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Cypress's PowerPSoC® Family of Integrated Embedded Power Controllers Wins Design News 2009 Golden Mousetrap Award

Last Updated: September 23, 2009

Market’s First Single-Chip Solution for Controlling and Driving High-Power LEDs Tops “Power Management and Control” Category

SAN JOSE Calif., September 24, 2009 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced Design News magazine has selected Cypress’s PowerPSoC® family of integrated embedded power controllers as a 2009 Golden Mousetrap Award winner for “Power Management and Control.” The solution is the industry’s first single-chip solution for both controlling and driving high-power LEDs. The PowerPSoC family integrates four constant-current regulators and four 32V MOSFETs with Cypress’s PSoC® programmable system-on-chip, which includes programmable analog and digital blocks, a microcontroller, and memory.

This unprecedented level of integration provides customers with a single-chip solution for high-quality LED-based lighting products, and extends into other embedded applications such as white goods and industrial control. The result is end systems with fewer components, faster design cycles, lower power consumption and higher reliability. More information on the PowerPSoC family is available at

For more than two decades, the Design News Awards Program has recognized engineering innovation and creativity in product design. This year, Golden Mousetrap awards were given in four major categories: Electronics, Motion Control/Automation, Hardware/Software, Materials/Fastening/Joining/Assembly, and 20 subcategories. Editors reviewed a record number of entries, and based on their expertise in each technology area, 71 finalists and 23 winners were selected. 

In describing PowerPSoC and its applications, Design News’ Senior Technical Editor Charles Murray wrote that the product: "could dramatically reduce part count and simultaneously simplify the design process by eliminating the need to incorporate a separate power supply.” To read more of the Design News article on the Golden Mousetrap Award for PowerPSoC, visit:

“Winning the prestigious Golden Mousetrap Award is a tribute to the unprecedented integration our designers were able to achieve with the PowerPSoC family,” said Curtis Davis, vice president of Cypress’s PowerPSoC Division. “We’d like to thank Design News for this honor, and our customers for collaborating with us on this breakthrough product.”

About PowerPSoC
The PowerPSoC family integrates up to four independently operated 32V / 1A MOSFETs that offer the ability to drive high power LEDs up to 1A. The devices include up to four programmable hysteretic controllers to provide controlled current output and up to four low-side gate drivers with programmable drive strength to support voltages above 32V with external MOSFETs. Up to 2MHz switching frequency allows use of smaller, less expensive inductors.

The family offers floating load buck, floating load buck-boost, and boost converter topologies that enable flexibility for the different voltage requirements of various applications. An auxiliary power regulator allows a PowerPSoC chip to operate up to 32V from a single power supply. The devices also offer 16-bit dimming for lighting applications that require high-resolution dimming.

The companion software for PowerPSoC, the PSoC Designer™ development tool, enables designers to quickly and efficiently program the controllers for different lighting and power options. It also allows changes late in the design cycle without having to change the circuit board layout. More information about PSoC products and design tools is available at For more information on the PowerPSoC family, visit

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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