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Cypress Announces Production Release of Cynapse(TM) Software Platform For Network Search Engines

Last Updated: October 18, 2004

Software Platform Supports VxWorks, Linux, Solaris And Windows Platforms

Cypress PR

SAN JOSE, Calif., October 18, 2004 - Cypress Semiconductor (NYSE: CY) today announced the production release of its Cynapse(TM) Software Platform (SP), providing networking vendors with a common control-plane API that supports Cypress's entire portfolio of TCAM-based and Algorithmic-based network search engines (NSEs).  Cynapse SP allows software developers to fully develop and simulate applications prior to instantiation in hardware to accelerate time-to-market. 

Cynapse SP provides production-ready code to be used directly in a customer's control plane, saving developers' time and allowing them to take advantage of Cypress's entire search portfolio to create an optimized search solution.  The platform has been developed around a common table-management API, enabling developers to focus on the development and optimization of application code as opposed to the implementation of table management functionality.  Developers can easily migrate across Cypress NSE solutions in hardware and leverage the same application code as search requirements change across multiple generations.  Cynapse SP supports standard real-time operating environments including VxWorks, Linux, Solaris, and Windows platforms.

"The goal of Cynapse was to provide customers with a control-plane API that would enable them to focus on application-level problems by abstracting search subsystem details," said Rick Tinling, Director of Software for Cypress's Data Communications Division.  "The ability for users to leverage Cynapse across all of our NSE families enables them to keep pace with changing hardware requirements without sacrificing time-to-market."

Cynapse provides fully tested reference applications, device simulation models, advanced diagnostic tools, and application notes for Cypress's Ayama 10000, Ayama 20000, and Sahasra 50000 NSE families.

Pricing and Availability

Cynapse Software Platform is provided to customers free of charge as part of a total NSE solution.   Please contact your CY sales representative for details.

Cypress's Complete Packet Processing Solution

Cypress's search solution includes a comprehensive portfolio of products to address all segments of the search market.   In addition to its highly successful TCAM-based solutions (Ayama 10000 and Ayama 20000 NSEs), Cypress is the only vendor to also offer an algorithmic SRAM-based forwarding search engine (Sahasra 50000) to address the search needs of systems requiring large forwarding tables of more than 1 million table entries." The Ayama 20000 NSEs are the first of their kind to offer a FastLink(TM) cascaded interface; a heterogeneous interface for optimized search subsystems which when combined with Cypress's easy-to-use Cynapse software enables seamless interworking of Cypress NSE families, including both TCAM-based NSEs and algorithmic-based NSEs.

Cypress's comprehensive NSE portfolio has been adopted by leading vendors in the router, L2/L3 switch, CMTS, DSLAM and storage area network (SAN) segments.

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

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