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Cypress and Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology Agree To Build New PSoC(R) Laboratory

Last Updated: May 11, 2009

Cypress Will Provide Hands-on Training in Addition to Hardware Kits and Software Tools

BANGALORE, India, May 11, 2009 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) and Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology (NMIT) of Bangalore recently have agreed to build a joint PSoC® programmable system-on-chip laboratory in the department of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) of  NMIT. The agreement was signed at NMIT on by Balaji Thirumalai, Director of Strategic Marketing and Corporate Business Development and Dr. H. C. Nagaraj, Principal of NMIT, Bangalore.

As part of the agreement, Cypress will provide hands-on training to the faculty and students of NMIT, Bangalore, in addition to free hardware kits and software tools. NMIT, Bangalore will provide the facilities for the laboratory.

This Laboratory will expose the students to the PSoC platform, a flexible family of devices with programmable analogue and digital blocks integrated with a microcontroller. With its unique architecture, PSoC provides an unrivaled learning platform for embedded design students. The lab will also be used for training the local engineering community

A two semester course on PSoC is also being planned at NMIT. The course material will be developed by the faculty of NMIT in collaboration with Cypress. The course will include both theory and practical labs. The emphasis will be on allowing the students to use PSoC in innovative applications and in their academic projects. The course will also provide the academic community an excellent opportunity to engage in more industrial projects.

“This new laboratory adds a new facet to our curriculum here at NMIT, Bangalore” said Dr. Nagaraj. “The PSoC platform provides a rich environment for our students to learn practical, real-world engineering skills which will help them immediately in their chosen careers. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Cypress.”

“We have a long history in Bangalore, and we are pleased to partner with a leader in education in this area,” said Thirumalai. “The engineers and professionals that use this new lab will learn the power and flexibility of the PSoC platform, and we expect many of them will want to use PSoC in real-world designs.”

“This agreement is exactly what the Cypress University Alliance is about—partnering with the world’s leading universities and students to establish PSoC as the premier embedded design learning platform,’ said Patrick Kane, director of the Cypress University Alliance. “We are proud to add NMIT, Bangalore to the growing list of world-class universities using PSoC.”

About Nitte Education Trust and NMIT
Nitte Education Trust was founded by the committed philanthropist and legal luminary Justice K.S Hegde, who strongly believed that education was pivotal to the overall progress of a community. Nitte Education Trust was developed as a center for excellence in imparting quality education and generating competent and skilled graduates who are prepared to face the challenges posed by social and technology changes. The Trust today has 25 institutions, with more than 8500 students and 3500 employees. The team includes the well-known industrialist, Sri N.V Hegde, and the eminent educationalist Dr. N.R Shetty (Twice Vice Chancellor of Bangalore University and presently President ISTE) who share the same concern and commitment to the cause of community development.

In 2001, the Nitte Education Trust started the Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology at Yelahanka in Bangalore to cater to the IT needs of the community. NMIT’s website is

PSoC - Because Change Happens
PSoC devices employ a highly configurable system-on-chip architecture for embedded control design. 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.

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.

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. Customers can save as much as $10 in system costs. Learn more about PSoC products at and receive free online training at

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 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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