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Belkin to Design Cypress's WirelessUSB(TM) Technology into Home Theatre Systems

Last Updated: July 27, 2004

Belkin to Design Cypress's WirelessUSB(TM) Technology into Home Theatre Systems

New 2.4 GHz Keyboards, Mice and Remote Controls Will Enable Users to Surf the Internet And Manage PC-Based Media Centers From Their Living Room Couch
Cypress PR

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 27, 2004 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced that Belkin Corp. has selected Cypress's WirelessUSB(TM) radio-system-on-a-chip technology for use in a new family of products it is designing for PC-based media center/home theatre applications, including WirelessUSB-based keyboards, mice and remote controls. The first products are expected to appear on store shelves by early September, in time for the year-end holiday shopping season.

"Multimedia PC and home theatre technologies are converging to create a host of opportunities for new types of low-cost wireless peripherals," said Scott Borden, director of Belkin R&D Labs. "We selected WirelessUSB for this application because the technology offers superior range, battery life, and performance versus competing solutions, including 27 MHz and Bluetooth."

"Many people today would like be able to surf the Internet from their living room couch, or download and drive movies and digital programming to home theatre systems via a multimedia PC," said Cathal Phelan, vice president of Cypress's Personal Communications Division. "WirelessUSB gives designers like Belkin the low-cost, robust performance and flexible architecture they require to make the convenient, new wireless peripherals that will drive these systems."

About WirelessUSB

WirelessUSB, offered by both Cypress and its second-source partner, Atmel Corp. (NASDAQ: ATML), delivers the best combination of performance and cost versus competing wireless technologies. WirelessUSB LS devices communicate at distances of up to 10 meters, with an average latency of less than four milliseconds and a transmission rate of 62.5 kbps. Featuring a highly integrated radio transceiver plus digital baseband on a single chip, the technology, which is priced below $2 in volume quantities, enables designers to significantly decrease development time, component count and system cost while improving operating range, power-consumption and latency.

WirelessUSB devices employ a unique patent-pending approach to avoid electrical interference, that combines bi-directional Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) data transmission techniques, pre-defined pseudo-noise codes and dynamic channel switching to create a frequency-agile solution with excellent processing gain for guaranteed wireless data delivery. Operating in the 2.4 GHz global ISM band, the device also allows customers to deploy their solutions worldwide, regardless of regional frequency requirements. Earlier this year, the company also introduced a 50-meter version of the product, WirelessUSB LR, for long-range commercial and industrial applications.

About Cypress

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) is Connecting From Last Mile to First Mile(TM) with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch and core communications-system applications. Cypress Connects(TM) using wireless, wireline, digital and optical transmission standards, including USB, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet and DWDM. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, timing technology solutions and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. More information about Cypress is accessible online at

About Belkin

Belkin Corporation, the global leader in connectivity solutions, offers a range of innovations for the computer, electronics, and mobile consumer." With a diverse and far-reaching product mix consisting of home and enterprise networking, audio video solutions, KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) and peripheral sharing, power protection and cabling, as well as USB and FireWire devices, Belkin extends its reach also to Bluetooth(TM), cellular, PDA, iPod(R) , and other solutions for mobile computing. In addition, Belkin has introduced multiple types of messaging services, using iNuntius Inc.'s technology, that allows users to send or receive email, voicemail, faxes, and mobile text messages through one IP-based portal, from any computer and web-enabled device. Belkin products are available through as well as through a network of major distributors, resellers, and superstores.

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