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Cypress Introduces WirelessUSB(TM) Manufacturing Test Kit

Last Updated: May 16, 2005

Cypress Introduces WirelessUSB(TM) Manufacturing Test Kit

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 16, 2005 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced the availability of its WirelessUSB(TM) Manufacturing Test Kit (MTK), an automated platform that enables customers to quickly test their WirelessUSB-enabled products without the need for expensive RF test equipment.

Cypress's new MTK (CY3631) is an automated RF test platform that enables developers of WirelessUSB-based devices to test their products in a manufacturing environment. The MTK integrates into the RF test flow during board- and system-level manufacturing, providing a convenient, cost-effective method for early detection of assembly-level failures, including missing components, bad solder joints and pin-to-pin shorts. The MTK simulates a limit-of-operation condition using a shielded test texture and enclosure. The kit includes a test fixture; a variety of cables and adaptors; six fixed, 50 Ohm attenuators; an SMA 2.4 GHz antenna; a power supply; and a CD-ROM with firmware and documentation.

"Cypress's WirelessUSB test kit takes a lot of the headaches out of RF fabrication," said Deepak Sharma, senior product marketing manager in Cypress's Computation and Consumer Division. "It allows our customers to quickly catch most of the problems that crop up when manufacturing RF devices. The MTK is faster to use than other RF testing techniques, so it increases productivity and reduces operating expenses in addition to improving product reliability. The wireless MTK is an industry first and underscores our commitment to provide solutions and not just products."

WirelessUSB, which is based on a patent-pending, frequency-agile, Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) data transmission technique, offers a unique combination of robust performance, low power, low latency and immunity to interference from sources such as cordless phones and Wi-Fi devices. With a transmission range of up to 10 meters, it can be deployed as a point-to-point or multipoint-to-point solution. Operating in the 2.4 GHz global ISM band, WirelessUSB technology allows customers to deploy their solutions worldwide, regardless of regional frequency requirements. WirelessUSB technology provides designers with a highly flexible architecture that decreases development time, component count and overall system costs.

Price and Availability
The CY3631 WirelessUSB Manufacturing Test Kit is available now to Beta customers with full availability expected later this quarter. The Kit is priced at $895 in single-lot quantities. For a high-resolution photo of the CY3631 MTK, please go to"

About WirelessUSB
WirelessUSB, offered by both Cypress and its second-source partner, Atmel Corp. (NASDAQ: ATML), delivers the best combination of performance and cost versus competing wireless technologies. Featuring a highly integrated radio transceiver plus digital baseband on a single chip, WirelessUSB enables designers to significantly decrease development time, component count and system cost while improving operating range, power-consumption and latency.   The DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum)-based technology is robust to interference and has claimed 88 design wins to date.

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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