SST Starts Production of 64-Mbit MPF+ Flash Memory Devices

7/21/2004 - SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc., NASDAQ: SSTI), a leader in flash memory technology, announced initial production and availability of its 64-Mbit Multi-Purpose Flash Plus (MPF+) product family. The 64-Mbit MPF+ SST39VF6401 and SST39VF6402 are the latest and largest densities within SSTís MPF+ family of products. Ideal for such applications as mobile phones, set-top boxes, PDAs and networking equipment, SSTís 64-Mbit MPF+ flash products offer several key features, including Boot-Block, Security ID, Erase Suspend and Resume, and Hardware Reset. The MPF+ product line, which has been shipping in lower densities since 4Q03, was developed using the companyís 0.18-micron, self-aligned SuperFlash technology and offers densities ranging from 16 Mbit to 64 Mbit.

Similar to the MPF products, the MPF+ product line delivers high performance, superior reliability, low-power operation and small sector size. The product family features chip erase operations 1,000 times faster than conventional flash, eliminating bottlenecks and costs in the manufacturing process by enabling customers to erase their flash devices in 40 milliseconds instead of the one or more minutes typical with most flash alternatives. Additionally, the MPF+ devices allow individual sectors to be erased predictably and at least 50 to 100 times faster than conventional flash, thereby reducing power consumption and providing a more responsive end-user experience.

ďWith the availability of our 64-Mbit MPF+ product line, the highest density flash SST offers today, we are poised to expand our product portfolio and future revenue stream,Ē said Jason Feinsmith, senior business director for the Standard Memory Product Group at SST.

The MPF+ product line boasts several significant features that make it an ideal solution for applications such as set-top boxes and mobile phones. These features include: Erase Suspend/Erase Resume, which allows an erase operation to be suspended so that more time-critical operations can be performed before the erase operation is resumed; Boot Block Write-Protection, which allows the boot block area of the flash to be protected by a write-protect pin; Security ID, which offers two 128-bit, one-time programmable registers; and Hardware Reset, which enables system designers to easily reset the entire flash device.

In addition, the MPF+ products come in the industryís smallest standard package for comparable products. The 64-Mbit devices are offered in a 48-ball TFBGA, 8mm x 10mm package, as well as in a 48-pin TSOP package. Additionally, the MPF+ product family is offered in a very small ComboMemory package that combines the MPF+ flash die with SRAM. All packages are offered in both lead and non-lead (non-Pb) versions.

Pricing and Availability
The 64-Mbit MPF+ (SST39VF6401 and SST39VF6402) devices are available starting this quarter in speeds as fast as 70ns. Pricing for the SST39VF6401 and SST39VF6402 (bottom boot block and top boot block devices, respectively) is $7.00 in 10K unit quantities. For more information about SST and its family of MPF+ flash memory products, visit the companyís Web site at

About SuperFlash Technology
SST's SuperFlash technology is a NOR type, split-gate cell architecture which uses a reliable thick-oxide process with fewer manufacturing steps resulting in a low-cost, nonvolatile memory solution with excellent data retention and higher reliability. The split-gate NOR SuperFlash architecture facilitates a simple and flexible design suitable for high performance, high reliability, small or medium sector size, in- or off-system programming and a variety of densities, all in a single CMOS-compatible technology.

About Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, SST designs, manufactures and markets a diversified range of nonvolatile memory solutions, based on proprietary, patented SuperFlash technology, for high volume applications in the digital consumer, networking, wireless communications and Internet computing markets. SST's product families include various densities of high functionality flash memory components, flash mass storage products and flash microcontrollers. SST also offers its SuperFlash technology for embedded applications through its world-class manufacturing partners and technology licensees including 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (Grace), IBM, Motorola, Inc., National Semiconductor Corporation, NEC Corporation, Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., Seiko Epson Corp., Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Co., Ltd., Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), Toshiba Corporation, Vanguard International Semiconductor Corporation, and Winbond Electronics Corp. TSMC offers embedded SuperFlash under its trademark Emb-FLASH. Further information on SST can be found on the company's Web site at

For more information about SST and the companyís comprehensive list of product offerings, please call 1-888/SST-CHIP. Information can also be requested via email to or through SSTís Web site at SSTís head office is located at 1171 Sonora Court, Sunnyvale, Calif.; telephone: 408/735-9110; fax: 408/735-9036.

The SST logo and SuperFlash are registered trademarks of Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. Emb-FLASH is a trademark of TSMC.

Key Features of SSTís New MPF+ 64-Mbit Device Family

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