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May 17, 2018

Mini Problem Solvers Take Over Cypress San Jose

We recently invited our HQ Family to bring their future Problem Solvers to our offices in San Jose, California, to celebrate Take Your Kids to Work Day! The day was full of creative activities, a scavenger hunt, volunteering and scoops and scoops of ice cream.

The kids spent their morning watching, helping and learning more about their parent’s roles at work. They experienced the ins-and-outs of a typical day at Cypress and learning more about what their parents do when they are away from home. While they were at Cypress, the kids had an opportunity to learn a little bit about each division of our company and what different roles were like. They were encouraged to think about their own future and the types of problems they feel inspired to solve.

The problem solving parents also taught their kids how to build their own homemade Wigglebot! Using just a few materials like a plastic cup, AAA batteries and a 1.5-3 V DC motor. To create your own or to learn more about the project, check out this tutorial.

We then set out to complete a scavenger hunt. The kids had the chance to design their own Cypress logo, take a picture with an Executive, learn about PSoC®, explore the lab and more! The kids also got more familiar with our campus by exploring what connected products are developed with Cypress technology, the layout of our IoT workshop and even where we house our company meetings.

During our Take Your Kids to Work Day, parents also had the opportunity teach their kids about the value of giving back and the importance of community. As a company, we are committed to helping local communities where our employees live and work, so we were excited to partner with My New Red Shoes, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for homeless and low-income children in the Bay Area. This vital program provides underserved children with the basic necessities of new, well-fitting shoes and clothing for school. The problem solving parents and kids worked side-by-side to pair, tag and barcode more than 500 pairs of shoes to help local children in need.

To round out our event, our Chief Problem Solver Hassane El-Khoury, CMO Chris Cook and CLO Pam Tondreau hosted an ice cream social! With bowls of ice cream filled with cherries and sprinkles, the day wrapped up with quality time for kids and their parents to reflect on the day’s activities and what they learned.

We had a blast hosting these future problem solvers and were thrilled to show them the importance of hard work, social responsibility and how to have fun. We hope to see even more aspiring problem solvers join us at HQ in the years to come!

May 10, 2018

Last Minute Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Gifts

We know you’re busy, so are we. To save you a few minutes, we put together this fun last-minute guide for finding your parental figures the best tech gifts this spring.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and before you know it, Father’s Day will have come and gone too. If you don’t have a gift in mind yet, fear not because we’re lending you a helping hand.

We love celebrating the amazing parents that work at Cypress. As the fearless, and somewhat sleep deprived, leaders of our future Problem Solvers, you deserve to be pampered by your families on your day. Sure, getting a handmade card from your children is cute, but we wanted to know what was really on your wish list.

Unfortunately, we can’t gift peace and quiet, and some alone time, but we can suggest cool gadgets! In a recent company survey, we asked Cypress’ moms and dads what connected devices they would love to receive from their family. For those of you who love to wait until the last minute…*clears throat*… check out this gift guide filled with parent-requested gadgets.

1. Apple Watch

For the sporty mom or dad in your life, or the parent that seems to always be running a bit late, gift them the Apple Watch. We all know it’s stylish and sleek, and as one Cypress employee noted, it can help to increase productivity by displaying calls and text messages. Less time on the phone means more time with family – sounds like a win-win to us! You can purchase one here.

2. Hidrate Spark 2.0

Keeping up with kids can be exhausting. Trying to remember to drink enough water per day is even more exhausting. (Seriously, who has time for that?) Cue solution: the Hidrate Spark 2.0. Yes, we are recommending a water bottle as a gift for superhero parents. The Spark 2.0 is a smart bottle that lights up throughout the day to remind you to drink more water until your goal is met. Added bonus: the bottle’s integrated sensors connect to your favorite fitness applications and automatically record how much water you have consumed. Inspire the next generation of Problem Solvers while staying hydrated? Mission accomplished! Get your eco-friendly gift here.

3. Nest Home Security System

All parents know that no noise can be suspicious; it usually means the kids are getting into trouble. With the Nest Cam indoor security camera, you can really give your parent all-seeing eyes. This Cypress enabled connected device allows you to monitor your household 24/7. You can check out the camera’s full set of awesome features here. For those parents who want more advanced home security, Nest Cam also comes in an outdoor version! Rain or shine, gift your parents peace of mind.

