Envara, Cypress to Develop High-performance USB 2.0-to-WLAN Solution

5/1/2003 - Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) and Envara, Inc. announced a joint development and marketing effort to provide OEMs with a low-cost, high-performance USB 2.0-to-WLAN (Wireless LAN) solution.

The wireless networking solution is an externally connected USB 2.0 adapter that enables users to connect to IEEE802.11g or IEEE802.11a/b/g WLANs at the high speed of 54 Mbps – employing Envara’s WiND512TM and WiND502TM silicon products, and Cypress’s EZ-USB SX2TM USB 2.0 Serial Interface Engine. A live demo of the joint solution will be shown at Networld + Interop and made available to ODMs/OEMs in June, 2003.

"We are pleased to team up with Envara in the development of this joint solution, which will allow our mutual customers to quickly bring to market low-cost, high-performance USB 2.0-to-WLAN solutions," said Paul Novell, managing director of the wired business unit in Cypress Semiconductor’s Personal Communication Division. "Envara has clearly demonstrated its ability to deliver state-of-the-art WLAN solutions, and our USB 2.0 solutions are a perfect fit for its WiND-class devices."

"Joining forces with a market leader, such as Cypress, provides us with a unique USB 2.0 – WLAN offering that will enable desktop users access to 54 Mbps WLANs at a very low cost," said Izik Kirshenbaum, president and CEO of Envara. "We expect this joint solution to accommodate other USB-based applications soon, such as printers, scanners and other peripherals. We have found Cypress’ suite of USB products to provide the best cost – performance ratio in the market."

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 available online at www.cypress.com.

About Envara
Envara, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company developing a suite of complete multi-mode Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN) chipset solutions capable of transparently operating in all internationally allocated 2.4GHz and 5GHz WLAN frequency bands. Envara's low cost, low power, and high-performance, WiND502TM two-chip solution is a multi-mode WLAN solution supporting IEEE 802.11a/b/g, while the WiND512TM chipset supports IEEE 802.11g. These chipsets provide full data security and privacy through compatibility with WEP and WPA, and support worldwide radio regulation conformance through compatibility with the IEEE 802.11h standard and enabling radio operation throughout the 4.9-5.825 GHz frequency band. These highly integrated chipsets enable the design of very low cost WLAN network interface cards (NICs) and access points (AP's) and are targeted at the enterprise, public access (''Hot Spots''), and Home Networking markets. Envara's customers will in clude PC and PC-peripherals man ufacturers, wireless networking ODM's, and consumer electronics manufacturers who will benefit from the ability to offer IEEE 802.11g or 802.11a/b/g interoperability and worldwide RF compliance, with reduced BOM costs and accelerated time to market. More information about Envara is available at www.envara.com.

RAM9TM, Connecting from Last Mile to First MileTM, and Cypress ConnectsTM are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Envara Inc. and the Envara logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Envara Inc.

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