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Cypress's PSoC® 3 and PSoC 5 Architectures Named Finalist for Design News Magazine's Golden Mousetrap Awards | Cypress Semiconductor

Cypress's PSoC® 3 and PSoC 5 Architectures Named Finalist for Design News Magazine's Golden Mousetrap Awards

Last Updated: May 10, 2011

New Programmable System-on-Chip Devices Powered by PSoC Creator™ IDE
Provide Revolutionary Embedded Design Platform

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 4, 2010 – Design News magazine has named the PSoC® 3 and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip architectures from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) as finalists for this year’s Golden Mousetrap Awards. The new PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 architectures dramatically increase performance and extend the world’s only programmable analog and digital embedded design platform, delivering unmatched integration and flexibility across 8-, 16-, and 32-bit applications. The platform is powered by the revolutionary PSoC Creator™ Integrated Development Environment, which enables engineers to design the way they think and dramatically shorten time-to-market. The editors of Design News selected the Cypress platform from hundreds of nominations.

For more than two decades, the Design News Awards Program has recognized engineering innovation and creativity in product design. The Golden Mousetraps are awarded in four major categories: Electronics, Motion Control/Automation, Hardware/Software, Materials/Fastening/Joining/Assembly, and 20 subcategories. The magazine’s editors gathered a record number of entries and, based on their expertise in each technology area, painstakingly selected the finalists. More information on the awards and the full list of finalists is available at The Design News write-up of the PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 architectures can be found at

PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 offer high-precision programmable analog including 12- to 20-bit ADCs, digital logic libraries full of dozens of drop-in peripherals, best-in-class power management and rich connectivity resources. The PSoC Creator IDE introduces a unique schematic-based design methodology along with fully tested, pre-packaged analog and digital peripherals easily customizable through user-intuitive wizards and APIs to meet specific design requirements. More information on the PSoC platform is available at, and free downloads of PSoC Creator are available at

“We are pleased to have the editors at Design News select the PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 architectures as finalists for a Golden Mousetrap Award,” said Gahan Richardson, vice president of Cypress’s PSoC products. “These new PSoC devices, in tandem with the PSoC Creator IDE, offer a revolutionary embedded design platform for our customers to quickly and efficiently develop highly differentiated products in new and emerging applications.”

"Design News congratulates the finalists of the 2010 Golden Mousetrap Awards for the great work they've done to develop new and innovative products for design engineers,” said Jennifer Roy, managing editor at Design News. “These products, as always, showcase the highly imaginative ways that today's engineers are ‘building a better mousetrap,’ and we thank them for their contributions."

About PSoC 3 and PSoC 5
The new PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 architectures include high-precision programmable analog capability (up to 20-bit resolution for an Analog to Digital Converter) and expanded programmable digital resources integrated with powerful, industry-standard MCU cores and ample memory and communications peripherals. The PSoC 3 devices are based on a new, high-performance 8-bit 8051 processor, while the PSoC 5 devices include a powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex™-M3 processor. The new products provide designers with a seamless, programmable design platform, enabling easy migration from 8 to 32 bits. The robust features of these new solutions dramatically expand the applications and markets that PSoC can address, including automotive, portable medical, industrial and many more. More information about PSoC products is available at and free online training is at

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 flagship PSoC® programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives such as PowerPSoC® solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, CapSense® touch sensing and TrueTouch™ solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable timing devices. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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