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Cypress's LUPA-300 Image Sensor Earns 2005 Product Of The Year Honors From analogZONE

Last Updated: February 23, 2006

Cypress's LUPA-300 Image Sensor Earns 2005 Product Of The Year Honors From analogZONE

High-speed VGA CMOS Imager Delivers High-End Performance
To Machine Vision and Motion Analysis Applications

San Jose, Calif., February 23, 2006 -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) today announced that its LUPA-300 VGA resolution image sensor earned recognition as a 2005 "Product of the Year" by analogZONE. The product, with technology roots growing out of Cypress's acquisition of FillFactory in August of 2004, was selected from hundreds of products reviewed by analogZone's editors for "Best Use of Acquired Technology." The online publication analogZONE offers news, technical notes and commentary in the fields of power management, audio/video, acquisition, connectivity, networking, wireless applications and green engineering.

Developed for machine vision and motion analysis applications, the LUPA-300 features a high frame rate and a fully synchronous snapshot shutter, making it possible to read one image while the next is being acquired and to capture moving objects without distortion. A multiple windowing feature enables the user to read out only regions of interest in the image, increasing the effective frame rate. The imager also features a multiple slope capability to capture scenes with a high contrast ratio without saturating bright areas while maintaining good contrast in shadowed regions.

"The LUPA-300 delivers high-speed VGA resolution image acquisition at a low-cost for machine vision and motion analysis applications," said Lou Hermans, senior marketing director in Cypress's Memory and Imaging Division. "Cypress is pleased that the editors at analogZONE have recognized its high level of performance."

Editor-in-Chief of analogZONE, Paul McGoldrick, said: "For Product of the Year awards we offer our personal opinions as specialists in our fields. Just as every review at analogZONE pulls no punches, every award named reflects a product which we believe will be a significant success."

The low-power LUPA-300 VGA image sensor's pixels have been designed for high sensitivity and low parasitic light sensitivity and feature an active pixel array format of 640 x 480 pixels with 9.9 µm2 pixel size. The intra-scene dynamic range can be increased by using the flexible multiple slope operation mode. Operating at 250 frames-per-second (fps), the LUPA-300 features a 10-bit on-chip analog-to-digital converter (ADC) for digital output and on-chip timing control for easy application development. The image sensor is available in both monochrome with micro lenses and RGB color and was developed at Cypress's Mechelen, Belgium facility.  Typical applications for Cypress's new LUPA-300 image sensor include motion analysis, robotics, tracking, industrial inspection and metrology.

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About Cypress
Cypress solutions are at the heart of any system that is built to perform: consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power. Leveraging a strong commitment to customer service and performance-based process and manufacturing expertise, Cypress's product portfolio includes a broad selection of wired and wireless USB devices, CMOS image sensors, timing solutions, network search engines, specialty memories, high-bandwidth synchronous and micro-power memory products, optical solutions, and re-configurable mixed-signal arrays. Cypress stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CY. More information about the company is available online at

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