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Cypress Enhances CapSense" Website User Experience

Last Updated: August 29, 2007

New Website Makes It Easier to Access Information
On Cypress's Industry-Leading Capacitive Sensing Solution

SAN JOSE, Calif., August 29, 2007- Cypress Semiconductor Corp." (NYSE: CY) today unveiled a redesigned website for its CapSense™ touch-sensing solution. The PSoC®-based CapSense interface replaces mechanical buttons, switches, and sliders, while also supporting touchscreens and proximity detectors in systems including cell phones, cars, notebooks, PCs, white goods and industrial applications. The new CapSense website can be accessed from the Cypress company website or directly at

The new CapSense website provides an intuitive navigation scheme through its organization under five categories: Technology, Applications, Products, Support, and News & Events." Users are only a single click away from accessing CapSense products with a list of direct links to the Cypress store, requests for samples, software download portal, online training, and local sales contacts. The redesigned website mirrors the resourceful user interface features of the Cypress company website, such as dynamic drop-down menus that provide users with a consistent and efficient navigation experience and rich flash animations that save time by communicating product value at a glance.

"An increasing number of our customers are realizing the value and differential advantage that CapSense delivers to their designs," said Carl Brasek, business unit director for Cypress's CapSense products. "Now our best-in-class touch-sensing solution is paired with a best-in-class website to further support our growing customer base."

About CapSense
A single CapSense device can replace dozens of mechanical switches and controls with an elegant touch-sensitive interface, and the solution supports touch screens and proximity sensing for superior product differentiation. CapSense-based "button" and "slider" controls are more reliable than their mechanical counterparts because they are resistant to environmental wear-and-tear from temperature change and moisture. Cypress has garnered well over 100 CapSense design wins worldwide in applications that include mobile handsets, portable media players, white goods, computers, printers and automotive, among others.

A CapSense interface detects the presence of a conductive object, like a user's finger, and embedded sensors work with the PSoC device to translate data about the finger's presence into various system control functions. The sensor is not an actual component, but can be almost any conductive pad, such as copper on the PCB or indium tin oxide. Additionally, the solution can be used with multiple substrates like PCB, flex PCB and PET. Cypress's CapSense offers system designers numerous advantages over capacitive sensing products built around modules and sub-assemblies, including increased flexibility, reduced board space and lower cost. Because of the unique PSoC architecture with configurable analog and digital blocks, designers can easily integrate multiple functions (e.g., LED drivers, motor controls, and LCD displays), in addition to capacitive sensing. Users can complete CapSense designs quickly and easily using pre-configured and verified "user modules" within Cypress's PSoC Designer 4.4 Integrated Design Environment (IDE). To learn more about CapSense visit"

PSoC -- Because Change Happens
PSoC devices employ a highly configurable system-on-chip architecture for embedded control design, offering a flash-based equivalent of a field-programmable ASIC without lead-time or NRE penalties. 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.

Easy to use development tools enable designers to select configurable library elements for analog functions such as amplifiers, ADCs, DACs, filters and comparators and digital functions such as timers, counters, PWMs, SPI and UARTs. The PSoC family's analog features include rail-to-rail inputs, programmable gain amplifiers and up to 14-bit ADCs with exceptionally low noise, input leakage and voltage offset.

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 from 5 cents to as much as $10 in system costs. Learn more about PSoC products at and receive free online training at"

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

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