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Cypress Extends Deadline for First Phase of ARM® Cortex™-M3/PSoC® Design Challenge

Last Updated: January 11, 2011

New Deadline for Schematics and Abstracts now January 24, 2011
to Accommodate Exceptional Demand

San Jose, Calif., January 12, 2010- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY), today extended the deadline for it’s ARM® Cortex™-M3/ PSoC® 5 Design Challenge. In order to accommodate exceptional demand, participants now have until January 24, 2011 to complete stage one of the challenge. The design challenge aims to find the most innovative and useful designs from the millions of possibilities available to designers using the Cypress PSoC 5 architecture powered by the ARM Cortex-M3 processor.

A total of over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded throughout the contest, including the $2,500 Grand Prize. More information, including how to enter the contest and how to become a judge, as well as lively interaction from participants and the engineering community is available at

Judging of the contest entries will be done in three stages:

  • Stage 1 – November 10, 2010 to January 31, 2011 - Designers will submit schematic block diagrams and abstracts of their ideas. From these entries, the top 100 will be selected, each of which will be awarded a free PSoC 5 Development Kit.
  • Stage 2 – January 31, 2011 to April 4, 2011 - The first round winners will then submit a video of their completed designs, along with a project file created in Cypress’s PSoC Creator IDE. From this group, four winners from the following categories will be selected and awarded: $1,000: Best Analog Design, Best Digital Design, Best PSoC Creator Component Design, and the Community Choice Design as selected by popular vote of the over 20,000 members of the Cypress Design Community.
  • Stage 3 – April 4, 2011 to May 3, 2011 - The Grand Prize will be selected from the four winning designs by an all-star panel of judges, including Cypress President and CEO, T.J. Rodgers; ARM Director of Enterprise and Embedded Solutions, Ian Ferguson; and Brian Fuller, Chief Product Strategist for EE Times.

“We’re pleased to see so much interest generated by this exciting contest,” said Matt Branda, Director of PSoC Platform Marketing. “We’re hopeful that even more engineers will be able to participate and truly make this contest competitive.”

Enter today at

About PSoC 5
The PSoC 5 architecture integrates a 32-bit ARM Cortex™-M3 core with high-precision programmable analog including 12-bit to 20-bit ADCs, digital logic libraries full of dozens of drop-in peripherals, best-in-class power management and rich connectivity resources. The PSoC Creator IDE introduces a unique schematic-based design methodology along with fully tested, pre-packaged analog and digital peripherals easily customizable through user-intuitive wizards and APIs to meet specific design requirements. More information on the PSoC platform is available 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 flagship PSoC® programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives such as PowerPSoC® solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, CapSense® touch sensing and TrueTouch™ solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable timing devices. Cypress serves numerous markets, including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and military. Cypress trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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