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LG Selects Cypress's CapSense(TM) Touch-Sensing Solution With Proximity Sensing For LCD Monitors

Last Updated: June 08, 2010

Flexibility of PSoC®-Based Solution Enables Unique Design of Buttons
That Only Appear When a User’s Finger is in Proximity

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 27, 2009 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced that LG Electronics has selected Cypress’s CapSense™ touch-sensing solution to implement the stylish user interface in the new W53 and W54 LCD monitors. Using CapSense proximity-sensing, the monitors feature a clean, black bezel with control buttons that only illuminate when a user’s finger approaches. LG designers leveraged the flexibility of the PSoC® programmable system-on-chip architecture to implement LED animation control, I2C sensitivity control and other functions beyond touch sensing - a capability called CapSense Plus™ - in the W53, W54 and other LCD monitors, as well as in the Scarlet II LCD TV line.

Cypress is the industry touch-sensing leader, with over 3 billion mechanical buttons replaced in mobile handsets, laptops, consumer electronics, white goods, automotive applications and more. LG has selected the CapSense solution for mobile handsets, air cleaners and other products in addition to LCD monitors and televisions.

LG’s W53 and W54 SMART Monitor Series offer top picture quality while greatly reducing eyestrain during extended use. These monitors include an Auto Brightness feature that allows them to automatically optimize their brightness and other picture settings based on the ambient light in the room and the content being viewed. The W53 and W54 monitors are available in sizes from 18.5 to 27 inches.

“CapSense enables compelling touch-sensing interfaces, and the integration of proximity sensing contributes to the unique design of our LCD Monitors,” said JunHo Shin, engineer for Business Solutions R&D at LG. “Equally as important, CapSense delivers well-established quality from the industry leader in touch-sensing technology.”

“Winning an initial design with a leading provider of elegant consumer electronics such as LG points to the innovative touch-sensing interfaces the CapSense solution enables,” said Dhwani Vyas, vice president of the User Interface Business Unit at Cypress. “Having LG select CapSense across multiple product lines is excellent validation of its flexibility, ease-of-use and reliability.”

About CapSense
Cypress's CapSense Touch-Sensing solution has replaced 3 billion mechanical buttons in mobile handsets, laptops, consumer electronics, white goods, automotive applications, and virtually any system that has a mechanical button or switch, making Cypress the industry touch-sensing leader. The CapSense portfolio, the industry's broadest and most integrated, enhances industrial design and reliability with the most noise-immune and water tolerant capacitive touch-sensing interfaces, including proximity sensing where direct touch is not required. CapSense proximity sensing, with its industry leading detection range up to 25 cm, provides power savings by activating an interface only when needed while further enhancing industrial designs by only exposing interfaces when necessary. Based on the PSoC programmable system-on-chip architecture and the PSoC Designer Embedded-System Design Tool, users complete CapSense designs quickly and easily using pre-configured and verified "user modules" and real-time sensor tuning and monitoring. Learn more about CapSense online at

About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications, employing more than 82,000 people working in 114 operations including 82 subsidiaries around the world. With annual worldwide revenues exceeding $40 billion, LG is comprised of five business units - Home Entertainment, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning, Business Solutions and Mobile Communications. LG is the world’s leading producer of mobile handsets, flat panel TVs, air conditioners, front-loading washing machines, optical storage products, DVD players and home theater systems. For more information, please 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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