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T.J. Rodgers, Founder And CEO Of Cypress, To Speak At San Jose State Universitys Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium On November 15 | Cypress Semiconductor

T.J. Rodgers, Founder And CEO Of Cypress, To Speak At San Jose State Universitys Silicon Valley Leaders Symposium On November 15

Last Updated: November 12, 2007

SAN JOSE, Calif., November 12, 2007 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) today announced that its founder and CEO, T.J. Rodgers, will be making a presentation at San Jose State University's Silicon Valley Leadership Symposium discussing solar energy.

The presentation will be held at San Jose State University's Engineering Building Auditorium, Room 189 on Thursday, November 15th at 12:00 p.m. The public is invited. For more information, please visit

Having become the first semiconductor industry CEO to make a bet on solar technology just three years ago, Dr." Rodgers has led Cypress's solar subsidiary, SunPower, through one of the tech industry's most successful IPOs in November 2005, raising $145.6 million. SunPower raised an additional $197.4 million in a secondary offering. Rodgers has also led Cypress's transformation to focus on proprietary, programmable products, a move that helped the company break $1 billion in revenue in 2006.

Rodgers is a former chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and sits on the board of directors of high-technology companies, including Silicon Light Machines (light-switching ICs), Bloom Energy (fuel cells), Provina (advanced, net-based home winemaking) and SunPower Corp.. He is also a member of the board of Dartmouth College, his alma mater. Rodgers was a Sloan scholar at Dartmouth, where he graduated as Salutatorian with a double major in physics and chemistry. He attended Stanford University on a Hertz fellowship, earning a master's degree (1973) and a Ph.D. (1975) in electrical engineering. At Stanford, Rodgers invented, developed, and patented VMOS technology, which he sold for cash and royalties to American Microsystems Inc. (AMI). He managed the MOS memory design group at AMI from 1975 to 1980 before moving to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), where he ran AMD's static RAM product group from 1979-1982.
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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, image sensors 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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