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Cypress Introduces Automotive Image Sensor Evaluation Kit for Rapid Development of Safety Systems

Last Updated: November 25, 2011

Cypress Introduces Automotive Image Sensor Evaluation Kit for Rapid Development of Safety Systems

ECK100 Kit Offers a Complete Lab Bench Evaluation Platform

SAN JOSE, Calif., February 28, 2006 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today introduced an evaluation kit for its award-winning automotive image sensor technology. The ECK100 kit provides a complete lab bench evaluation platform, including a miniature camera head with CMOS imager, Windows-based management software, an FPGA control box, cables and power supply, and an application programming interface. The kit enables designers to quickly develop automotive safety systems using Cypress's image sensor technology for such applications as night vision, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot detection, lane departure warning systems, collision mitigation, driver drowsiness monitoring and pedestrian detection.

Cypress's automotive imagers deliver superior image quality in any lighting condition, improving the performance of applications and algorithms that rely on the quality of video. Cypress's Autobrite® adaptive wide dynamic range technology is the industry's best - adapting up to 120 dB, 1000-times greater than a standard CMOS or CCD camera, for optimal performance in varied lighting. In addition, the imager's near-infrared (IR) sensitivity and exceptional low light sensitivity enhance data capture at night, contributing to overall safety system performance.

"As the automotive industry has intensified its focus on proactive ways to assist drivers in avoiding accidents, Cypress has seen a wide range of safety applications based on imaging technology," said Rich Hicks, director of Cypress's automotive business unit. "The ECK100 Evaluation Camera Kit gives innovative automotive designers all the tools they need to quickly and efficiently implement safety system demonstrations that take full advantage of our combination of adaptable wide dynamic range and high sensitivity."

About Cypress's Automotive Imaging Technology
Cypress offers a VGA 1/3-inch monochrome CMOS imager. Internal 12-bit image correction, exposure control and post-processing ensure data integrity. The technology produces a quality image over a temperature range of -40 C to 85 C, a feature unmatched by other automotive technology. This flexibility means that system makers can use one technology for a wide range of safety and convenience applications, increasing unit volume and thereby reducing cost while improving supply chain management and time to market.

Pricing and Availability
The ECK100 Evaluation Camera Kit is currently available and is priced from $3,500 to $5,000 depending on options. A photo of the kit is available at

About Cypress
Cypress solutions are at the heart of any system that is built to perform: consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power." Leveraging a strong commitment to customer service and performance-based process and manufacturing expertise, Cypress's product portfolio includes a broad selection of wired and wireless USB devices, CMOS image sensors, timing solutions, network search engines, specialty memories, high-bandwidth synchronous and micropower memory products, optical solutions, and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. Cypress stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CY. More information about the company is available online at"

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