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Cypress University Alliance Announces Winners Of The 2007 North America Innovator Design Challenge

Last Updated: September 26, 2007

Cypress University Alliance Announces Winners Of The 2007 North America Innovator Design Challenge

Auburn University Team Takes $10,000 First Prize

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 26, 2007 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), today announced that a team of students from Auburn University's wireless engineering program took first place and $10,000 in the Cypress University Alliance's 2007 Innovator Design Challenge for North America. The team developed a wireless system for scoring fencing matches using Cypress's PRoC™ LP programmable radio-on-a-chip technology. The university's wireless engineering program was also awarded $10,000.

PRoC LP integrates Cypress's PSoC® mixed signal array technology with Cypress's robust WirelessUSB™ 2.4-GHz transceiver, offering an unparalleled feature set including superior interference immunity and low power consumption.

"Winning the Cypress Innovator Design Challenge is quite an honor and clearly validates the team's hard work, imagination and technical ability," said Dr. Victor Nelson, professor and assistant head of the department of electrical and computer engineering at Auburn University and advisor to the winning team. "The PRoC device is an excellent platform for an undergraduate capstone project because its configurability and ease of use enables it to be adapted to almost any situation."

"We are thrilled to win this year's Cypress Innovator Design Challenge," said Kevin Harwood, a member of the winning team from Auburn University's wireless engineering program.  "By using PSoC in our scoring system, the team gained a lot of valuable experience in analog and digital programmability."

Second place and $2,500 was awarded to Jeffrey Snyder from Columbia University for the MEAPBook, a new electronic musical instrument utilizing Cypress's PSoC CapSense™ technology. John Sartori from the University of North Dakota took third place and $1,000 for his USB Super Bridge utilizing Cypress's WirelessUSB technology.

"The PSoC device really helped make the whole project possible," said Jeffrey Snyder of Columbia University.  "The level of integration on a single chip helped keep the part count extremely low and the instrument especially sleek."

"The winning designs in this year's Cypress Innovator Design Challenge were imaginative, diverse and demonstrated a high level of technical competence," said Patrick Kane, director of the Cypress University Alliance.  "The unique application of each 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."

Cypress will analyze designs created for the competition that show promise for commercial use, and may provide seed funding.  All regional first place winners will receive an interview with Cypress concerning potential internships, co-ops or full-time employment positions. The six regions represented in this competition are North America; Europe and the Middle East; China; Japan and Korea; India; and Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.

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. For more information, visit the Cypress University Alliance program at

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