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CellularRAM(TM) Named 'Best Wireless Technology' by Wireless Systems Design Magazine

Last Updated: March 09, 2004

Low-power PSRAM Specification Co-developed by Cypress, Infineon and Micron, Enables Robust, Lower-Cost 2.5G and 3G Wireless Handsets

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SAN JOSE, Calif., March 9, 2004 - The CellularRAM(TM) specification co-development team of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), Infineon Technologies (FSE/NYSE: IFX) and Micron Technology, Inc. (NYSE: MU), today announced that CellularRAM(TM) technology is the recipient of Wireless Systems Design Magazine's 2004 Industry Award for "Best Wireless Technology."

"Each year, Wireless Systems Design Magazine ( honors a handful of wireless products and technology developments setting the standard in their competitive field, and we feel privileged CellularRAM technology is among them," said Cypress, Infineon and Micron in a joint statement." "This industry recognition, together with support from major chipset suppliers and numerous, high-volume design wins, validates CellularRAM architecture as a leading high-performance, low-power memory solution for 2.5G and 3G handset designs."

A committee of the magazine's editors, industry leaders and readers select award recipients from among hundreds of nominees. This year's winners are being honored today at the Wireless Systems Design Conference in San Diego, Calif.

Members of the co-development team have launched CellularRAM products into the market, covering densities of 16Mb, 32Mb and 64Mb." The three companies co-developed the CellularRAM specification to meet the growing memory and bandwidth demands of future 2.5G and 3G handset designs at a lower cost-per-bit ratio than current solutions. CellularRAM devices incorporate several low-power features and are drop-in compatible, having the same voltage range, package, and ball assignment with asynchronous low-power SRAMs currently used in cell phone designs. This compatible architecture provides designers a smooth transition from SRAM to CellularRAM products. In addition, the CellularRAM products emulate Flash burst-compatible protocol providing increased performance with a peak bandwidth of up to 208 megabytes per second (MB/s) or 1.5 gigabits per second (Gb/s).

MCP solutions are a growing trend for mobile applications. As CellularRAM products are ideal companion devices, the specification co-development continues to enable the market by designing future generations of CellularRAM products with a common bond format supporting the Multi-Chip Package (MCP) requirements of most customers.

The CellularRAM co-development members each provide their respective customers with pin- and function-compatible products from multiple sources, based on the jointly developed specification for CellularRAM products. Each member company is manufacturing products using its own design and process technologies and product development timetables. In addition, CellularRAM specification co-development members are jointly working on defining the specification for the next generation of the CellularRAM product family -- a 128Mb device. Members target sampling of these devices in mid-2004. For more information, visit

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 Infineon
Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions for the automotive and industrial sectors, for applications in the wired communications markets, secure mobile solutions as well as memory products." With a global presence, Infineon operates in the US from San Jose, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore and in Japan from Tokyo. In fiscal year 2003 (ending September), the company achieved sales of Euro 6.15 billion with about 32,300 employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX). Further information is available at

About Micron
Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions." Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets DRAMs, Flash memory, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor components and memory modules for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit its web site at

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