4. Apple AirPods

Parents are masters at multitasking. Between chasing toddlers and getting to meetings on time, we don’t know how you’re able to do it all. Some Cypress parents are hoping you’ll give the gift of wireless connectivity via Apple’s AirPods. These Bluetooth enabled devices not only look cool, they’ll help your parents to stay connected and level-up their multitasking capabilities. It’s time to help your parents ditch the cord, get their AirPods here. Or if you’re looking for something a bit different, check out TechRadar’s full list of the best wireless headphones of 2018.

5. HP Sprocket Photo Printer

By the number of embarrassing childhood photos your parents still keep (we’ve all had an awkward stage), photos are always a timeless gift that your mom or dad will love. With the HP Sprocket Photo Printer, parents can capture their favorite moments and instantly print. To get your parent started with this connected device, purchase here.

6. Amazon Echo

This is one voice your parents definitely won’t mind hearing before their first cup of coffee in the morning! The Amazon Echo is the perfect connected gadget that shares information using voice commands. From repeating the daily weather forecast to dictating recipes, the Echo helps even the busiest parents avoid the tedious task of browsing the Internet. The best part about Echo is that it’s fun for the entire family! As one Cypress employee said, “Amazon Echo brings the family together for dancing and singing using Amazon Music.” Hey Alexa, where can I buy an Amazon Echo?

We hope you found this parent-inspired gift guide helpful! Maybe you’ll even start your shopping a bit earlier next year! As a parent, or guardian, is there a connected gadget you’ve had your eye on recently? Tell us in the comments below!

Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday – we’re also looking forward to Father’s Day next month!

Mar 29, 2018

Women’s History Month – Celebrating Cypress’ Leading Ladies

The month of March is dedicated to celebrating the fearless women who have shaped history and are leading society forward. We’re proud to have talented, accomplished women working at all levels of our business. As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we’ve asked a handful of the remarkable women at Cypress to share a few life lessons they’ve learned and the pieces of advice that have resonated with them throughout their educational and professional careers.

What career advice would you give your 25 year-old self?

Kathy Reck (San Jose)
Director, Global Benefits
"Volunteer to work on every project you possibly can, regardless of whether it's part of your job or not, so you can learn as much as possible about the organization as a whole."

 

Suma K. Gopal (Bangalore, India)
Senior Staff Training Instructor
"Excel in what you do – mediocrity just helps you survive. Habits die hard, so practice powerful positive actions which you don't mind becoming habits! Stay creatively dissatisfied; that's the secret to continuous improvement. Opportunities don't happen, you create them. Craft your career yourself. Remember, you own your development. Failure helps us stay grounded, stay focused and learn what we did not know yesterday. Look at the larger picture, and see how you fit it in and add value. Every learning leaves you changed. If you haven't changed, you haven't learned."

 

What obstacles have you faced in your career and how did you overcome them?

Corinna Aguirre (San Jose)
Senior Staff HR Business Partner
"The biggest obstacle for me was taking the nontraditional route after finishing high school. I started a family early, before I really knew what I wanted to do for a career. This meant my first priority was to support my family and that my education was second. Throughout my 20s, I had to balance being a wife, mother, full-time employee and part-time student. I was able to overcome the challenge of finishing my education by setting small milestones and looking at the big picture (completing my BS degree). Without the support of my family, friends and employer I don't think I would have been able to accomplish it."

 

Richa Dham (Bangalore, India)
Senior Manager, Marketing and Applications
"Complacence. It’s too comforting after you have done some work repeatedly and you fall into complacency and stagnancy. From time to time, do a reality check to see if you are still learning in your role. I have taken up different domains and functional roles in my career to overcome the complacency factor."

 

What advice would you give college students looking to get into your field?

Lalitha Suryanarayana (San Jose)
Vice President
"Learning is a lifelong process and can come from any source. Be open to learning from your peers, mentors, managers, customers, etc. Soft skills are as important as technical skills and a necessary ingredient for well-rounded leadership. Be open to developing and sharpening your soft skills."

 

Jaya Kathuria (Bangalore, India)
Applications Manager
"The options will be overwhelming and it will be tough to choose the right career path. Put your interests and goals first and take chances with your career. Go for the options that will fulfill you."

