a company experienced in the development of flash memory and formed by AMD and
Fujitsu in 1992, is experiencing a changing of the guard in the Chairman of the
Board position. Hector
Ruiz, who serves as Chairman and CEO for AMD, also served as Chairman of
the Board for Spansion -- that position will now be taken over by Donald L.
In addition, Gilles Delfassy was also appointed to Spansion’s
Board of Directors. "Their deep semiconductor business, operations,
financial and technology expertise will be a strong complement to the board in
an exciting time for the company as we continue to redefine the Flash memory
industry," said Spansion CEO Bertrand Cambou. "On behalf of the Board, I would like to
thank Hector for his considerable contributions as an inspirational and
instrumental leader for the Spansion Board, who played a significant role in
helping Spansion achieve its status as a leading, independent NOR Flash memory
Lucas has been affiliated with a number of companies over
the past thirty years including National Semiconductor Corporation (which he
helped to found), Oracle and Dexcom. Delfassy served as senior vice president for Texas
"I have always been interested in and worked with great
leaders of technology companies," remarked Lucas. "With a Board of
Directors focused on improving the company’s capital structure, a strong
management team, solid long term strategy and compelling technology and
solutions, Spansion is well positioned for future success."
"In my role at Texas Instruments, I worked closely with
Spansion over the years through a strong alliance in the wireless area,"
added Delfassy. "I now look forward to joining the board and more directly
participating in Spansion’s growth opportunity."
Ruiz's departure from the Spansion board should give him
more time to focus on ensuring the success of AMD's new Barcelona architecture. AMD's L3
cache-equipped Barcelona processors
are based on a 65nm manufacturing process and feature up to 4.5MB of onboard
AMD's new quad-core and upcoming triple-core Barcelona processors will be going
toe-to-toe with Intel's upcoming Penryn family of processors.