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Cypress's T.J. Rodgers Named to Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame

Last Updated: August 21, 2009

SAN JOSE, Calif., November 11, 2004 - Dr. T.J. Rodgers, the founder, president and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), has been named to the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame.  Rodgers and four other industry pioneers will be formally inducted next February at an event hosted by the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC), an umbrella organization of more than 40 professional societies representing 60,000 engineers, scientists and technologists in the region.

The announcement of this year's inductees was made yesterday evening at SVEC's annual open house event, held at the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade association headquarters in San Jose.  Other inductees include Dr. Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse; Mr. Kenneth Levy, chairman of KLA-Tencor Corp.; Dr. Dan Maydan, president emeritus of Applied Materials, Inc.; and Dr. David Patterson, professor of computer science at U.C. Berkeley.

  "T.J. Rodgers single-handedly developed VMOS technology as a student and has been a particularly articulate advocate of Silicon Valley's entrepreneurial economy who still keeps technically current, despite his position," said Dr. Sam David Haddad, a consulting professor of engineering at Stanford University and chairman of the SVEC Hall of Fame and Awards Committee.  "It is fitting that he should be elected by the SVEC board to join this elite group of industry pioneers."

T.J. Rodgers graduated from Dartmouth College with undergraduate degrees in chemistry and physics in 1970.  He later earned his masters and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he invented and patented VMOS technology.  Rodgers established Cypress in 1982 as a supplier of memory and logic chips.  Since then the company's technology portfolio has vastly expanded under his leadership to include a wide array of silicon-based technologies for consumer, computing and mobile devices; data and wireless networks; and energy and automotive applications.  Cypress also has established four subsidiary businesses which are developing MRAMs, solar cells, programmable mixed signal arrays and optical devices, respectively.  In addition to running Cypress, Rodgers has become a voice for capitalism and free markets over the years, speaking on such topics as the elimination of corporate subsidies, the preservation of stock options and outsourcing.  He is also an ardent supporter of local philanthropies, including the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, for which his company has won the Corporate Food Bowl Challenge over each of the past twelve years.

Since 1990, the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of Fame has been recognizing the accomplishments of engineers in Silicon Valley who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to the community.  The 48 inductees that have been named to the Hall of Fame make up a "Who's-Who" of technology industry pioneers, including HP founders William Hewlett and David Packard; Intel Corp. founders Robert N. Noyce and Gordon E. Moore; and Apple Computer founder Steve Wozniak.


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About SVEC

Founded in 1989, the Silicon Valley Engineering Council is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to coordinating activities and assisting communications among engineering societies throughout Silicon Valley.  Through its efforts, the SVEC sponsors educational activities and promotes the career development of engineers and other technical professionals and serves to increase the public's understanding of the impact of engineering and science in enhancing the quality of life.

About Cypress

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) is Connecting from Last Mile to First Mile(TM) with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch, and core communications-system applications." Cypress Connects(TM) using wireless, wireline, digital, and optical transmission standards, including USB, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and DWDM. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers, and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, timing technology solutions, and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. More information about Cypress is accessible online at

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