Cypress Quantum38K™ CPLDs Add Mentor Graphics Design Support

7/3/2002 - Cypress Semiconductor (NYSE: CY) today announced that the LeonardoSpectrum™ design synthesis tool from Mentor Graphics has been integrated with Cypress’s Warp™ Release 6.3 development environment to support designs using the Cypress Quantum38K™ family of CPLDs. VHDL or Verilog designers now have the option of using either the Mentor Graphics LeonardoSpectrum or the Cypress Warp development environment to optimize their CPLD designs for communications systems.

“Support for Quantum38K from Mentor Graphics allows Cypress customers to have access to a leading synthesis tool for our newest family of communications CPLDs,” said Geoff Charubin, Director of Marketing for Cypress’s Data Communications Division. “Our goal is to allow designers to target a Cypress CPLD with any synthesis tool they are comfortable with, while they take advantage of Warp Software’s advanced fitting algorithms and analysis tools.”

LeonardoSpectrum’s support, previously provided for Cypress’s Flash370i™, Ultra37000™ and Delta39K™ CPLDs, combines push-button ease-of-use with the powerful control and optimization features in a fast, efficient synthesis environment. LeonardoSpectrum replaces arithmetic, relational and memory operators with models optimized for Cypress CPLDs. Warp then builds the most efficient circuit using advanced fitting algorithms and user preferences.

“Mentor Graphics customers now have access to another leading CPLD family for their designs,” said Simon Bloch, general manager for the Mentor Graphics Synthesis Business Unit. “We are committed to providing synthesis support for Cypress CPLD families to minimize designers’ development time and cost using our tools and their products.”

About the Quantum38K Family
The Quantum38K family of CPLDs offers designers a range of devices with 30,000 to 100,000 gates with 512 to 1536 macrocells and 16 to 48 Kbits of embedded memory, all in a simple migration path of compatible footprints. In addition, the family is footprint compatible with Cypress’s Delta39K CPLD Family which allows an additional migration path to features such as increased speed options, additional I/O standard support, Phase Locked Loops (PLLs) and increased memory. High density Quantum38K CPLDs offer the industry’s lowest standby power and operate at either 2.5 or 3.3V. Their programmable I/O structure allows them to interface with several other devices supporting different I/O standards and different operating voltages (1.8V to 3.3V) at the same time.

System Requirements and Availability
Users will require a copy of LeonardoSpectrum 2002.b, available for download at the Mentor Graphics Web site, and a copy of Cypress’s Warp Release 6.3 software, available for download at

LeonardoSpectrum 2002 runs on the Windows®NT/98/2000, Sun Solaris and HP-UX platforms. The design tool is also available as part of the FPGA Advantage® Design Solution from Mentor Graphics.

About Cypress
Cypress Semiconductor is “Driving the Communications Revolution”™ with high-performance integrated circuits for network infrastructure and access equipment. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, the company designs and manufactures solutions targeted across wireless and wireline communications. Cypress supports a wide range of industry standards, such as SONET (OC-48, OC-192 and OC-768), Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), InfiniBand™ and Gigabit Ethernet. The company’s communications product lines include programmable high-speed physical layer devices (PHYs), wirespeed network search engines (NSEs) and network coprocessors (NCPs), and datapath switching elements (DSEs). Cypress is also the industry’s leader in communications timing solutions, networking-optimized communications memories and personal connectivity solutions, such as USB and Bluetooth.

Cypress is a leader in pure optical and optoelectronic technologies designed to push network transmissions to higher performance levels and to satisfy the increasing demand for network bandwidth. With a focus on emerging communications applications, Cypress aims to become the preferred silicon supplier for network infrastructure solutions and for every network data stream to pass through at least one Cypress IC.

Cypress employs 4,000 people worldwide. Its shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CY. More information about Cypress is accessible on the Web at

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