 

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Carlotta Castillo (San Jose)
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
"Look at every job you do as a career. Whether you are working at a minimum wage job, an executive at a large global company (and anything in between), make that role your career. Just changing your mindset from a ‘temporary stop’ on your professional career allows your mind to open up to all the possibilities the future can provide, if you can actually see it."

 

Christine Morales (San Jose)
Paralegal
"Do something that keeps you interested and challenges you."

 

Christine Lee (San Jose)
Senior Quality Manager
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Stay principled."

 

There have been some amazing pioneers in the STEM fields. Who do you look up to and why?

Ann Minooka (San Jose)
Vice President, Corporate Communications
"Jeff Bezos for his vision. He saw the e-commerce trend way earlier than anyone else. And he wasn't afraid to take risks (he quit his lucrative Wall Street job) to pursue what he believed in."

 

Taylor Varilly (San Jose)
Product Marketing Engineer
"Annie Jump Cannon has always been my hero. In the early 1900s, she recognized that the standard stellar classification system was woefully inadequate and devised an improved method. Despite the hardship imposed by her gender at the time, she used her passion for astronomy to make the scientific community and world a better place."

 
Feb 12, 2018

5 Tech Gifts That Say “Be Mine”

This Valentine’s Day, think outside the box of chocolates and store-bought flowers and consider gifts that say “I love you” year-round. We put together a list of tech gadgets that are anything but predictable. From wearables to smart assistants, here are the top five tech gifts you should consider this Valentine’s Day.

1. The Oura Ring

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Jewelry is a common Valentine’s Day gift, but we think a versatile ring that doubles as a stylish accessory and activity tracker makes an even better statement. Oura’s Smart Health ring is a sleek wearable that tracks sleep, recovery and daily activities. The ring is sure to make your honey’s heart skip a beat.

2. LEDvance Bluetooth Mesh Lighting Products

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Whether you’re enjoying a homemade meal in the dining room or watching your favorite romantic comedy on the couch, no one wants to get up to dim the lights. Now you and your sweetheart will never have to with LEDVANCE’s Bluetooth Mesh lighting products. Just dim the lights with your smartphone and the mood is set - sounds like love at first “light.”

3. Apple AirPods

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You’ve seen it in movies, TV shows and in real life – mixtapes are a sure sign that someone’s crushing on you. What’s the 2018 version of a mixtape? A Spotify playlist, of course. Take your mixtape to the next level by giving your loved one Apple AirPods to stream those ballads and let them know you’re into them.

4. Amazon Echo Show

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Got a long distance crush? We’ve got you covered. With Amazon’s Echo Show, you both can stay connected with face to face video calls. Alexa will also keep their calendar up-to-date so they never miss date nights and anniversaries.

5. Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST

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Gifts are even better with a grand gesture. Channel your inner John Cusack by surprising your Valentine with the UE MEGABLAST smart speaker. This Alexa-enabled speaker makes picking out the perfect songs on Valentine’s Day a little easier. Do you hear that? Sounds like you’re falling in love.

We hope our gift guide helped you with those Valentine’s Day jitters and you’re now prepared with the best gift you’ve ever given. At Cypress, we love helping our customers solve problems and turn their ideas into reality. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Jan 26, 2018

Our Top 5 Takeaways from CES 2018!

The new year started off with a bang, and we’re not talking about the fireworks! We’re talking about the biggest consumer technology show in the world! This year, CES gave us an insider’s look at how AI, the IoT, connected cars and other next-gen technologies will shape our future. From robots that do your day-to-day chores to AI-powered smart speakers, the show was jam-packed with the latest in innovative tech.

To give you an idea of our favorites, we rounded up a list of the top five coolest, quirkiest and most innovative products at CES 2018.

1. The Smarter, Smart Speaker

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(Image from Daniel Cooper, Engadget)

This year, CES proved that the next-gen of IoT is all about embedding devices with AI and automation capabilities. We saw AI technology implemented in everything from automobiles to smart home devices. Smart speakers with AI-powered voice-recognition technology was one of the most talked about products at the show, which isn’t too surprising given NPR and Edison Research’s recent study reporting that one in six U.S. adults already own a smart speaker.

