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Cypress Kicks-Off "PSoC® CapSense World Tour 2006" Seminar Series in Asia

Last Updated: January 20, 2006

Cypress Kicks-Off "PSoC® CapSense World Tour 2006" Seminar Series in Asia

Free Hands-on Seminar Shows Designers How to Add Capacitive Touch Interfaces Quickly and Economically; Includes Complimentary CapSense Development Kit

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 20, 2006 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced that it will host a worldwide seminar series for designers interested in learning how to implement capacitive touch interfaces. The free, seminar includes general overviews of Cypress's PSoC® (Programmable System-on-Chip™) mixed-signal array architecture as well as PSoC CapSense, Cypress's highly reliable and easy to implement solution for capacitive touch sensing.  Attendees will then participate in a hands-on lab session where they can design a real-world capacitive touch interface using Cypress's CapSense Development Kit, which the attendees are encouraged to keep, free of charge, after the seminar.

"Dozens of companies have selected the PSoC CapSense solution to implement capacitive touch interfaces in systems such as handsets, white goods, monitors, home automation, laptops and many more," said George Saul, vice president of Cypress's PSoC Business Unit. "This seminar series is an excellent opportunity for designers to quickly and inexpensively learn how to jazz up their next interface design with the premier capacitive touch solution available."

The "PSoC CapSense World Tour 2006" seminar series will begin on Monday, February 20.  The entire list of seminars in Asia appears below:

Osaka, Japan   Feb. 20, 2006
Tokyo, Japan  Feb. 21, 2006
Seoul, Korea  Feb. 22, 2006
Bangalore, India Mar. 10, 2006
Beijing, China  Mar. 13, 2006
Shanghai, China  Mar. 14, 2006
Shenzen, China  Mar. 15, 2006
Taipei, Taiwan  Mar. 17, 2006

Dates and locations for CapSense seminars in Europe and North America will be announced later. Readers can find more information and register for the seminars at

About CapSense
Capacitive sensing is fast becoming the solution of choice for front-panel display and media control applications." Increased durability, decreased bill of materials (BOM) and a clean, minimalist appearance make this elegant interface attractive to a wide range of designs. With Cypress's CapSense capacitive touch sensor interface, a finger on the interface forms an electrical connection with embedded sensors, which work with the PSoC device to translate data about the finger's position into various system control functions. A single PSoC device can replace dozens of mechanical switches and controls with simple, touch-sensitive controls.

Cypress's CapSense solution offers system designers numerous advantages over capacitive touch sensor products built around modules and sub-assemblies, including increased flexibility, reduced board space and lower cost. Because of the unique PSoC architecture, designers can easily integrate multiple functions (e.g., LED drivers and LCD displays), in addition to touch sensing. The PSoC CapSense solution also delivers benefits such as easy serial communications using either I2C or SPI interfaces, the ability to implement both trackpad (x-y matrix) and linear slider applications with the same device, and the ability to make quick design changes using the flash-based PSoC architecture.

About the PSoC Family
PSoC devices are configurable mixed signal arrays that integrate a fast 8-bit microcontroller with many peripheral functions typically found in an embedded design. PSoC devices provide the advantages of an ASIC without the ASIC NRE or turn-around time. A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions with a microcontroller, saving customers design time, board space and power consumption. Customers can save from 5 cents to as much as $10 in system costs. Easy to use development tools enable designers to select configurable library elements to provide analog functions such as amplifiers, ADCs, DACs, filters and comparators and digital functions such as timers, counters, PWMs, SPI and UARTs.  The PSoC family's analog features include rail-to-rail inputs, programmable gain amplifiers and up to 14-bit ADCs with exceptionally low noise, input leakage and voltage offset.  PSoC devices include up to 32KB of Flash memory, 2KB of SRAM, an 8x8 multiplier with 32-bit accumulator, power and sleep monitoring circuits, and hardware I2C communications. 

All PSoC devices are dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to create new system functions on-the-fly. Designers can achieve more than 120 percent utilization of the die in many cases, by reconfiguring the same silicon for different functions at different times. In the automotive PSoC LIN bus reference design, the same digital blocks are reconfigured four times to support the different LIN communication modes; in doing so, these blocks consume less than 10 percent of PSoC hardware resources and less than 10 percent of the PSoC MCU cycles.

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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