Elpida Memory and Spansion are broadening an existing
relationship for joint development of NAND process
technology and products to include a foundry services
agreement for NAND Flash memory.
Elpida has also secured a non-exclusive license to Spansion
NAND IP based on MirrorBit charge-trapping technology.
Elpida will produce the new NAND products at its 300mm
Hiroshima wafer fab and each company will separately market
products to their customers.
Joint development and technology transfer activities for
NAND products are well underway in the Hiroshima fab. As
part of the expanded alliance, the companies intend to
identify additional areas of cooperation such as NOR Flash
memory products and manufacturing.
"The alliance with Spansion and the licensing of Spansion
NAND IP enable Elpida to develop advanced NAND products
which, when combined with our leading DRAM products, allows
us to better service markets including cellular handsets and
digital consumer," said Yukio Sakamoto, president and chief
executive officer of Elpida. "Spansion has developed a very
flexible, scalable Flash technology with its MirrorBit
charge-trapping technology. We're excited about joint NAND
development and the potential for further collaboration in
NOR Flash memory."
Elpida gets access to a competitive and scalable NAND
technology while giving Spansion a cost-effective
manufacturing solution with reduced research and development
"Collaborating with Elpida furthers Spansion's strategy,"
said John Kispert, president and CEO, Spansion. "The joint
NAND development activity and foundry agreement allows
Spansion to efficiently expand its product offerings and
bring additional value to our customers."