At the heart of many of these voice-activated gadgets is Amazon Alexa. With a dedicated booth at the show, Amazon Alexa gave attendees a peak at its smart home ecosystem, including the Amazon Echo Show which features Cypress’ 802.11ac Wi-Fi combo chip. The influence of Amazon Alexa went far beyond its booth, however; Tiernan Ray at Barron’s wrote that you could’ve called CES 2018 the “Amazon Show.”

Headphone company Ashley Chloe introduced its stylish Ensembl smart speaker, which you can connect to voice assistant platforms and jazz up by adding a 360-degree IP camera for home security or a glowing lantern disc for outside use. Things didn’t stop there; LG teased its new ThinQ Speaker with built-in support for Google Assistant which enables the device to control other LG smart home products. It’s clear that these speakers are being positioned more and more as the gateway to controlling the rest of your smart home.

2. Connected Car Technology is Driving Forward

smart car

(Image from Sean O’Kane, The Verge)

The race to fully autonomous vehicles is in full swing so we knew CES would bring huge announcements from automakers. Toyota’s Concept-i touts an AI-dashboard where passengers can interact with a 2-D animated avatar that monitors the driver’s attention.

Mercedes’ Smart Vision EQ concept car forgoes a console, steering wheel and pedals to instead let drivers use a large dashboard to help them navigate the road, the radio and so much more. The Smart Vision EQ can even welcome you by name and wink at pedestrians – we’re wondering if that will be a popular feature.

For electric car fans, Byton’s concept car with 5G capabilities and autonomous driving has got you covered. We were impressed by the 40-inch curved LCD screen and dashboard that can be controlled by hand gestures from the driver and passengers.

3. Revealing Our Automotive Announcements

Auto makers weren’t the only ones to make waves in the connected car space. At CES we met with analysts, media and partners to demonstrate how Cypress is enabling the next generation of automobiles with not just one, but two new solutions. We showcased our TrueTouch CYAT817 touchscreen controller, designed to provide a seamless infotainment experience with ultra-fast response times. With hover and force touch features, our solutions are packed with the advanced features needed for the next-generation of infotainment systems.

Our other automotive announcement was the CW89359 Wi-Fi combo chipset, which integrates two complete Wi-Fi subsystems and a Bluetooth subsystem, enabling multiple users to connect and stream unique content to their devices simultaneously. This chipset is our highest-performing Wi-Fi device in our IoT portfolio, meeting automotive customers’ rigorous safety requirements. Our chipset is also the only solution on market that can simultaneously stream 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi signals at full throughput. As our CEO Hassane El-Khoury succinctly explained to The Street, "We own the automotive [combo chip] market...that's a fact.”

4. Smart Home’s Flaunted Their I.Q.

smart home

As a company focused on solving problems, we were especially keen on seeing smart home products that showcased how connected technologies are making our lives easier. Kohler introduced its smart bathroom range which features a voice-activated shower so users can set water temperature, change the lighting and even stream music. The company also showed off a smart mirror that allows you to use Amazon Alexa to adjust the lighting around the mirror.

Voice-activated security products were also a hit at the show. Somfy’s outdoor camera can send a "customized voice alert" whenever a person crosses within the camera's field of view, bringing to homes the same type of technology many people enjoy on their laptops and smartphones. The smart home device also comes with email alerts, two-way talk and night vision to keep you covered 24/7. We also fell in love with iPal, a humanoid robot designed to bring companionship and care for children and senior citizens. As devices get smarter with AI technology, we expect to see more people embracing gadgets that they can have real conversations with.    

5. The Oura Smart Ring Featuring PSoC 6

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Our PSoC 6® BLE microcontroller also made a splash at CES this year, powering Oura Health’s new Smart Ring. This ring tracks users’ sleep, recovery and daily activities so that the wearers can improve their overall health. Our ultra-low power, flexible solution extends the Oura ring’s battery life by up to seven days with just one charge, achieving three times the battery life of its predecessor. If you’re a fan of wearables and fitness tracking and have an eye for style, this sleek smart ring is the perfect accessory! You can pre-order Oura’s smart ring starting in April 2018.

CES

That’s a wrap on CES 2018! Every year this show brings the latest technologies and innovations that you didn’t even know you needed – but absolutely must have! We’re proud to be a part of the embedded technology community that constantly strives to find ways to solve the next generation of design challenges. If you missed us at this show, be sure to check out our events calendar to see where we’ll be next!

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