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Cypress Introduces Five New CapSense® Design Guides

Last Updated: March 17, 2011

Design Guides Provide Easy-to-Use Resource for Capacitive Touch Designs


San Jose, Calif., March 18, 2011- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY), the market leader in touch-sensing, today announced the release of five new CapSense® Design Guides.  The new guides are complete reference manuals detailing the CapSense technology as well as how to implement it into a variety of end products. The guides give comprehensive information in an easy to find and use format while assisting the designer in eliminating common mistakes related to sensor layout and tackling noisy systems.

The five new Design Guides include a Getting Started Guide which is a must-read for those new to CapSense and interested in detailed discussion on key points such as design consideration, PCB layout guidelines and best practices. The four product design guides focus on each CapSense controller family, streamlining the design process for the CY8C20x34, CY8C20xx6A, CY8C21x34, and CY8CMBR2044 families. Each family design guide includes links to the entire design ecosystem including data sheets, application notes, software tools, development kits and other materials that help designers create more efficient designs faster. These guides also assist in your design for advanced UI features such as proximity and water proofing. The guides are available for download today at

Cypress is the worldwide leader in capacitive touch-sensing with the industry’s broadest portfolio. Its PSoC®-based CapSense devices offer unmatched flexibility and integration, addressing a broad range of designs from complex, feature-rich applications to simple button replacement. Cypress also offers SmartSense™ Auto-tuning, an automatic tuning solution for the CapSense devices. The typical design method entails tuning the sensor interface in the initial design phase, during system integration and finally production fine-tuning prior to the production ramp. SmartSense Auto-tuning was developed to simplify the user interface development cycle. It is easy to use and significantly reduces the design cycle time by eliminating the tuning process throughout the entire product development cycle from prototype to mass production. SmartSense Auto-tuning is the only complete self tuning solution available in the market.  


“We’re pleased to offer a better user experience for engineers with these Design Guides. Using the guides in conjunction with our SmartSense Solution, engineers now have a complete set of tools to implement next generation designs in CapSense and proximity sensing,” says Dirk Franklin, director of Cypress’s CapSense Business Unit. “The guides will allow customers to locate all the information they need to complete a design in one place. This makes the Cypress solution not only the best in performance, but also in ease of use.”


About CapSense

Cypress's CapSense touch-sensing solution has replaced more than 3.5 billion mechanical buttons in mobile handsets, laptops, consumer electronics, white goods, industrial, medical, automotive applications, and virtually any system that has a mechanical button or switch, making Cypress the industry touch-sensing leader. The CapSense portfolio, the industry's broadest and most integrated, enhances industrial design and reliability with the most noise-immune and water tolerant capacitive touch-sensing interfaces, including proximity sensing where direct touch is not required. CapSense proximity sensing, with its industry-leading detection range up to 25 cm, provides power savings by activating an interface only when needed while further enhancing industrial designs by only exposing interfaces when necessary. Based on the PSoC programmable system-on-chip architecture and the PSoC Designer™ Embedded-System Design Tool, users complete CapSense designs quickly and easily using pre-configured and verified "user modules" and real-time sensor tuning and monitoring. Learn more about CapSense online 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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