Spansion Licenses ARM Processor Technology to Power Embedded Systems for Automotive, Industrial and Consumer Applications

Strategic Partnership Provides Spansion with Energy-efficient Semiconductor IP Including ARM® Cortex®-M and Cortex-R Processor Cores

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 16, 2013 — (PRNewswire) —  Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), a global leader in Flash memory-based embedded systems solutions, today announced it has licensed a wide range of ARM processors for its current and future product lineup aimed at embedded applications in the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. Earlier this month, Spansion announced it was expanding its embedded electronics leadership with a broader product line featuring Flash memory, microcontrollers, analog, mixed signal and system-on-chip (SoC) solutions.

The ARM processors licensed by Spansion support all existing MCU products acquired from Fujitsu and create a foundation for future innovation incorporating Spansion's expertise in Flash memory-based embedded systems.

"This licensing agreement with ARM simply underscores Spansion's ongoing commitment to support the embedded design community with the innovative MCUs they rely upon," said Saied Tehrani, senior vice president and CTO of Spansion. "ARM's energy-efficient processor cores are well suited for Spansion's embedded market strategy, which is built around our collective expertise in Flash memory, microcontrollers and SoC solutions."

Specific ARM cores licensed by Spansion include the Cortex™-M0+, Cortex-M4, Cortex-M3, Cortex-R5, Cortex-R4, ARM9™ and ARM7™ processors. 

"ARM is pleased that Spansion has chosen to continue to utilize the Cortex-R and Cortex-M series processors in their MCU product portfolio for a broad range of applications," said Noel Hurley, vice president, Strategy and Marketing, Processor Division, ARM. "Spansion's MCU and SoC products, based on their leading Flash technology and integrated with ARM processors, will provide exciting and differentiated new products for embedded systems."

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Spansion (NYSE: CODE) is a global leader in Flash memory-based embedded systems solutions. Spansion's Flash memory, microcontrollers, mixed-signal and analog products drive the development of faster, intelligent, secure and energy efficient electronics. Spansion is at the heart of electronics systems, connecting, controlling, storing and powering everything from automotive electronics and industrial systems to the highly interactive and immersive consumer devices that are enriching people's daily lives. For more information, visit http://

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