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Cypress To Show Lighting Solutions For Color And White Lighting Systems At Light+Building Fair In Frankfurt

Last Updated: April 04, 2008

Hands-on Demo Stations in Hall 4.2, Booth H11 to Include Intelligent Color-Changing,
Tunable White, and Tunable Color Lighting and Programmable Control Gear

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 4, 2008 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced it will be demonstrating its lighting solutions portfolio, including its award winning EZ-Color™ design solution for intelligent LED lighting systems, at the Light+Building trade show in Frankfurt, Germany from April 6 to 11. Cypress will demonstrate solutions for white lighting, intelligent color-changing lighting, tunable white and color lighting, and programmable control gear in hall 4.2, booth H11 of the Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Center.

Additionally, Cypress will show a demonstration board that combines the EZ-Color solution with its PSoC®-based CapSense™ solution for touch sensitive controls, creating a dynamic color selection interface. The demonstration board also features Cypress's proprietary 2.4-GHz wireless technology to remotely control color lighting. The RF technology overcomes limitations of infrared, eliminating line-of-sight requirements and providing over five times the range.

The EZ-Color solution combines LED controllers with PSoC Express™, the industry's first visual embedded design tool, to deliver complete designs for growing applications such as general illumination, architectural lighting, general signage, entertainment lighting and more. The solution enables designers to simply select an LED part number, choose either temperature or optical feedback, and choose a color, including white. For more information, visit"

"We are excited to showcase our growing lighting solutions portfolio at the Light+Building Fair," said Dinesh Ramanathan, executive vice president of the Data Communications Division at Cypress. "We continue to add innovative products to our portfolio of solutions for intelligent LED lighting systems."

About the EZ-Color Solution
LED lighting design requires a complex set of calculations with custom firmware to deliver consistent color. The two biggest problems that LED lighting engineers face are having to account for differing LED performance specifications based on manufacturing bins and the LEDs' degradation (such as output flux, wavelength etc.) over different temperatures. With PSoC Express, designers simply select a color from a gamut presented on-screen. Pre-loaded manufacturers' bin specifications and choice of either temperature or optical feedback algorithms are automatically applied to the selected design and programmed into the EZ-Color Controller. This can save anywhere from weeks to months of design time for a complex design.

EZ-Color LED controllers can support up to 16 LED strings, compared to four or five strings for competitive devices. The additional strings can mean a savings of dozens or even hundreds of controllers in very large designs, cutting design complexity, power consumption and board space. The EZ-Color LED controllers are powered by Cypress patent pending PrISM™ (Precise Illumination Signal Modulation) technology. The PrISM modulation technology significantly reduces low-frequency flicker and radiated electro-magnetic interference (EMI)-common problems in LED lighting designs. Designers also have the flexibility to add additional functionality to the EZ-Color controllers, including battery charging, motor control, thermal feedback, programmable control gear and other features.

The EZ-Color family is supported by the CY3261A-RGB Evaluation Kit. The evaluation kit showcases EZ-Color's flexibility and ease of use for high-brightness LED color mixing applications and employs temperature compensation for consistent color.  Included with the evaluation kit is an interactive graphical interface enabling quick color mixing via a CIE diagram or by directly controlling each LED. The kit is available on the Cypress Online Store at for US$149.

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 PSoC® Programmable System-on-Chip™, USB controllers, general-purpose programmable clocks and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity solutions ranging from its WirelessUSB™ radio system-on-chip, to West Bridge™ and EZ-USB® FX2LP controllers that enhance connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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