecialty DRAM as part of its growth strategy to enter potential market segments. SMIC has also announced development of 90nm 2Gbit NAND flash and 2Gbit TSOP products based on Saifun 2bit-per-cell as well as the Quad NROM 4bit-per-cell technology, scheduled to enter commercial production as early Q4 2007.

"By partnering with SMIC, a leading foundry in China, we can better serve our customers, with products made in China for the China market," said Bertrand Cambou, president and CEO of Spansion Inc. "As a result of our team's success, we have the opportunity to take our business to the next level and expand opportunities in this exploding region."

"As Spansion has made strategic plans for the China market, SMIC has made great strides anticipating the growing flash memory market. Our partnership with the NOR flash memory technology leader fortifies these strategic synergies," said Richard Chang, president and CEO of SMIC. "With the booming China consumer electronics market comes the opportunity to create and nurture the growth of various flash memory services and markets."

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