June 19, 2008

New Cypress PSoC(R) Programmer 3.0 Offers Easy-to-Use, Customizable Interface and Faster Programming Times

Cypress Semiconductor (NYSE:CY) today introduced new programming software for the PSoC(R) programmable system-on-chip family. The new PSoC Programmer 3.0 now offers a customizable user interface, allowing designers to select the features they wish to use and hide those that they don't. Cypress has also streamlined the interface to enable an easier, more intuitive user experience.

PSoC Programmer can be used as an integrated programmer with Cypress's PSoC Designer(TM) integrated development environment (IDE), or as a standalone programming application. It supports all PSoC device families.

PSoC Programmer 3.0 also includes rapid prototype device programming through configurable verifications procedures. In addition, it automatically identifies the target PSoC device and configures itself to program that device, without the user having to select the device from a menu. Users can download PSoC Programmer 3.0 free of charge at www.cypress.com/psocprogrammer.

"We actively sought PSoC customers to identify the features and functionality that would make the PSoC Programmer tool better," said Jon Pearson, Marketing Director for PSoC Development Tools. "PSoC Programmer 3.0 is the result of that feedback, and we believe it will add value to the PSoC design experience."

PSoC -- Because Change Happens

PSoC devices employ a highly configurable system-on-chip architecture for embedded control design, offering a flash-based equivalent of a field-programmable ASIC without lead-time or NRE penalties. PSoC devices integrate configurable analog and digital circuits, controlled by an on-chip microcontroller, providing both enhanced design revision capability and component count savings. They include up to 32 Kbytes of Flash memory, 2 Kbytes of SRAM, an 8x8 multiplier with 32-bit accumulator, power and sleep monitoring circuits, and hardware I2C communications.

The flexible PSoC resources allow designers to future-proof their products by enabling firmware-based changes during design, validation, production, and in the field. The unique PSoC flexibility shortens design cycle time and allows for late-breaking feature enhancements. All PSoC devices are also dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to morph internal resources on-the-fly, utilizing fewer components to perform a given task.

Easy to use development tools enable designers to select configurable library elements for analog functions such as amplifiers, ADCs, DACs, filters and comparators and digital functions such as timers, counters, PWMs, SPI and UARTs. The PSoC family's analog features include rail-to-rail inputs, programmable gain amplifiers and up to 14-bit ADCs with exceptionally low noise, input leakage and voltage offset.

A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions saving customers design time, board space and power consumption while improving system quality. Customers can save as much as $10 in system costs. Learn more about PSoC products at www.cypress.com/psoc and receive free online training at www.cypress.com/psoctraining.

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(R) Programmable System-on-Chip(TM), USB controllers, general-purpose programmable clocks and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity solutions ranging from its WirelessUSB(TM) radio system-on-chip, to West Bridge(TM) and EZ-USB(R) 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 www.cypress.com.

Cypress, the Cypress logo, PSoC and EZ-USB are registered trademarks, and PSoC Express, PSoC Designer, WirelessUSB and West Bridge are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.