EDN Selects Cypress’s WirelessUSB RF Interconnect Innovation of the Year

4/28/2003 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced that EDN magazine has selected WirelessUSBTM—Cypress’s 2.4-GHz RF interconnect protocol—as the winner of its “Innovation of the Year” award in the Communications category. The WirelessUSB product family enables designers of mice, keyboards, game controllers, and other systems, to “cut the cord,” maximizing performance while minimizing development time, bill of materials and power requirements.

This is the second consecutive year that a Cypress product has received a best-in-class EDN award. Last year, Cypress MicroSystems’s Programmable-System-on-ChipTM (PSoCTM) mixed-signal array received top honors in the 8/16-bit Processors category. Bothell, Washington-based Cypress MicroSystems is a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor.

EDN selected WirelessUSB from a field of hundreds of communications products in this year’s competition. The EDN awards program, now in its 13th year, cites innovation among both individual engineers and electronics products in 16 categories. Winners were selected by a public vote of the engineering community on the EDN website (www.ednmag.com) and announced at an awards banquet at the Pan Pacific Hotel in San Francisco on April 22.

“We’re honored to receive this award from EDN readers—design engineers whose systems depend on innovative semiconductor solutions,” said Norm Taffe, managing director of the Wireless Business Unit of Cypress’s Personal Communications Division. “The award points to WirelessUSB’s superiority versus other wireless technologies in the critical specifications of price, power and latency, for a range of applications that include human interface devices (HIDs).”

About WirelessUSB
Wireless USB can connect as many as seven devices up to 10 meters (30 feet) apart, making it the low-cost, wireless, RF solution of choice for PC mice and keyboards. In addition, WirelessUSB is an ideal solution for the gaming industry; with an average latency of less than 8 milliseconds with four concurrent devices connected, WirelessUSB stands up to even the most rigorous gaming environments. Cypress’s WirelessUSB products require few external components, reducing design time and complexity and speeding time to market. WirelessUSB does not require new drivers for operating systems that support USB.

About EDN
For more than 40 years EDN magazine has delivered the information design engineers need to do their jobs more effectively. EDN’s editorial helps electronics professionals stay current on all the latest products, design techniques, emerging technologies and industry trends. EDN’s five regional editions reach 240,000 qualified subscribers worldwide. More information about EDN is available at http://www.e-insite.net/ednmag/.

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 programmable microcontrollers. More information about Cypress is accessible online at www.cypress.com.

Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Connectivity from Last Mile to First Mile, WirelessUSB and Cypress Connects are trademarks of Cypress.

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