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AgigA Tech Expands Portfolio with Market's Highest-Density Non-Volatile DDR3 Solution for Critical Data Back-Up

Last Updated: August 10, 2010

Cypress Subsidiary’s DDR3 AGIGARAM™ Solutions Offer up to 8 GB Densities
For Maintenance-Free Data Integrity for Storage and Server Applications

POWAY, Calif., August 11, 2010 – AgigA Tech Inc., a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY), today announced the industry’s highest-density DDR3 solution as part of its family of high-speed, battery-free non-volatile RAM systems. The new solutions in the AGIGARAM™ non-volatile system (NVS) family deliver densities up to 8 gigabytes (GB) providing flexibility to system architects and designers to tailor non-volatile memory for specific application requirements. As the industry’s first to sample a 1 GB non-volatile DDR3 solution, AgigA Tech now extends the market’s broadest portfolio of battery-free non-volatile memory solutions with these newly introduced products.

The AGIGARAM product family merges NAND Flash, DRAM and a battery-free ultracapacitor power source into a highly reliable non-volatile memory system.  When used as a write cache in enterprise-class applications, AGIGARAM provides a performance-boosting building block while guarding against power failures and consequent loss of critical data. The DDR3 products deliver data transfer speeds up to 1333 MT/s (megatransfers per second). AgigA Tech offers unique product support to boost reliability, including extensive ultracapacitor testing with a dedicated test lab, in-system health monitoring, a system safe control protocol, and extended lifetime operation. More information on the AGIGARAM systems is available at

“AgigA Tech is completely focused on providing highly reliable non-volatile memory solutions to our customers,” said Ron Sartore, CEO of AgigA Tech. “Our newest additions to the AGIGARAM portfolio deliver worry-free data-protection with DDR3-1333 performance, and demonstrate our leadership commitment to the market.”

Complementing the nvSRAM offerings from Cypress, the AGIGARAM system scales and extends nonvolatile solutions to much higher densities. The next best high-density alternative, battery-backed memories, can offer high speeds, but are subject to numerous problems, such as hazardous material issues, increased design complexity, long charge times, limited operating life, and a high total cost of ownership.

The AGIGARAM system solves these problems with a novel use of a battery-free power sub-system, teamed with high-speed SDRAM, NAND Flash, intelligent power management and a proprietary system controller. During normal operation, the AGIGARAM system appears as a DDR3-registered DIMM to the host system, providing all the benefits and speed of a standard high-speed, high-density SDRAM. In the event of a power loss, the AGIGARAM system can be commanded to take control of the SDRAM and transfer its contents to Flash memory using energy from its ultracapacitor power source, thereby preserving all the SDRAM data. After power is restored, the AGIGARAM system can be commanded to transfer the contents back into the SDRAM and returns control to the host system. This functionality can be used for power interruption/loss immunity, write caching and posting, data logging and journaling, instant-on recovery, and service and maintenance processing.

AgigA Tech at Flash Memory Summit
AgigA Tech will attend the Flash Memory Summit at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA from August 17 to 19. AgigA Tech will be hosting several activities at the show:
• Booth #219 in the Exhibitor’s Showcase – AgigA Tech will be showcasing the AGIGARAM systems in several live demos.
• Lane Hauck, senior member of the technical staff at AgigA Tech, will give a presentation entitled “Reliable Flash-Backed Cache Using SuperCaps” as part of Forum F1A on Tuesday, August 17 at 11:05 a.m. PDT
• Technology partner Altera Corporation will be demonstrating AGIGARAM in Booth #217 in the Exhibitor’s Showcase
Email to schedule a meeting with AgigA Tech personnel, or stop by Booth #219.

Availability and Photo
The AGIGA8301 1GB DDR3-1333 AGIGARAM solution is production-ready with samples available to qualified customers. The 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB AGIGA8401 DDR3-1333 AGIGARAM solutions will be sampling to alpha customers later this quarter, with production expected in the fourth quarter of 2010. The AGIGA8401 and AGIGA8301 are both available in a 240-pin RDIMM form factor. A high-resolution photo of the AGIGA8301 AGIGARAM system is available at

About AgigA Tech Inc.
AgigA Tech is an industry pioneer in high-speed, high-density, battery-free non-volatile RAM. The AGIGARAM™ product family merges NAND Flash, DRAM and an ultracapacitor power source into a highly reliable non-volatile memory system. The systems target enterprise-class and embedded system equipment to guard against power failure and loss of critical data. Headquartered in Poway, California with a product development and test center in Chengdu, China, AgigA Tech was founded in February 2008 as a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor (Nasdaq: CY). The company’s products are available worldwide through the Cypress sales force and its distributor partners. More information on the company is available at

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 flagship PSoC® programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives such as PowerPSoC® solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, CapSense® touch sensing and TrueTouch™ solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable timing devices. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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