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Cypress Unveils PSoC® CapSense Website

Last Updated: June 01, 2006 Offers Abundant Resources
For Implementing Capacitive Sensing Solutions

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 1, 2006 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) has launched a new website for its CapSense capacitive sensing solutions based on the popular Programmable System-on-Chip™ (PSoC®) mixed-signal array. The new site offers detailed information about the PSoC products that support the CapSense solution, design tools and demonstration kits. It also provides a plethora of design support materials, such as downloadable software, application notes, technical articles, example projects, and seminar and training dates.  The CapSense website can be viewed at

PSoC CapSense replaces mechanical buttons, switches, sliders, and proximity detectors in systems from cell phones and cars to notebooks, PCs, white goods and industrial applications." A single chip can enable reliable CapSense-based interfaces with a smart appearance and robust operation while resulting in fast time to market as well as BOM and cost reduction.

"Cypress's PSoC CapSense website is an ideal resource for a designer looking to upgrade the interface for almost any product with a sleek, sturdy capacitive touch sensing solution," said Steve Gerber, marketing director of Cypress's PSoC Business Unit. "Consumer demand for products with capacitive sensing interfaces is growing tremendously and this website can help put designers on the fast track to getting their differentiated products to market."

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 sensor 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 in capacitive sensor products built around modules and sub-assemblies, including increased flexibility, reduced board space and lower cost. Because of the unique PSoC architecture, designers can easily integrate multiple functions (e.g., LED drivers and LCD displays), in addition to capacitive sensing. The PSoC CapSense solution also delivers benefits such as easy serial communications using either I2C, SPI, or USB interfaces, the ability to implement both touchpad (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
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.

About Cypress
Cypress solutions perform: consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar. Leveraging proprietary silicon processes, Cypress's product portfolio includes a broad selection of wired and wireless USB devices, CMOS image sensors, timing solutions, specialty memories, high-bandwidth synchronous and micropower memory products, optical solutions and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit us at

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