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Cypress MicroSystems' PSoC(TM) Devices Used Aboard First Private Manned Space Flight

Last Updated: July 13, 2004

Configurable Mixed-Signal Device Critical in Achieving Price/Integration Design Goals

Cypress PR

LYNNWOOD, Wash., July 13, 2004 - Cypress MicroSystems Inc., a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), today announced that its Programmable System-on-Chip(TM)(PSoC(TM)) device is embedded into the Dynon Avionics' EFIS-D10 Electronic Flight Information System that was used aboard the first private manned space flight.  Serving as a backup flight information system on SpaceShipOne, launched on June 21, 2004 over the Mojave Desert in California, the EFIS-D10 integrates ten aviation instruments in one solid-state package to monitor critical functions such as airspeed, altitude, pitch, roll and yaw.

Nick Bogner, lead project engineer at Dynon Avionics (Woodinville, WA) was impressed with PSoC's features from the start of the development cycle. "It became clear that PSoC would not only help us achieve the price-integration goals we were seeking, but the analog and digital components would allow us to provide maximum functionality with all of the features needed in this critical flight control system," Bogner said. Dynon Avionics used four highly integrated PSoC devices in its EFIS-D10 design, greatly reducing component count and overall system cost. PSoC's high-quality programmable analog functions extend the application reach of the EFIS-D10 to include monitor of magnetic field sensors, electrical gyros, accelerometers, pressure transducers and thermometers.

"Cypress MicroSystems is pleased to be a key supplier to the EFIS-D10 system that was aboard the first private manned space flight," said George Saul, President & CEO of Cypress MicroSystems. "Dynon Avionics pledges to provide its customers with innovative hi-tech products at reasonable prices, which is why they selected PSoC. PSoC's mixed signal integration reduced the overall system bill of materials and improved system quality and reliability that are so critical to one of the most important instruments that pilots use.  PSoC also shortened the development time of the EFIS-D10 and provides a re-programmable platform on which Dynon can make easy changes for its next design."

About the PSoC Family
A true system-on-a-chip, PSoC devices are configurable mixed signal arrays that integrate the microcontroller and related peripheral circuits typically found in an embedded design. Employing easy to use development tools, designers select configurable, pre-characterized 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.   PSoC analog performance is instrumentation-quality - including rail-to-rail inputs, programmable gain, 14-bit ADCs and exceptionally low noise and input leakage and voltage offset.

In addition to these configurable analog and digital blocks, PSoC devices include a fast 8-bit microcontroller, up to 32KB of Flash memory, 2KB of SRAM, an 8x8 multiplier with 32-bit accumulator, power and sleep monitoring circuits, a precision real time clock and hardware I2C communications.

All PSoC devices are dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to create new system functions on-the-fly. Re-configuring the same silicon for different functions on subsequent clock cycles, designers can achieve more than 120 percent utilization of the die in many cases. In the automotive PSoC LIN bus reference design, the same transistors are re-configured 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.

Software and Support
The software development environment, PSoC Designer 4.1 is a full-featured, GUI-based design tool suite that enables the user to configure their design in silicon with simple point and click options; code the MCU in either C or assembly language; and debug the design using sophisticated features such as event triggers and multiple break points while single-stepping through the code in C or assembly or a mix of the two.

The CY3205-DK Professional Class Development Kit includes a full-speed in-circuit emulator with a large trace buffer, which seamlessly integrates with PSoC Designer 4.1." The development kit includes everything necessary to complete a design with the PSoC family of ICs.   The kits also contain all materials for the first four "Tele-training" classes offered on line by Cypress. The tools are designed to keep the cost of development to a minimum while providing all the features found in tools that cost $2,000 or more. The CY3205-DK is priced at $398.

About Cypress MicroSystems
Headquartered in Lynnwood, Wash., Cypress MicroSystems develops and markets Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC) devices - high-performance, field-programmable mixed signal integration products for high-volume embedded control functions in consumer, industrial, office automation, telecom and automotive applications." Established as a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY), Cypress MicroSystems' stockholders are its employees and Cypress Semiconductor. The close association with Cypress Semiconductor allows access to their process and design technology, and field sales and applications forces. More information about Cypress MicroSystems and its products-as well as access to over 150 PSoC applications notes-is available online at

About Cypress
Cypress Semiconductor Corp." (NYSE: CY) is Connecting From Last Mile to First Mile(TM) with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch and core communications-system applications. Cypress Connects(TM) using wireless, wireline, digital and optical transmission standards, including USB, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet and DWDM. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, timing technology solutions and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. More information about Cypress is accessible online at

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