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Cypress To Present PSoC® CapSense World Tour 2006 Seminar Series

Last Updated: February 07, 2006

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

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SAN JOSE, Calif., February 7, 2006 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp." (NYSE: CY) today announced that its worldwide seminar series for designers interested in learning how to implement capacitive sensing interfaces will be presented in over 55 cities in Europe and North America starting in March. The free, half-day 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 sensing.  Attendees will then participate in a hands-on lab session where engineers can design a capacitive touch sense interface using Cypress's CapSense Development Kit, which the attendees are encouraged to keep, free of charge, after the seminar.

The "PSoC CapSense World Tour 2006" seminar series will be presented in conjunction with Cypress's distribution partners in over 55 cities in Europe and North America. More information about the seminars is available at

"Dozens of companies have selected the PSoC CapSense solution to implement capacitive sensing interfaces in systems such as handsets, MP3 players, microwave ovens, air cleaners, LCD monitors, notebook computers and many more," said George Saul, vice president of Cypress's PSoC Business Unit." "This seminar series shows designers how to take their interface to the next level with an inexpensive, yet stylish, simple and flexible capacitive sensing solution."

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 sensing 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 sensing products built around modules and sub-assemblies, including reduced board space and lower cost. PSoC's unique, flexible architecture allows designers to integrate multiple functions in addition to capacitive sensing (such as LED drivers and LCD displays). 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
"The PSoC product has become a reusable architectural solution for our customers," continued Saul.  "It is a uniquely practical product with a flexible, reconfigurable architecture which provides customers the ability to make quick design changes and integrate dozens of peripheral function ICs into a single PSoC device."

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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