Cypress Partners With Computer Modules to Offer Complete DVB/ASI and SMPTE-259M Standards-Compliant Physical-Layer Solutions

11/20/2002 - Cypress Semiconductor, a world leader in physical-layer (PHY) devices, and Computer Modules, a leader in broadband video delivery technologies, announced a strategic partnership to offer complete DVB/ASI and SMPTE-259M video output solutions to video equipment manufacturers for use in routers, aggregators and other video networking equipment.

Increased services, including video on demand and internet over cable, require increased bandwidth and intelligence across traditional cable equipment networks. This increased demand puts greater engineering and time-to-market demands on the equipment developers. Combining Cypress’s proven high-speed serial PHYs with Computer Modules’ extensive video solutions will accelerate customer design cycles and significantly reduce their time-to-market.

“Vendors who can provide a complete, industry-standard, physical-layer solution allow customers to be more competitive,” said Paul Scott, vice president of Product Planning at Cypress. “This is why we teamed with an established digital-video company such as Computer Modules. The partnership enables our mutual customers to free up their engineering talent to work on providing differentiated features and value to their end customers.”

“Cypress has a proven record in providing quality physical-layer devices to the video industry,” said Les Zoltan, vice president of Computer Modules. “Their original HOTLink® (High-speed Optical Transceiver Link) and HOTLink DXTM devices have been highly successful. Their new HOTLink IITM device integrates even more features and provides greater port density than ever before. When looking for a PHY vendor to partner with, Cypress was the natural choice.”

Cypress’s HOTLink product line has a long history of success. Launched in 1993, today this portfolio expanded to HOTLink, HOTLink DX, HOTLink II, and Programmable HOTLink II w/programmable serial interface (PSITM) transceiver families that support data transmission rates from 50 Mbps up to 1.5 Gbps. These flexible devices are ideal for any high-speed serializer/deserializer functions including standards such as SMPTE, HDTV, DVB/ASI, Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, Enterprise System Connection (ESCON) as well as proprietary backplanes.

Computer Modules focuses exclusively on DVB ASI, ATSC, MPEG-2, SMPTE 259M, and other digital video transmission technologies. It partnered with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in the first set-top box trials in Orlando using its DSL technology for the cable television market. Over the last three years, Computer Modules has leveraged that experience to emerge as a worldwide leader in all types of interfaces for digital television.

About Cypress
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) is Connecting From Last Mile to First MileTM with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch, and core communications-system applications. Cypress ConnectsTM using wireless, wireline, digital, and optical transmission standards, including Bluetooth, 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 programmable microcontrollers.

About Computer Modules
Computer Modules, Inc is a pioneering 20-year old manufacturer and OEM supplier of computer peripherals. It has a long history of innovation in the computer/communications market having entered the broadcast market in 1999. Its engineering and manufacturing is done by its sister organization Linear Systems Ltd. in Canada. Since that time it has redefined itself as a leading vendor of DVB® and ATSC based digital video solutions exclusively targeting the broadcast industry with interfaces and systems. Computer Modules, Inc. is located in San Diego California.

Cypress, the Cypress logo, and HOTLink are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. “Connectivity From Last Mile to First Mile,” “Cypress Connects,” PSI, “HOTLink DX”and “HOTLink II”are trademarks of Cypress.

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