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Cypress's PSoC® Mixed-Signal Array Selected By SignalONE Safety® For Smoke Detector With Voice Recording Technology

Last Updated: March 06, 2007

Cypress's PSoC® Mixed-Signal Array Selected By SignalONE Safety® For Smoke Detector With Voice Recording Technology

Programmable System-on-Chip™ Solution Controls Multiple Critical Functions
Ranging from Audio Measurement to Sleep-Mode Initiation

SAN JOSE Calif., March 6, 2007 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced that SignalONE Safety®, a pioneer in safety product technology, has chosen the PSoC® mixed-signal array for its award-winning Vocal Smoke Alarm. The flexible, programmable PSoC solution controls critical detector functions such as sensing smoke levels and initiating a series of alarms to wake household members and guide them to safety.

Children faced with an emergency are much more likely to respond to a familiar voice than to a traditional alarm, according to pediatric experts. When it detects smoke, the SignalOne product alternates a siren tone with recorded messages including exit instructions. In a patent-pending feature, the PSoC CY8C24423A device measures voice recording levels to ensure sufficient volume at playback. PSoC also monitors system power and initiates a warning light when the batteries need to be replaced. It prolongs battery life by initiating a sleep mode at regular 30-second intervals.

"SignalONE Safety is committed to delivering innovative products that improve home safety, and the ease-of-use and flexibility of the PSoC solution supported the various dynamic feature requirements of our Vocal Smoke Alarm," said Bruce Black, Chairman and CFO of SignalONE Safety. "PSoC delivered customizable performance, integration, and reduced design time and BOM cost."

"Having SignalONE Safety select Cypress for its Vocal Smoke Alarm speaks volumes about the reliability and flexibility of our PSoC devices," said Scott Harmel, vice president of marketing for Cypress's Consumer and Computation Division. "PSoC's unique architecture is an excellent match for applications that require monitoring and control of multiple, critical functions."

PSoC - Because Change Happens
PSoC devices employ a highly configurable system-on-chip architecture for embedded control design, offering a flash-based equivalent of a field-programmable ASIC without lead-time or NRE penalties. PSoC devices integrate configurable analog and digital circuits, controlled by an on-chip microcontroller, providing both enhanced design revision capability and component count savings. They include up to 32 Kbytes of Flash memory, 2 Kbytes of SRAM, an 8x8 multiplier with 32-bit accumulator, power and sleep monitoring circuits, and hardware I2C communications.

The flexible PSoC resources allow designers to future-proof their products by enabling firmware-based changes during design, validation, production, and in the field. The unique PSoC flexibility shortens design cycle time and allows for late-breaking feature enhancements. All PSoC devices are also dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to morph internal resources on-the-fly, utilizing fewer components to perform a given task.

Easy to use development tools, including one-of-a-kind PSoC Express™ Visual Embedded design tool, let you design at the application level, with no C or assembly coding. With access to dozens of tested and verified device drivers, you can complete your design in hours or days instead of weeks or months. 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.

A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions saving customers design time, board space and power consumption while improving system quality. Customers can save from 5 cents to as much as $10 in system costs. Learn more about PSoC online at"

About SignalONE Safety
SignalONE Safety, an Atlanta, Georgia based Consumer Products Company, combines safety industry expertise, scientific research and the latest innovative technology to create reliable solutions that enhance the environment within the home. SignalONE Safety's team of innovative designers and dedicated engineers pioneered the most advanced development in smoke alarm technology since the device was originally introduced in the 1970's. By creating a product line of Vocal Smoke Alarms based on scientific research, SignalONE Safety now offers a solution to a significant problem - the fact that many people are very likely to sleep through traditional smoke alarms. Through ongoing research and continuous assessment of safety issues facing families today, SignalONE Safety pioneers innovations in safety product technology and offers families unique and effective solutions that help keep loved ones safe. Visit SignalONE Safety online 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 PSoC® Programmable System-on-Chip™, USB controllers, general-purpose programmable clocks and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity solutions ranging from its WirelessUSB™ radio system-on-chip, 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, industrial, and solar power. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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