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Dainippon Screen Acquires Cypress's Silicon Light Machines Subsidiary

Last Updated: March 09, 2010

Cypress to Integrate SLM's Ovation Laser Navigation Sensor Business Into Its Consumer and Computation Division

SAN JOSE, Calif., and KYOTO, Japan,  July 1, 2008 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) and Dainippon Screen Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (DNS) of Kyoto, Japan (7735: Tokyo Stock Exchange) today announced that DNS has acquired Silicon Light Machines (SLM), a Cypress subsidiary.

The acquisition will make Silicon Light Machines a wholly owned subsidiary of DNS. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

DNS is Silicon Light Machines' largest Grating Light Valve™ (GLV™) customer. GLV technology, SLM's flagship product, consists of a series of microscopic ribbons suspended above a silicon substrate that can be precisely tuned to diffract laser light in different ways. The Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) solution is ideal for computer-to-plate (CTP) commercial printing and other imaging applications.

Acquired by Cypress in August 2000, SLM also developed a high-performance laser optical navigation sensor technology marketed under the name OvationONS™, which has become popular in high-end gaming, and other markets. The OvationONS product line is being integrated into Cypress's core business.

"This transaction reflects our desire to divest businesses that are not optimally aligned with our mission to become a global programmable solutions leader," said Cypress's President and CEO, T.J. Rodgers. "The divestiture of SLM's GLV business-the seventh such transaction in two years-will bring greater focus to our core business, while the integration of SLM's optical laser navigation technology will enable us to expand our suite of programmable solutions serving the keyboard/mouse market."

Masanari Tsuda, senior managing director and chief technology officer at DNS said SLM's technology will play an important role in the company's growing business. "Silicon Light Machines' GLV technology has been an enabler for our leadership position in thermal CTP printing applications. Now that it is part of DNS, we will be looking to this group to produce products that will enable us to expand our imaging technology into other markets."

Hal Zarem, CEO of SLM said, "SLM will transition from being a subsidiary of its main wafer supplier to becoming a subsidiary of its main customer. I'm pleased to be joining a forward-looking organization that is as committed to developing new products for new markets as Cypress has been."

Zarem added, "SLM will continue to serve its existing customers and grow its business as an independent company under a new corporate umbrella."

About Dainippon Screen Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Dainippon Screen is a Top-10 supplier of semiconductor equipment, specializing in wafer cleaning systems. Screen was established in 1943 and has expanded its operations based on core technologies developed over the years. These technologies include image processing, transfer and exposure. Using these core technologies, it is developing its business in the following areas. The semiconductor, flat panel display (FPD) and printed circuit board (PCB) production equipment businesses that form the core of information technology (IT) societies. The media technology business, which offers prepress equipment and print on-demand equipment. These businesses are contributing to the creation of an information-based society by expanding modes of communication. Visit Dainippon Screen online at

About Silicon Light Machines
Founded in 1994, Silicon Light Machines (SLM) makes tiny silicon machines for handling light." SLM's patented Grating Light Valve (GLV) technology is used to build optical microelectromechanical systems, on silicon wafers. The company's products are used in high-end displays, commercial printing and other imaging applications. For more information about SLM, visit on the Internet.

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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