Profile: Spansion Inc (CODE.K)
3 Dec 2013
Spansion Inc. (Spansion), incorporated on November 22, 2005, is a designer, manufacturer and developer of Flash memory semiconductors. The Company focuses on a portion of the Flash memory market that relates to flash memory solutions for microprocessors, controllers and other programmable semiconductors that run applications in a range of electronic systems. These electronic systems include automotive and industrial, computing and communications, consumer and gaming. In addition to flash memory products, the Company assist its customers in developing and prototyping their designs by providing software and hardware development tools, drivers and simulation models for system-level integration. Spansion’s products are designed to accommodate various voltage, interface and density requirements for a range of applications and customer platforms. Spansion's product designs are based on its two-bit-per-cell MirrorBit technology and floating gate NOR flash memory technology.
The Company designs, develops and sells flash memory solutions for a range of customer platforms and applications. The product offerings support multiple voltage and interface options, with monolithic memory densities ranging from one-megabit to four-gigabits and multi-die module solutions up to 32- gigabits. Its flash memory solutions are incorporated in products manufactured by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The portfolio can be grouped into two key interfaces: Parallel NOR and Serial NOR.
The Company’s product portfolios include GL and AL Families, CD and CL Families, FL Family, WS/ NS/ VS Families, JL and PL Families, AS Family and F Family. During the year ended December 30, 2012, Spansion offered products manufactured on technology nodes from 320-nanometer to 45-nanometer. Customers for its products consist of OEMs, original design manufacturers (ODM) and contract manufacturers.
GL and AL Families
The GL and AL three-volt product families address applications, including automotive, consumer, gaming, networking and telecommunications. The AL product family offers densities of eight- megabits, provides a parallel interface for density applications, such as industrial and automotive control systems. The GL product family supports monolithic densities up to eight-gigabits in production and includes a page-mode interface and advanced sector protection to support consumer applications, such as set top boxes (STBs), arcade gaming solutions and automotive applications, such as information and entertainment systems and instrument clusters. MirrorBit technology is utilized for the GL family and floating gate technology is utilized for the AL family.
CD and CL Families
The CD (2.5-volt) and CL (three-volt) product families address automotive engine and transmission control applications. The CD and CL product families combine a burst-mode interface, with Simultaneous Read/Write and Advanced Sector Protection at 16- and 32-megabit densities. CD and CL product families operate at up to 150 degree centigrade.
The FL (three-volt) family utilizes floating gate and MirrorBit technologies with a serial peripheral interface (SPI) in a low pin count package across monolithic densities from 4- to 512-megabits and a dual die one-gigabit solution. This product line supports the option for single, dual or quad serial input/output (I/O), thereby providing an optimal performance small package solution for industrial, automotive and consumer markets.
ML and MS Families
The ML (three-volt) family utilizes NAND floating gate technology to support one-gigabit to four-gigabit monolithic and dual die eight-gigabit densities. The MS (1.8-volt) family utilizes NAND floating gate technology to support one-gigabit and two-gigabit monolithic densities. Both families use single level cell (SLC) architecture to support products for consumer, industrial and communications applications.
WS, NS, and VS Families
The WS, NS and VS product families, which each operate on a 1.8-volt supply, are based on MirrorBit technology and combine a burst-mode interface with simultaneous read/write and advanced sector protection features. The product densities range from 64-megabits to 512-megabits and are primarily combined with third-party PSRAM or DRAM in a single multi-chip package (MCP) to meet small form factor low power application needs.
JL and PL Families
The JL and PL product families, with a three-volt interface, support automotive and industrial applications. Based on three-volt floating gate technology, these products offer a page-mode interface, simultaneous read/write capability and advanced sector protection at 32-megabit to 128-megabit densities.
The F product family is a five-volt, floating gate process technology based legacy offering, which primarily supports automotive markets. These products range from densities of one-megabit to 32-megabits and support temperature ranges up to 125 centigrade.
The Company competes with Micron Technology, Inc., Macronix International Co., Ltd., Winbond Electronics Corporation, Microchip Technology Inc., EON Silicon Solution Inc., GigaDevice Semiconductors, Inc., Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Micron Technology, SK Hynix Inc., Toshiba Semiconductor Company Inc, Powerchip Technology Corporation, Macronix International Co., Ltd., Intel Corporation, Sandisk Corporation and Winbond Electronics Corporation.
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