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Cypress and Anna University Chennai Team Up to Drive Innovation and Learning In Embedded Systems Engineering in India

Last Updated: March 09, 2010

Joint PSoC® Laboratory Will Offer Hardware, Software, Training and Support Services; Cypress to Donate Over $200,000 USD in Development Kits and Software

CHENNAI, India, Nov. 6, 2008 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) and Anna University Chennai, India today announced an agreement to set up a joint PSoC® programmable system-on-chip laboratory in the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering ,College of Engineering Guindy Campus. The PSoC lab will be a platform for providing technical training, development of intellectual property and embedded systems in the vibrant and growing embedded system design community at Anna University Chennai.

As part of the agreement, Cypress will provide hands-on training to the faculty and students of Anna University Chennai, in addition to free hardware kits and software tools valued at over $200,000 USD.  Anna University Chennai will provide the facilities for the laboratory.

The agreement was signed at Anna University on November 6 by Babak Hedayati, Cypress's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Corporate Business Development, and Mannar Jawahar, Vice- Chancellor of Anna University Chennai.

"We are delighted to partner with Anna University Chennai and pleased to introduce a new generation of designers to the PSoC architecture," said Hedayati. "PSoC is everywhere - in mobile phones, laptops, MP3 players, and even products such as toothbrushes and intelligent shoes are enabled by PSoC. We believe that this laboratory will inspire and fuel students' imaginations to come up with new applications for PSoC in embedded systems."

"Anna University is pleased to partner with an industry leader such as Cypress for this new laboratory," said Mannar Jawahar. "We have developed a strong connection with Cypress, including the training of 25 faculty members, an industry project in medical electronics and the recruitment of talented graduates. This agreement strengthens our partnership; our students and faculty will derive rich benefits from designing on the flexible PSoC platform, and Cypress benefits from increased PSoC knowledge within the many talented designers in our student body."

"Cypress is committed to develop the next generation of designers in India," said Patrick Kane, Director of University Relations at Cypress. "This agreement is one example of our commitment to premier engineering institutions in India. We also recently launched a nationwide design contest for undergraduate and graduate-level engineering students in India (" Efforts such as these are important steps in developing expertise and nurturing the rich engineering talent in India."

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About the Cypress University Alliance

Cypress's University Alliance Program is a multifaceted program empowering electronics engineering and computer science students to develop the skill sets needed to perform in today's marketplace." The program mounts regional design competitions, offers academic workshops, and maintains a university alliance website ( which provides access to myriad free design resources, evaluation boards and online courses.

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 solutions ranging from its WirelessUSB™ radio system-on-chip, 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, industrial, and solar power. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

About Anna University

Anna University was established on 4th September 1978 as a unitary type of University by amalgamating the College of Engineering Guindy (established in May 1794), A C College of Technology, Madras Institute of Technology and School of Architecture and Planning." It offers higher education in Engineering, Technology and allied Sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society. Besides promoting research and disseminating knowledge gained there from, it fosters cooperation between the academic and industrial communities. Since December 2001, it has become a large, highly renowned affiliated University in Tamil Nadu, India

The Anna University, which is of the affiliated type, is a member of the Association of Indian Universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Partner of UNESCO International Center for Engineering Education (UICEE). UGC have accredited Anna University with Five Star Status in 2002, which is the highest rating. 

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