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Cypress’s EZ-USB® FX3™ Controller Powers Industry’s First USB 3.0 Oscilloscopes from Pico Technology | Cypress Semiconductor

Cypress’s EZ-USB® FX3™ Controller Powers Industry’s First USB 3.0 Oscilloscopes from Pico Technology

Last Updated: April 17, 2013

EZ-USB FX3 Enables Up to 250 MHz Analog Bandwidth and 1 GS/s Real-time Sampling

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 17, 2013 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced that Pico Technology’s PicoScope 3207A and 3207B, the world’s first USB 3.0 oscilloscopes, employ Cypress’s EZ-USB® FX3™ USB 3.0 controller. The two-channel USB oscilloscopes  have 250 MHz bandwidth, 1 GS/s sampling rate, 512 MS buffer memory and a built-in function generator and arbitrary waveform generator. The scopes obtain power from the USB port, so they don’t need an external power adaptor.

“USB 3.0 ports are appearing on most new computers and laptops,” said Alan Tong, Pico Technology’s Managing Director, “so buyers of USB oscilloscopes will expect to benefit from the higher data transfer rate. With the new USB 3.0 PicoScopes, large data captures and streaming of large data sets are now much faster. Cypress’s FX3 controller enabled us to deliver these scopes to market quickly and cost-effectively.”

Cypress’s EZ-USB FX3 is the industry’s only programmable USB 3.0 peripheral controller. Its on-chip ARM9 CPU core with 512 KB RAM delivers 200 MIPS of computational power. FX3 is equipped with a fully configurable General Programmable Interface (GPIF™II), which can be programmed in 8-, 16-, and 32-bit configurations. GPIF II enables FX3 to communicate directly to any processor, FPGAs, and image sensors and provides a data transfer rate at up to 400 Megabytes per second. More information on Cypress’s EZ-USB FX3 controller is available at

“We’re pleased to enable another first for USB 3.0 with the new PicoScopes,” said Mark Fu, Senior Marketing Director for the USB 3.0 Business Unit at Cypress. “FX3 is rapidly becoming the de facto USB 3.0 industry standard due to its performance, flexibility and ease-of-use.”

About Pico Technology
Pico Technology has spent over 20 years leading the industry in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance PC Oscilloscopes and Data Loggers. During that time they have built up an impressive portfolio of products including the PicoScope PC Oscilloscope range with bandwidths up to 12 GHz, resolutions up to 16 bits and mixed-signal models; the TC-08 and PT 104 Temperature Data Loggers; and the multi-award-winning Automotive Oscilloscope Kit.

Pico Technology prides itself on offering innovative, high-quality and affordable alternatives to traditional bench-top test and measurement equipment, designed and built under the ISO9001:2008 quality system. They support a network of distributors in over 60 countries worldwide who are helping to build and maintain their enviable reputation in the industry.
More information on Pico Technology can be found 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® 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4, and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense® touch sensing, TrueTouch® touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories. Cypress serves numerous major 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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Cypress, the Cypress logo, EZ-USB, PSoC, CapSense and TrueTouch are registered trademarks and FX3 and GPIF are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. Pico Technology and PicoScope are internationally registered trademarks of Pico Technology.  Pico Technology is registered at the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office. All other trademarks are property of their owners.