AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it started shipping a family of industry-leading flash memory products based on 0.17-micron process technology from its newest joint venture fab. This new technology enables reduced cost and power consumption while increasing levels of performance for target applications. Cellular phones, two-way pagers, PDAs, and automotive applications such as remote diagnostics, theft tracking, GPS navigation, and on-board voice recognition will benefit from the new flash memory devices.
The products are being built in the new JV3 Fab in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan. The JV3 Fab was built, qualified and released to production months ahead of schedule. Groundbreaking occurred in June 2000 and volume revenue shipments commenced this quarter. The facility is owned by Fujitsu-AMD Semiconductor Limited (FASL), a joint venture between AMD and Fujitsu.
"To go from groundbreaking to volume production on 0.17-micron technology in five quarters is a tremendous achievement," said Walid Maghribi, AMD's senior vice president and president of the company's Memory Group. "With this rapid move to cost-effective 0.17-micron process technology, our FASL venture is perfectly positioned to address the largest and most demanding segments of the flash memory market."
"Our process technology is timed to hit the `sweet spot' of the market and enables our customers to gain access to an industry-leading cost structure," added Maghribi. "Ramping our advanced 0.17-micron process allows us to offer 64Mb Flash devices for $12.50 today, well below any comparable device on the market."
AMD Flash Memory Awards
AMD's Flash memory products have received numerous customer service, quality and technology awards. The most recent Flash memory awards include: Bosch's top memory supplier for 1999-2000, Cisco Systems' highest customer satisfaction recognition - the 2000 Cisco President's Award, the Nortel 2000 "Supplier of the Year" award, the Samsung 2000 "Best Supplier" award, the Volkswagen 1999 "Leading Edge" award and the Cisco 1999 "Semiconductor Supplier of the Year" award.
About AMD Flash Memory Devices
AMD technology is employed by the world's largest producer of Flash memory devices, Fujitsu AMD Semiconductor Ltd. (FASL). AMD Flash memory products encompass a broad spectrum of densities and features to support a wide range of markets. AMD Flash memory customers represent leaders in the automotive, networking, telecommunications, and handheld mobile terminal markets. AMD offers many Flash memory products, such as the award-winning Simultaneous Read-Write (SRW) product family; Super Low Voltage 1.8V Flash memory devices; and Burst- and Page-Mode devices. AMD developed the robust Known Good Die (KGD) program and the patented negative gate erase technology, and refined the industry-standard Fine-pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA).
All AMD Flash memory devices are guaranteed by AMD for a minimum of one million write cycles per sector and 20 years' data retention, making them the most reliable non-volatile memory devices in the industry.
AMD's Flash memory devices have received an EnergyStar(R) Certificate of Recognition from the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy. Products with the EnergyStar label are designed to use less energy and help protect the environment.
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