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Spansion and Winbond Sign Licensing Agreement
Sep 16 14
Spansion Inc. announced the signing of a cross-license agreement with Winbond Electronics Corporation. This gives both companies access to each other's Flash memory patent portfolio. Flash memory is a critical part of billions of dollars worth of consumer electronics such as cartridges for gaming devices, digital cameras, networking equipment, set-top-boxes, and notebook and tablet computers. Spansion has invested billions of dollars in research and development and holds more than 4,000 Flash memory patents and patent applications. Winbond is the pioneer and leading supplier of SPI NOR Flash.
Spansion Inc. Announces PMICs for Xilinx Zynq(R)-7000
Sep 9 14
Spansion Inc. announced new PMICs for Xilinx(R) Zynq(R)-7000 All Programmable SoCs, which are ideal for factory automation, office automation, medical imaging, networking, laptops and consumer equipment. The Spansion(R) MP39C50x PMICs dramatically reduce the power consumption for systems and accelerate design productivity. Spansion will demonstrate the new PMICs on a Spansion reference board for FPGAs at Avnet's X-fest. The MB39C50x series meet the high power supply requirements by system on chips (SoC) and microcontrollers. The family consists of three products: the MB39C502 with voltages of 0.7v to 2.0v, the MB39C503 with 2.4v to 3.5v and the MB39C504 with 5.0v. The product family can control heavy current, with input voltage of max. 25v and max. 20A, within +/-1% of the reference voltage and +/-0.3% of the load regulation. It also provides a 40A or lower consumption current stand-by, while maintaining the voltage output at the system stand-by. Featuring an intelligent power management function, the MB39C50x series is designed to enhance system reliability and prevent system damage in case of current overflow. In comparison to previous PMICs, which shut down only at a specific level of overflow, the Spansion PMICs alert when the signal forecasts an overflow and quickly memorizes the previous condition before the system stops, thereby maximizing system reliability and recovery. Features of the MB39C50x Series: Low power consumption at stand-by for the heavy current usage system. Suppresses the stand-by consumption current to 40uA or lower, where the relative stand-by time is longer and the heavy current flows during operation in applications. Previous products achieved about 105uA. - Highly sufficient supply voltage control at the heavy current supply. Features voltage ranges; 0.7v to 2.0v (MB39C502), 2.4v to 3.5v (MB39C503) and 5.0v (MB39C504). It controls the supply voltage sufficiently within +/-0.3% load regulation during the operation, which can supply the current up to 20A. - Intelligent power-supply control functions. Monitors the risk for current overflows, alerts signal to the system before the overflows and performs the proper system protection operation. The function suppresses an excessive margin design through elimination of possibilities of current overflows, enhances the system reliability and optimizes BOM. The family of PMICs is available through the global supply chain of Spansion and Avnet. MB39C502: Production shipment begins September 9. Price: $1.3; MB39C503: Production shipment begins September 9. Price: $1.3; MB39C504: Production shipment begins September 9. Price: $1.3. The price of each product is a unit price when ordering 3,000 units.
Spansion Inc. Announces the Election of O.C. Kwon to Board of Directors
Aug 19 14
Spansion Inc. announced the election of O.C. Kwon to Spansion's Board of Directors. Kwon has served as an advisor to the Board since January 2014.
He is currently senior advisor to SK Hynix and before that was CEO of SK Hynix. Kwon has served in many leadership positions in areas such as business management, development, marketing, strategic planning and manufacturing. Before his leadership appointment at SK Hynix, he held several positions with Hynix and Hyundai Electronics America. During his tenure at Hynix, he was part of many initiatives critical to the company's business restructuring, recapitalization, strategic alliances and new business development.
U.S. International Trade Commission Investigates Infringement of Macronix's Patents by Spansion's Microcontrollers and Flash Memories
Aug 19 14
Macronix International Co. Ltd. and Macronix America Inc. announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating Spansion's microcontroller units (MCUs) which may infringe certain Macronix's patents. As a result, Spansion's MCUs and products containing these MCUs are now at risk of being excluded from the U.S. market because of Spansion's widespread infringement of Macronix's patent rights. In the first ITC investigation into Spansion's infringement of three Macronix patents, Spansion had tried to keep its MCUs out of the ITC investigation. However, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) presiding over this ITC investigation disagreed and ruled that Spansion's MCUs is within the scope of the ITC's wide-ranging investigation into Spansion's accused devices. A trial in this first investigation will be held in October 2014, and the ALJ is expected to issue his determination in early 2015. If the ITC finds that Spansion's accused devices, including flash memory and MCUs, infringe any of Macronix's patents, it may issue an exclusion order barring Spansion's infringing devices, and the products of Spansion's customers containing such components, from further importation into the United States. Along with the exclusion order, the ITC may also issue cease and desist orders prohibiting further commerce in the United States involving infringing Spansion devices, including flash memory and MCUs, and products containing any of these devices.
Spansion Inc. Presents at 5th Annual ROTH Semiconductor Corporate Access Day, Sep-03-2014
Aug 15 14
Spansion Inc. Presents at 5th Annual ROTH Semiconductor Corporate Access Day, Sep-03-2014 . Venue: St. Regis San Francisco, 125 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, California, United States.