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Spansion to bring forward 65-nm manufacturing

Posted by inet - 2005-10-13

LONDON — Spansion LLC, a joint venture between Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Fujitsu Ltd., is planning to bring forward the introduction of flash memory chips made using 65-nanometer manufacturing processes from 2007 to 2006, according to an executive.
During a presentation on the company’s 1-Gbit NOR flash memory, introduced on a 90-nm process, John Nation, technical marketing manager, said the company would introduce flash memory products on 65-nm process in 2006. This was at odds to the presentation which indicated the end of the first quarter of 2007 as the introduction date for 65-nm manufacturing.

“We’re ahead of that,” Nation said but declined to be more precise than 2006 on saying when the 65-nanometer manufacturing would begin. Nor would Nation discuss whether Spansion’s first step would be to move the 1-Gbit design over from 90-nm to 65-nm or would introduce a higher capacity memory.

“We’re not communicating our size estimate for 65-nanometer at this time,” Nation said.

Spansion (Sunnyvale, Calif.) is manufacturing its 90-nm 1-Gbit NOR flash memory chips at Fab 25 in Austin, Texas.

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