Cypress Semiconductor, TightLink Become Tight Collaboration Partners

5/7/2003 - TightLink Corporation and Cypress Semiconductor Corporation announced the signing of a worldwide site license agreement for TightLink Solution Server technology that will be used by Cypress for a variety of internal and customer-facing business applications. Cypress Semiconductor has been using TightLink for the last year in a hosted collaborative-customer and field-support application that includes automated technical support capabilities.

This agreement expands the relationship to include a wide range of other applications across Cypress’s sales, marketing, product and engineering groups. Cypress will be developing the applications cooperatively with TightLink and moving to a licensed application model in the process.

“Our vision is to build a top-to-bottom collaborative enterprise that directly connects our customers, distributors and employees in a seamless, efficient business operation,” said Ralph Schmitt, senior vice president of North American sales for Cypress. “We can achieve that goal with TightLink, which will enable us to deliver unique collaboration, integration and case management capabilities in a fraction of the time and effort of other solutions.”

“TightLink’s functionality enabled Cypress to build its ConnectionCenterTM, part of a corporate-wide customer satisfaction initiative,” Schmitt added. “ConnectionCenter includes an online support system that enables design engineers to solve many technical problems on their own by browsing a database of accumulated cases and articles. The system has freed Cypress’s applications engineers to focus on revenue-producing designs in customer systems.”

TightLink Solution Server is an applications infrastructure product that gives business organizations a common, Web-based platform to deliver high-powered exception handling and collaborative business application solutions. Capabilities included with Solution Server include:

“Cypress has already seen the benefits of having employees, customers, and partners work together in a seamless, controlled and consistent manner in their field support area” commented Andy Comly, CEO of TightLink Corp. “We are excited to help them take the next step, where every Cypress employee, partner and customer will have their own tailored access to a common set of Web-based business applications that have at their core TightLink’s Solution Server technology. The result will be a single, consistent view for all parties involved – improving visibility and communications, driving customer loyalty, improving everyone’s efficiency and ultimately, positioning Cypress to compete more effectively.”

About TightLink TightLink is a leading provider of cross-enterprise collaboration applications. The power of collaboration provides structure, visibility, and accountability to complex workflow across the extended enterprise. TightLink has globally recognized customers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. TightLink is privately held with backing by leading venture capital firms including Sierra Ventures and The Roda Group. For more information, visit or call (877) 464-3763.

About Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
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

TightLink is a registered trademark of TightLink Corp. Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. Cypress ConnectionCenter, “Connectivity from Last Mile to First Mile,” and “Cypress Connects” are trademarks of Cypress.

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