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Cypress Intelligent Lighting Solutions Support OSRAM DRAGON LEDs To Streamline Lighting Design Process

Last Updated: March 09, 2010

Code-Free Solution Teams with High-Performance LEDs to Deliver Simple, Efficient Designs

SAN JOSE Calif., December 17, 2008 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced its easy-to-use intelligent lighting solutions support DRAGON LEDs from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors. Using Cypress's PSoC Designer™ 5.0 visual design software and the CY3265O-RGB evaluation kit, designers can simply input the selected DRAGON device; select bin specifications through easy-to-use, drop-down menus; and choose a color, including white - without having to write a single line of firmware. The solution frees lighting designers from the burden of knowing LED binning and temperature specifications, so they can focus on desired lighting effects and bring intelligent lighting systems to market more quickly and efficiently.

Cypress has integrated the DRAGON device specifications and temperature characteristics into the content library of PSoC Designer 5.0 software, which supports Cypress's EZ-Color™ LED controllers. With other LED controllers, engineers must input specific device binning and temperature performance data. Cypress has introduced the CY3265O-RGB evaluation kit enabling designers to begin simplified system design with DRAGON LEDs.

"OSRAM's DRAGON LED family offers stellar performance, and we are pleased to support it with our intelligent lighting solutions," said Curt Davis, vice president of Cypress's PowerPSoC™ Business Unit, which includes Intelligent Lighting Solutions.  "The flexibility of the DRAGON family combined with the ease-of-use of our solutions provides a diverse pallet of color and white lighting options to system designers."

The DRAGON LED family offers lighting system designers competitive options for a variety of applications. The high-performance LEDs have an exceptionally long lifetime and emit the maximum light from the smallest possible source using Thinfilm/ThinGaN technology, giving designers and developers numerous options. All DRAGON products also share a common base design allowing interchangeability depending on desired brightness level.

"The performance and versatility of our DRAGON LEDs work well with Cypress's software, controller technology and additional lighting solutions," said Steffen Block from Solid State Lighting at OSRAM. "We are always looking for ways to help our customers maximize the efficiency of their design process, and this combined toolset does just that."


The CY3265O-RGB evaluation kit provides the firmware to support DRAGON LEDs. The kit comes with a daughter card featuring DRAGON LEDs, and includes a MiniProg, a 5v LCD display, a USB cable, a CD with PSoC Designer 5.0, Gerber files and schematics. The kit is available on the Cypress Online Store at and from authorized distributors.

About Cypress's Intelligent Lighting Solutions

LED lighting design requires a complex set of calculations with custom firmware to deliver consistent color. The two biggest problems that LED lighting engineers face are having to account for differing LED performance specifications based on manufacturing bins and the LEDs' degradation (such as output flux, wavelength etc.) over different temperatures. With PSoC Designer 5.0, designers simply select a color from a gamut presented on-screen. Pre-loaded manufacturers' bin specifications and choice of either temperature or optical feedback algorithms are automatically applied to the selected design and programmed into an EZ-Color controller. This can save anywhere from weeks to months of design time for a complex design.

EZ-Color LED controllers can support up to 16 LED strings, compared to four or five strings for competitive devices. The additional strings can mean a savings of dozens or even hundreds of controllers in very large designs, cutting design complexity, power consumption and board space. The EZ-Color LED controllers are powered by Cypress patent pending PrISM™ (Precise Illumination Signal Modulation) technology. The PrISM modulation technology significantly reduces low-frequency flicker and radiated electro-magnetic interference (EMI)-common problems in LED lighting designs. Designers also have the flexibility to add additional functionality to the EZ-Color controllers, including battery charging, motor control, thermal feedback, programmable control gear and other features.

About OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

OSRAM is part of the Industry sector of Siemens and one of the two leading lighting manufacturers in the world. Its subsidiary, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH in Regensburg (Germany), offers its customers solutions based on semiconductor technology for lighting, sensor and visualization applications. OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has production sites in Regensburg (Germany) and Penang (Malaysia). Its headquarters for North America is in Santa Clara (USA), and for Asia in Hong Kong. OSRAM Opto Semiconductors also has sales offices throughout the world. In the 2007 fiscal year (to the end of September) OSRAM Opto Semiconductors employed more than 4000 people and achieved sales totaling 520 million euros. For more information go to

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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