Silicon Light Machines Issues Home Run 10K Corporate Challenge

8/8/2002 - Silicon Light Machines challenged other Silicon Valley companies to compete against its team of running enthusiasts in the Home Run 2002 charity race. Held Saturday, October 26 at Stanford University, the event is organized by the Stanford chapter of Habitat for Humanity to benefit two of the organization's local chapters, as well as Global Partners for Development.

Companies of any size can participate in the Home Run 10K Corporate Challenge by entering a team of five or more runners and making a donation to Stanford Habitat for Humanity. Teams will vie for the coveted "Silicon Light Foot" trophy, awarded to the team with the fastest combined time of its top five runners. In addition, Silicon Light Machines will match the donation of any Corporate Challenge team that beats their time – up to a total of $5,000.

"Silicon Valley is home to some of the world's most competitive companies," said Tom Werner, CEO and captain of the Silicon Light Machines team. "Silicon Light Machines is proud to use that competitive spirit to give back to our community. The Home Run Corporate Challenge is a great way to boost fund-raising efforts and awareness for local causes with a little friendly competition between charitable high-tech firms."

"Silicon Light Machines provides impressive corporate leadership and vision to continue community-wide building of affordable ownership houses with families having very low incomes." said Mark Moulton, executive director of the peninsula chapter of Habitat for Humanity. "Their example invites other businesses to join the ground-swell of community leaders who believe in increasing housing opportunities for working families on the peninsula."

For the second year, Silicon Light Machines is sponsoring the Home Run charity event – renewing its commitment to helping house-building programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. This sponsorship ensures that all race entry fees go directly to charity. In addition to the Corporate Challenge team event, individuals can participate in the 10K run, 5K run or 5K walk. Registration begins at 7:45 A.M. at the Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif.

The proceeds of this year’s race will benefit Peninsula and Silicon Valley Habitats for Humanity and Global Partners for Development. Habitat for Humanity ( seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness through a philosophy of "partnership housing," in which families in need work side by side with volunteers to build adequate housing. Global Partners for Development ( matches people and resources with community development projects to foster economic development, improve health, increase access to education and end hunger.

About Silicon Light Machines (
Founded in 1994, Silicon Light Machines is a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor. Silicon Light Machines’ Grating Light ValveTM (GLVTM) technology is a means for creating a high-performance spatial light modulator on the surface of a silicon chip, and is used in optical components, print and display related products. Cypress Semiconductor acquired SLM in August, 2000 to accelerate the proliferation of Cypress’s pure-optical and optoelectronic products targeted at the networking and telecommunications markets. The company is located at 385 Moffett Park Dr., Suite 115, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1208.

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.

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