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Cypress Wins 100th Design For PSoC® CapSense Interface

Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Cypress Wins 100th Design For PSoC® CapSense Interface

Capacitive Sensing Solution Secures Designs In Consumer, Computation, White Goods and Automotive Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 19, 2006 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced that it has been awarded its 100th design win for the CapSense capacitive touch sensing interface, based on the popular PSoC® (Programmable System-on-Chip™) architecture. A single CapSense device can replace dozens of mechanical switches and controls with simple, touch-sensitive controls. CapSense-based "button" and slider controls are more reliable than their mechanical counterparts because they are not prone to the environmental wear-and-tear that affects exposed buttons and switches.

The 100 design wins have been achieved since Cypress introduced the CapSense solution in May 2005. CapSense designs have been secured across the globe in a variety of applications, including:

· Consumer segment - mobile handsets, portable media players, digital still cameras, personal GPS units, cordless phones, set-top boxes, and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB)
· Computation segment - notebook computers, peripheral devices and monitors
· White goods segment - microwave and conventional ovens, cook-tops, washing machines and air cleaners
· Automotive segment - front dashboard control

"CapSense is a high impact solution for our customers," said George Saul, vice president of Cypress's PSoC Business Unit. "Our customers report faster design cycles with fewer components, more flexibility, and market-differentiating styling options, all for an economical price."

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 touch 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.

Cypress's CapSense solution offers system designers numerous advantages over capacitive touch 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 touch sensing. The PSoC CapSense solution also delivers benefits such as easy serial communications using either I2C or SPI interfaces, the ability to implement both trackpad (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 far greater than 100 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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