Cypress Sponsors $30,000 International PSoC Design Contest

10/10/2003 - Cypress MicroSystems Inc., a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY),and CMP Media (CMP), a publisher of leading technical publications for design engineers worldwide, launched the “$30,000 International PSoCTM Design Contest.” The contest challenges engineers to create unique, real-world designs that utilize PSoC's broad range of on-chip reprogrammable analog and digital blocks. The sponsors will award cash prizes of US$30,000 in the following categories:

The first 1,500 people from each region who register to participate by December 15, 2003 will receive a free Mini Development Kit, consisting of a PSoC development board, PSoC DesignerTM software, USB cable and C compiler. Contest entry will be closed when all Mini Development Kits have been distributed or on December 15, 2003, whichever comes first. All entries must be submitted by midnight, February 28, 2004. Information and registration forms are available online at

Designs are not limited to any category of application but must use existing commercially available components. Some possible application areas include residential/industrial metering, magnetic card or RF readers, LIN Bus/automotive controllers, motor controllers, home electronics/entertainment systems, medical monitoring equipment and wireless systems.

Independent judges from the CMP editorial staff—one from each geographic region—will select the winning designs, which will be announced after May 1, 2004. Winning designs will be chosen based on originality, feasibility, manufacturability, and how extensively and well the implementation uses the PSoC device. Anyone living in a country or state where the contest is prohibited is not eligible to participate.

About PSoC
Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC) devices are high-performance, field-programmable, mixed-signal arrays for high-volume embedded-control functions in consumer, industrial, office automation, telecom and automotive applications. PSoC devices integrate programmable blocks of analog and digital logic, a fast 8-bit MCU, 16 kbytes of flash memory and 256 bytes of SRAM and a media access controller (MAC).

All PSoC devices are dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to create new system functions on-the-fly. Re-using the same silicon for different functions on different clock cycles, designers can achieve more than 120% utilization of the die in many cases. The automotive PSoC LIN bus reference design is a good example. The same transistors are re-used four times to support the different LIN communication modes; in doing so, these transistors consume less than 10 percent of PSoC hardware resources and less than 10 percent of the PSoC MCU cycles.

To further shorten design cycles, the PSoC family includes pre-programmed, specialized versions for lighting, energy, motor control, communications, automotive and battery applications. Each family member comes with a reference design and extensive application notes to speed application development.

About Cypress MicroSystems
Headquartered in Lynnwood, Wash., Cypress MicroSystems develops and markets Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC) devices – high-performance, field-programmable ICs for high-volume embedded control functions in consumer, industrial, office automation, telecom and automotive applications. Established as a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) in the fourth quarter of 1999, Cypress MicroSystems’ stockholders are its employees and Cypress Semiconductor. The close association with Cypress Semiconductor allows access to their process and design technology, and field sales and applications forces. More information about Cypress MicroSystems and its products—as well as access to over 100 PSoC applications notes—is available online at

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 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 reprogrammable mixed-signal arrays. More information about Cypress is accessible online at

Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. “Connectivity From Last Mile to First Mile” and “Cypress Connects” are trademarks of Cypress. “Programmable System-on-Chip,” PSoC and PSoC Designer are trademarks of Cypress MicroSystems.

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