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Cypress's CyFi™ Low-Power RF Solution Named to EDN Magazine's Hot 100 Products for 2008

Last Updated: March 09, 2010

Solution Offers Unmatched Interference Immunity, Intelligent Power Management
And Ease-of-Use, along with Flexibility and Integration of PSoC® Technology

SAN JOSE, Calif., January 29, 2009 - EDN magazine has recognized the CyFi™ Low-Power RF solution from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) in the 2008 Hot 100 Products issue. EDN editors sort through thousands of new products and technologies introduced each year to identify items they consider innovative and newsworthy enough to cover in print or online. EDN's annual Hot 100 Products list represents the best of the best products and technologies in 2008 as selected by the editors. The EDN product review of the CyFi solution is available at"

The CyFi Low-Power RF solution delivers the industry's leading combination of reliable connectivity, power-efficiency and superior range, and is supported by the flexible and easy-to-use PSoC® programmable system-on-chip. The solution is optimized for low-power wireless sensor networks in a broad range of applications, including home and building automation, health/fitness equipment, industrial monitoring, and remote controls. More information about the solution is available at

"We are pleased to have the respected EDN editors recognize CyFi Low-Power RF as one of the Hot 100 products of 2008," said Dave Kranzler, vice president and general manager for HID, Timing, and RF products at Cypress." "The ease-of-use of the solution and the reliable, low-power transmissions it delivers have also earned a strong customer design win pipeline."

CyFi Low-Power RF enables designers to quickly and simply implement wireless systems without compromising reliable performance or low-power consumption. The solution contains all of the components needed to build an RF-enabled low power embedded control system: the CyFi protocol stack in PSoC Designer™ embedded design software, the selected PSoC device, and the CyFi transceiver (CYRF7936). With the configurable analog and digital blocks of PSoC and the customizable firmware modules in PSoC Designer, customers can optimize the CyFi solution for their application to minimize space, power, and silicon BOM cost.

About CyFi Low-Power RF
The CyFi solution uses Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) modulation to maximize coding gain and allow the CyFi receiver to recover the signal when faced with interference. The solution intelligently hunts for and selects a clear channel from among 80 narrowband 1 MHz channels to successfully co-exist with other 2.4-GHz communications systems, such as 802.11n WiFi. No other 2.4-GHz solution combines DSSS modulation with this level of frequency agility. The solution is also unique in its ability to dynamically modulate both its output power level and data rate to optimize for robust communication as well as long battery life.

The CyFi protocol stack has the smallest memory footprint of any comparable wireless solution at 5.5K in Flash, leaving room for additional system functionality in the PSoC controller. Designers can use the compact protocol stack to build a complete wireless star-topology network with fewer peripherals and greater functionality. The protocol stack has a network capacity of up to 255 nodes per hub, all with asynchronous, bi-directional communication.

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 technologies ranging from its CyFi™ Low-Power RF solution, 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, and industrial. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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