Spansion Achieves Rigorous ISO/TS 16949:2002 Automotive Quality Management System Certification
[title]Spansion Achieves Rigorous ISO/TS 16949:2002 Automotive Quality Management System Certification[/title]
SUNNYVALE, CA - February 1, 2005 - Spansion LLC, the Flash memory subsidiary of AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), announced today that Underwriters Laboratories Inc., an independen...
SUNNYVALE, CA - February 1, 2005 - Spansion LLC, the Flash memory subsidiary of AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), announced today that Underwriters Laboratories Inc., an independent, not-for-profit product-safety testing and certification organization, has certified all of its Flash memory design, development and manufacturing facilities around the world to the stringent ISO/TS 16949:2002 worldwide automotive quality management system specification.
ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification means that Spansion is officially compliant with one of the most demanding sets of quality management system specifications in the world for suppliers to the automotive industry. The 2002 revision includes the ISO 9001:2000 standard, plus additional automotive sector requirements. It was prepared by the International Automotive Task Force (IATF) and Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA), with support from ISO/TC 176, Quality Management and Quality Assurance.
"Spansion's commitment to quality and reliability is evidenced by its company-wide certification to the challenging ISO/TS 16949:2002 specification," said Gene Daszko, Director of Customer Quality Engineering for Spansion. "Many companies choose not to pursue this certification simply because the standards are so high. Spansion succeeded because we are more than just a vendor for our customers: We are a trusted supplier and key strategic partner."
This new certification represents the first time that he entire global Spansion organization, including all of the company's Flash memory fabs, design and engineering centers, and final assembly sites, has achieved the same certification across the board. Previously, Spansion had been certified to ISO/TS 16949:2002 for only certain facilities and selected portions of its product lines.
About the ISO/TS 16949:2002 Specification
ISO/TS 16949:2002 is a technical specification that, in conjunction with ISO 9001:2000, defines the quality management system requirements for the design and development, production and, when relevant, installation and service of automotive-related products.
About the International Organization for Standardization
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the source of the ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 families of quality and environmental management standards and more than 14,000 International Standards for business, government and society. ISO is a network of national standards institutes from 146 countries working in partnership with international organizations, governments, industry, business and consumer representatives.
Spansion, the Flash memory subsidiary of AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), is the world's leading manufacturer of NOR Flash memory. Spansion(tm) Flash memory is used by leaders in the wireless, cellular, automotive, networking, telecommunications and consumer electronics markets. Spansion offers the industry's broadest Flash memory portfolio, including 5-, 3-, and 1.8-volt products from 1- to 512-megabits in single-die and multi-chip product configurations. Spansion engineering innovations, such as the award-winning MirrorBit(tm) technology and simultaneous read-write (SRW) architecture, continue to advance the state of the art.
To address global consumer desire for Flash-enabled products, Spansion operates four dedicated commercial Flash fabs and four dedicated Flash assembly sites around the world. All Spansion locations are certified to ISO/TS 16949:2002 and ISO 9001:2000. In addition, all Spansion manufacturing facilities are certified to the ISO 14001 environmental standard. Spansion also operates a world-class development fab to accelerate introduction of next-generation technologies.
Information about Spansion Flash memory solutions is available at http://www.spansion.com/overview.