Cypress Semiconductor VP Joins WaferYield's Board of Directors

2/12/2003 - WaferYield Inc., a provider of semiconductor software tools for yield improvement, has announced that Chris Seams, Executive Vice President of Technology & Manufacturing at Cypress Semiconductor (NYSE: CY), has joined its board of directors.

“We are very pleased that Chris has joined our Board," said Ron Sigura, WaferYield President and CEO. “His in-depth experience in managing successful fab operations with focus on yield and productivity enhancement, and industry relations will be tremendously valuable in achieving our business objectives. We look forward to his insightful contribution and counsel as a member of WaferYield’s board of directors.”

Chris Seams leads the process and assembly technology Research and Development and all the manufacturing operations of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, including foundry and subcontractor relationships. Prior to joining Cypress in 1990, Mr. Seams held process development engineering and management positions at Advanced Micro Devices and Philips Research Laboratories.

Mr. Seams earned his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1984 from Texas A&M University and his Master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1988 from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Seams is a senior member of IEEE and serves on the IEEE EDS Semiconductor Manufacturing Committee. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Symposium on Semiconductor Manufacturing. Additionally, Mr. Seams was appointed as Board Director for the following corporations: 1st Silicon, SunPower, Ronal Systems, and Silicon Magnetic Systems.

"WaferYield’s solution addresses semiconductor yield and productivity issues that are critical for fab profitability, especially with today’s submicron manufacturing challenges,” Said Chris Seams. “The company has made substantial progress in a short time, both in technology development and in building customer traction and I am pleased to join its board of directors to help accelerate that growth.”

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. More information about Cypress is accessible online at

About WaferYield
WaferYield is a privately held corporation, founded in 2000 and headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with representatives in Japan and Europe. The company has developed software tools for the semiconductor industry to address design-for-manufacturing needs and the ever-increasing challenges of deep submicron fabrication. Its patent-pending iGO (Integrated Global Optimizations) solution enables semiconductor manufacturers to increase production yield, productivity and product reliability throughout the chip fabrication cycle, without changing the manufacturing process. WAMA product family is already installed in fabrication facilities and is being evaluated by numerous leading semiconductor manufacturers for advanced process technologies.

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