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Cypress Intends to Vigorously Defend Patent Lawsuit Filed by Avago Technologies

Last Updated: April 05, 2011

Cypress Will Show that Its Superior Tracking Technology Used in Mobile Devices
Is Fundamentally Different than Avago’s


SAN JOSE, Calif., April 6, 2011 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced that it will vigorously defend itself in a patent lawsuit filed by Avago Technologies, Inc. The lawsuit, filed on January 21 in the Federal District Court of Delaware, alleges that Cypress’s well-received OvationONS™ optical navigation technology infringes on Avago’s intellectual property. The OvationONS technology enables finger navigation in handheld devices.


Cypress will show at trial that its technology is fundamentally different than the technology covered in Avago’s patents. In fact, Cypress’s solution is based on an entirely distinct method of tracking. Avago’s patents are based on image correlation techniques where a series of images are taken and compared to detect movement. Cypress instead uses its own, patented OptiCheck™ technology, which the company has invested tens of millions of dollars to develop. OptiCheck is a proprietary, speckle-based two-dimensional comb array technology.


“As we have historically done, we will fight this lawsuit with all of our resources,” said T.J. Rodgers, President and CEO of Cypress. “It’s clear that this is a desperate attempt by Avago to intimidate Cypress, our partners and our customers into abandoning a superior technical solution. That’s not how free markets are intended to work, and we have no intention of allowing that to happen. We look forward to the opportunity to prove our case in court and to ensure that our customers continue to enjoy the benefits of this outstanding technology that we have developed.”


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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Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this release that are not historical in nature and that refer to Cypress or its subsidiaries’ plans and expectations for the future are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and relate to, among other things, what we will show at trial in this matter.  Our actual results may differ materially due a variety of factors, including but not limited to the risks identified in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and whether or not we can prevail at trial in this matter.. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to Cypress as of the date of this release, which may change, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.  We use words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “future,” “look forward,” “planning,” “intends” and similar expressions to identify such forward-looking statements.