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Cypress University Alliance Announces Winner of the 2007 European Innovator Design Challenge

Last Updated: November 13, 2008

Cypress University Alliance Announces Winner of the 2007 European Innovator Design Challenge

Belarus Team Takes $10,000 First Prize

SAN JOSE, Calif., November 13, 2007 - A team from Belarus State University has claimed the $10,000 first prize in the Cypress University Alliance's 2007 European Innovator Design Challenge. The team, working with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and Neurosyntek Modeling and Manufacturing, Inc., developed a system for communicating with an array biosensor using Cypress's PSoC® mixed-signal array and EZ-USB FX2LP™ USB2.0 microcontroller.

The team's design seeks to overcome the rigid communication structures associated with existing bio-devices through implementation of a next-generation planar silicon extracellular sensor probe with a redundant, dynamically restructuring architecture. Such structures allow unrestricted hybrid neuronal network-integrated circuit systems similar to the structure of the human brain.

"Connecting the biosensors to the versatile, programmable PSoC device improved both the cost and performance of our design-the two most important factors considered by a customer," said Paul Molchanov, leader of the Belarus State University team. "Winning the Cypress University Alliance's 2007 European Innovator Design Challenge is a critical step in the evolution of our design."

"We are very pleased that Cypress selected our design as the winner of this year's design challenge," said Dr.Victor Boksha, President and CEO of Neurosyntek. "The recognition we received from Cypress-the quintessential Silicon Valley company-certainly validates our close collaboration with the team from Belarus State University and is another example of the sophistication being delivered by the science and technology culture of the former USSR. Neurosyntek is very much looking forward to working with Paul, his team and Cypress University Alliance to further this design."

"The winning design in this year's European Innovator Design Challenge was imaginative, diverse and demonstrated a high level of technical competence," said Patrick Kane, director of the Cypress University Alliance.  "The unique application of the design demonstrates the versatility of Cypress's programmable solutions-platforms on which students can learn about real world interfacing and mixed-signal concepts while gaining valuable experience with microcontroller-based systems."

The Cypress Innovator Design Challenge is a multi-discipline engineering design contest open to all undergraduate and graduate engineering students currently enrolled in an accredited university. The contest's goal is to challenge students to stretch their imagination as they develop new and novel ways to utilize Cypress technologies such as the PSoC mixed-signal array. All regional first place winners will receive an interview with Cypress concerning potential internships, co-ops or full-time employment positions.  For more information, visit the Cypress University Alliance program at

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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, image sensors 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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