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Acer Selects Cypress's PSoC(R) CapSense(TM) For Media Console in Hot New Acer Aspire Notebook PCs | Cypress Semiconductor

Acer Selects Cypress's PSoC(R) CapSense(TM) For Media Console in Hot New Acer Aspire Notebook PCs

Last Updated: May 24, 2010

Single Chip in Tiny 32-QFN Package Manages Seven Buttons, a Five-Segment Slider
And 14 LEDs to Implement Attractive and Functional Media Controls

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 21, 2009 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced that Acer has selected its PSoC® CapSense™ touch sensing solution for its striking new Aspire 4935G/4937G notebook computers in Asia and Aspire 8935/5935 notebooks in the Americas. Acer was able to use a single CapSense device in a tiny 32-QFN package to control the complete suite of media functions available on the new laptops. No competitive solutions were able to accommodate all the necessary functions in a single chip.

The programmable CapSense architecture enabled Acer to create the innovative media consoles and then customize them for separate markets and models using the same CapSense device. This saved design time and reduced inventory requirements. The single device manages seven buttons, a five-segment slider and 14 LEDs, all in a tiny 32-QFN package, allowing Acer to optimize board-space usage. The CapSense solution also allows designers to make last-minute changes, add features and control additional functions beyond the capacitive touch interface— capabilities that are not available from other capacitive sensing products.

“This is another important design win with a premier notebook provider,” said Dhwani Vyas, vice president of Cypress’s User Interface Business Unit. “Acer selected CapSense last year, and with this year’s more aggressive design objectives, CapSense again was the best solution. We continue to gain momentum as the user interface of choice for new computer models.”

“We are pleased that Cypress was able to integrate our aggressive feature list in a single chip with a very small package,” said Johnny Shyy, Director of Notebook Product Management, for Acer. “One of the factors that differentiate the Aspire notebooks from the competition is the intuitive and stylish user interface. Cypress’s CapSense solution is a major part of this success.”

About CapSense
Cypress's CapSense Touch-Sensing solution has replaced 2.5 billion mechanical buttons in mobile handsets, laptops, consumer electronics, white goods, automotive applications, and virtually any system that has a mechanical button or switch, making Cypress the industry touch-sensing leader. The CapSense portfolio, the industry's broadest and most integrated, enhances industrial design and reliability with the most noise-immune and water tolerant capacitive touch-sensing interfaces, including proximity sensing where direct touch is not required. CapSense proximity sensing, with its industry leading detection range up to 25 cm, provides power savings by activating an interface only when needed while further enhancing industrial designs by only exposing interfaces when necessary. Based on the PSoC programmable system-on-chip architecture and the PSoC Designer™ Embedded-System Design Tool, users complete CapSense designs quickly and easily using pre-configured and verified "user modules" and real-time sensor tuning and monitoring. Learn more about CapSense online at

PSoC -- Because Change Happens
PSoC devices employ a highly configurable system-on-chip architecture for embedded control design, offering a flash-based equivalent of a field-programmable ASIC without lead-time or NRE penalties. PSoC devices integrate configurable analog and digital circuits, controlled by an on-chip microcontroller, providing both enhanced design revision capability and component count savings. They include up to 32 Kbytes of Flash memory, 2 Kbytes of SRAM, an 8x8 multiplier with 32-bit accumulator, power and sleep monitoring circuits, and hardware I2C communications. A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions saving customers design time, board space and power consumption while improving system quality and reducing system cost.

The flexible PSoC resources allow designers to future-proof their products by enabling firmware-based changes during design, validation, production, and in the field. The unique PSoC flexibility shortens design cycle time and allows for late-breaking feature enhancements. All PSoC devices are also dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to morph internal resources on-the-fly, utilizing fewer components to perform a given task. More information about PSoC products is available at and free online training is at

About Acer
Since its founding in 1976, Acer has constantly pursued the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Focused on marketing its brand-name IT products around the globe, Acer ranks as the world's No. 3 vendor for total PCs and No. 2 for notebooks, with the fastest growth among the top-five players. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to Acer's continued growth, while the successful mergers of Gateway and Packard Bell complete the company's global footprint by strengthening its presence in the U.S., and enhancing its strong position in Europe. The Acer Group employs more than 6,000 people worldwide. 2008 revenues reached US$16.65 billion.

About Cypress
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the PSoC® programmable system-on-chip, USB controllers, general-purpose programmable clocks and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity technologies ranging from its CyFi™ Low-Power RF solution, to West Bridge® and EZ-USB® FX2LP controllers that enhance connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, and industrial. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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