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Cypress's PRoC(TM) (Programmable Radio-on-a-Chip(TM)) Device Selected for Horizon Hobby's High-Performance Remote Control Vehicles

Last Updated: December 07, 2005

Cypress's PRoC(TM) (Programmable Radio-on-a-Chip(TM)) Device Selected for Horizon Hobby's High-Performance Remote Control Vehicles

PRoC provides superior control for Spektrum DX6 RC planes and helicopters at 2.4-GHz band with the industry's best interference immunity

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 7, 2005 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) today announced that Horizon Hobby has selected Cypress's Programmable Radio-on-a-Chip(TM) (PRoC(TM)) device for the Spektrum DX6 system, which is used in radio-controlled planes and helicopters. PRoC's industry-leading interference immunity protects the radio-control (RC) signals for the Spektrum DX6 from being disrupted by other 2.4-GHz signals and from the signals of other RC aircraft.

The PRoC device combines Cypress's WirelessUSB(TM) 2.4-GHz radio-on-a-chip with the company's PSoC(TM) (Programmable System-on-Chip(TM)) mixed-signal array, all in a single, integrated product. WirelessUSB enables designers to significantly improve operating range, power-consumption and latency. Using Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) technology, PRoC provides robust interference immunity and features a range of up to 50 meters and beyond. Systems with WirelessUSB also require a mixed-signal array or microcontroller for control functions and protocol implementations. A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions with a microcontroller, saving customers design time, board space, and power consumption. The combined PRoC solution offers a high-performance, low cost, integrated solution compared with designing in multiple discrete components.

"Cypress's Programmable Radio-on-a-Chip has empowered Spektrum DX6 RC aircraft with the industry's most robust interference immunity and reduced our design cycle from 10 weeks to 8 weeks," said Chris Huhn, category manager of Spektrum for Horizon Hobby.  "Horizon Hobby's RC customers demand precise control of their vehicles; they don't want to be affected by interference, and they want to maximize range of operation. Our PRoC-powered Spektrum DX6 line offers this truly revolutionary level of control to users."

"PRoC's ease of use, interference immunity and robustness enable the driver to feel confident and connected with their aircraft's performance. These features along with PRoC's low cost makes it a natural fit for Horizon Hobby's innovative Spektrum DX6 line," said Deepak Sharma, senior marketing manager for Cypress's Human Interface Device (HID) products. "These same benefits translate to a variety of applications, including consumer electronics, home and industrial automation, and Human Interface Devices."

About Programmable Radio-on-a-Chip (PRoC):
PRoC includes two of the Cypress's most noteworthy technologies - WirelessUSB and PSoC - in one integrated device. It offers access to a general-purpose mixed signal array with four programmable analog and four programmable digital blocks, 8KBytes of Flash program memory storage, 512 Bytes of SRAM data storage, 8 bit Microcontroller, and a powerful Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) 2.4GHz radio system - all integrated in a compact, 48-pin QFN package. It is designed to implement highly-integrated, space-saving, low-cost, wireless systems operating in the worldwide 2.4-GHz ISM band.

About Horizon Hobby
Founded in 1985, Horizon Hobby, Inc. is an international marketer and distributor of radio control (RC) cars, boats, planes and helicopters; model railroad; plastic and die-cast models; and other general hobby products. The company supports its distribution efforts with cutting-edge retailer services and direct-to-consumer marketing through print media and e-commerce. Horizon Hobby is also one of the leading developers of radio control hobby products, which include many of the biggest names in the industry such as Hangar 9 airplanes, HobbyZone entry level RC sports and Team Losi cars and trucks. More information about the company is available online at

About Cypress
Cypress solutions are at the heart of any system that is built to perform: consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power. Leveraging a strong commitment to customer service and performance-based process and manufacturing expertise, Cypress's product portfolio includes a broad selection of wired and wireless USB devices, CMOS image sensors, timing solutions, network search engines, specialty memories, high-bandwidth synchronous and micropower memory products, optical solutions, and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. Cypress stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CY. More information about the company is available online at

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Cypress, PSoC and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. PRoC, Programmable Radio-on-a-Chip, Programmable System-on-Chip and WirelessUSB are trademarks of Cypress.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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