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New Cypress Interactive Video Demonstrates How to Use a PSoC(R) Programmable System-on-Chip As an FPGA Companion Chip

October 20, 2008

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) and the Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), announce the launch of a new online design demonstration – “PSoC the Mixed Signal FPGA Companion Chip.” The video shows designers how to use a Cypress PSoC(R) Programmable System-on-Chip in cost-effective companion chip applications with a Xilinx FPGA. The 30-minute video is available on demand and free of charge at www.cypress.com/go/PR/PSoCFPGAwebinar.

The new video gives a brief overview of the flexibility and integration of the mixed-signal PSoC device, followed by a detailed review of its FPGA configuration, USB and touch sensing capabilities. Cypress member of technical staff Dave Van Ess presents these features using the Xilinx Spartan-3A FPGA Evaluation Kit from Avnet, which pairs a Xilinx low-cost Spartan-3A 400A FPGA with a PSoC device.

PSoC delivers flexibility for high-volume applications and enables FPGA configuration and Flash memory re-programming through a built-in USB interface. The board comes with Cypress’s CY3217 (MiniProg) Programmer as part of the Xilinx Spartan-3A FPGA Evaluation Kit, available exclusively from Avnet for $39 at www.cypress.com/go/avnetkit. For designers interested in a more advanced USB and touch sensing evaluation environment, Cypress offers the CY3214-PSoCEvalUSB Kit, which includes enhanced development and debugging support. The PSoCEValUSB Kit is available on the Cypress Online Store at www.cypress.com and from authorized distributors.

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 8×8 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. More information about PSoC products is available at www.cypress.com/psoc and free online training is at www.cypress.com/psoctraining.

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group’s Web site is located at www.em.avnet.com. Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology in the world. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers and providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2008, Avnet generated revenue of $17.95 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

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, 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(R) and EZ-USB(R) 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 www.cypress.com.

Cypress, the Cypress logo, PSoC, West Bridge and EZ-USB are registered trademarks, and WirelessUSB is a trademark of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Spartan is a trademark of Xilinx, Inc. and used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.




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