September 19, 2014 2:10 PM ET

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Company Overview of Spansion LLC

Company Overview

Spansion LLC provides flash memory solutions. It offers code execution, data storage, and logic-on-flash solutions for automotive, consumer electronics, data center, networking, and wireless applications. Spansion LLC was formerly known as FASL LLC and changed its name to Spansion LLC in June 2004. The company was incorporated in 2003 and is based in Sunnyvale, California. Spansion LLC operates as a subsidiary of Spansion Inc.

915 DeGuigne Drive

Sunnyvale, CA 94085

United States

Founded in 2003

Phone:

408-962-2500

Fax:

408-616-8174

Key Executives for Spansion LLC

Executive Vice President and President of Spansion Japan Limited
Age: 53
Principal Accounting Officer
Age: 45
Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Engineering
Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President
Age: 63
Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President
Age: 79
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Spansion LLC Key Developments

Macronix International Co., Ltd. Files Patent Infringement Complaints Against Spansion International Inc, Spansion Llc, and Certain of Their Customers in Germany

Macronix International Co. Ltd. announced that they have filed a new patent infringement complaint against Spansion International Inc, Spansion LLC, and certain of their customers in Germany for infringement of certain Macronix patents covering separate aspects of non-volatile memory devices, including flash memory. The named respondents include Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH, Ruckus Wireless Inc. and Polycom GmbH. Macronix has taken this step to address the issues of Spansion's infringement of Macronix's patent rights as well as the infringement that arises when Spansion's customers import products containing infringing Spansion's devices, including Spansion flash memory devices, into Germany. The patents-in-suit relate to non-volatile memory technology and devices. In additional to monetary compensation, Macronix requests the court issues an injunction barring Spansion's infringing devices or products containing such components from further importation into and/or further commerce in Germany. This additional complaint follows those litigations in the United States against Spansion and/or its customers, and their respective decisions will be available in first or second quarter of 2015.

Macronix International Co., Ltd. and Macronix America, Inc. Files Additional Patent Infringement Complaints with USITC Against Spansion, Inc. Spansion LLC, Spansion (Thailand) Ltd. and its Customers, and Seeks Exclusion Order as Well as Cease and Desist Orders

Macronix International Co. Ltd. and Macronix America Inc. announced that they have filed a new patent infringement complaint against Spansion Inc., Spansion LLC, Spansion (Thailand) Ltd. and certain of their customers with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for infringement of four Macronix patents covering separate aspects of non-volatile memory devices, including flash memory. The named respondents include Aerohive Networks Inc., Allied Telesis Inc., Ciena Corporation, Delphi Automotive PLC and Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC, Polycom Inc., Ruckus Wireless Inc., ShoreTel Inc., Tellabs Inc. and/or Tellabs North America Inc., and TiVo Inc. Macronix has taken this step to address Spansion's rampant infringement of Macronix's patent rights as well as the infringement that arises when Spansion's customers import products containing infringing Spansion's devices, including Spansion flash memory devices, into the United States. Over the past 25 years, Macronix has invested in the research and development of non-volatile memory technology. As a result of those investments, Macronix has been granted more than 5,400 patents world-wide and more than 2,100 in the United States. In a 2011 analysis conducted by The Patent Board, Macronix ranked 18th worldwide, and first in Taiwan for patent strength in the semiconductor industry.

U.S. International Trade Commission Initiates Investigation Against Spansion Pursuant to Macronix Patent Infringement Complaints

Macronix International Co. Ltd. announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission has instituted an investigation concerning whether Spansion and certain of Spansion's customers infringe certain Macronix patents. The ITC will decide whether to issue general exclusion orders barring importation of all products containing infringing Spansion chips, as well as limited exclusion orders against Spansion and its named customers, and cease and desist orders prohibiting sale of products held in inventory in the USA. The patents involved in the investigation Macronix relate to the generation of multiple voltages, power regulation, and/or the manufacturing processes for non-volatile memory, including flash memory products. Although Spansion argued that 'the Commission should decline to institute the requested investigation' and Spansion separately argued that Macronix does not have the US-based activity necessary to succeed on the domestic industry elements of the complaint (and requested an expedited hearing on that issue), both of those Spansion positions were rejected by the ITC. The voting Commissioners of the ITC unanimously decided to initiate the investigations against Spansion and its customers named as respondents in the Macronix complaint.

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