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Peggy Fleming to Judge 12/10 Cypress Canned Food Sculpture Contest For Second Harvest Food Bank Corporate Challenge

Last Updated: December 09, 2004

Peggy Fleming to Judge 12/10 Cypress Canned Food Sculpture Contest For Second Harvest Food Bank Corporate Challenge

Cypress to Add 200,000 Pounds of Food to 2004 Donation
In Bid to Win 13th Straight Corporate Title

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 9, 2004 -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) today announced that former Olympic figure skating champion, Peggy Fleming, will serve as a judge of the company's annual canned food sculpture contest, to be held on Friday, December 10th at 2:30 p.m.  The sculpture contest benefits the Second Harvest Food Bank's annual Corporate Food Bowl Challenge, and will be held at Cypress headquarters, 198 Champion Court, San Jose, Calif.

Employees in the contest use a variety of canned and packaged foods to create artistic sculptures in an effort to draw awareness to the food bank's efforts to feed local families during the holidays.  Previous canned food sculptures at Cypress have included a pirate's ship, a dragon, a steam train and the Golden Gate Bridge.  Over the years, the canned food sculptures have evolved from static displays to include performers that help accentuate the sculpture themes.

"Engineers are essentially inventors with a passion to make things," said T.J. Rodgers, president, CEO and founder of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., who tomorrow will present the Second Harvest Food Bank with a second check this year of 200,000 pounds of food.   "The sculpture contest provides them a chance to put their creative abilities to work tackling the problem of hunger in the Bay Area."

About the Contest  
The Second Harvest Food Bank's canned food sculpture contest is being held this week at various companies across the Bay Area.  A silver food bowl trophy is awarded to the corporation that donates the greatest number of pounds of food per employee. Last year, including cash equivalents, Cypress averaged 1,106 pounds of food per employee, bringing the trophy home for a record 12th consecutive year.

Cypress departments such as the Product Line Divisions and Sales & Marketing use their creative and engineering talents to construct unique sculptures using non-perishable foods, while generating vital contributions by using a variety of canned and packaged foods in their structures.  Last year's pirate's ship sculpture was also winner of the Second Harvest Food Bank's Rodin Award.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the main provider of food, information, and supportive services to hungry children, adults and elderly people in both counties. One of the nation's largest community food banks, it serves as a clearinghouse for donated and purchased food through partnerships with nonprofit agencies, the food industry, government, volunteers, corporations and individuals. 

About Peggy Fleming 
Peggy Fleming won the Olympic Gold Medal in the 1968 Winter Games in Grenoble, France. Following the 1968 Olympics, Fleming appeared in a number of television specials, including her Sun Valley Special which won two Emmy awards. Fleming appeared in a special in 1973, which became the first joint production by Soviets and Americans filmed entirely by the USSR. Her television career ranges from appearances in the television shows Diagnosis Murder and Newhart to commercial endorsements.

Fleming has been invited to a number of national events. In 1980, she was the first skater invited to perform at the White House. She also performed during the 1986 unveiling of the restored Statue of Liberty. Fleming was also an honored athlete who carried the Olympic flame into the 2002 Opening Ceremonies in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Fleming is a breast cancer survivor. She has made a number of guest appearances on talk shows to promote breast cancer awareness.  She currently lives in San Francisco and is happily married with two sons and a grandson. 

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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