Cypress Expands Wireless Portfolio by Acquiring Cascade Semiconductor

10/21/2003 - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) and Cascade Semiconductor Corporation, a privately held company, announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Cypress to acquire Cascade in a merger. Cascade, a company specializing in 1T Pseudo-SRAM products for wireless applications, has averaged quarterly revenues of approximately $3 million.

"Cascade complements Cypress in multiple ways,” said Tony Alvarez, Cypress’s executive vice president for the Memory Products Division. “First, it has volume shipments of 1T-Pseudo SRAM products at several accounts that are new to Cypress. It also adds to our product development capabilities in memories for the mobile phone segment. Finally, Cascade brings to Cypress experience in selling into the ‘System-in-package’ markets within the mobile handset industry.”

"Cypress has developed very strong worldwide alliances with virtually every important channel in the wireless market,” said Dr. Wenliang Chen, Cascade’s co-founder and president. “In addition, it has a large, world-class sales, marketing and applications organization to facilitate market penetration of our extremely competitive products. The combined product portfolios of our companies will provide a line of mobile applications memories I believe is literally second to none.”

The closing of the merger, which is expected in the 2003 fourth quarter, is subject to regula tory approvals and other customary conditions to closing. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Cypress’s pro forma earnings starting in the first quarter of 2004.

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

About Cascade
Founded in May 2001, Cascade Semiconductor Corporation is a privately held fabless semiconductor company that designs and markets low-power memory products to wireless communications market based in Beaverton, OR. More information about Cascade is available online at

Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. “Connecting from Last Mile to First Mile” and “Cypress Connects” are trademarks of Cypress.

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