Cypress Semiconductor Executive Joins StarGen's Board of Directors

10/26/2004 - StarGen, a semiconductor company specializing in advanced serial switched interconnect solutions, announced that Ralph Schmitt, executive vice president of sales, marketing and business development for Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY), has joined StarGen’s board of directors.

Schmitt joins other industry and financial leaders on StarGen’s board, including: Zenas Hutcheson of Vesbridge Partners; Paul Levine of Morgenthaler Ventures; Steve McCormack of CommonWealth Capital Ventures; and Tony Abate of Ironside Ventures. Tim Miller, StarGen co-founder and CEO, and Todd Comins, StarGen co-founder and CTO, round out the board as management directors.

“As we enter a new phase of technology development and switched interconnect leadership, Ralph brings a wealth of semiconductor experience and expertise to our board,” Miller said. “He can provide us with a unique and independent market perspective on our business and product strategies, complementing the strong financial expertise of our current directors.”

As executive vice president of sales, marketing and business development at Cypress Semiconductor Corp., Schmitt is responsible for the company’s worldwide sales organization, field applications, channel operations, corporate marketing, mergers and acquisitions, eBusiness, business development and marketing communications. Schmitt also serves on the board of directors at Azanda Networks, a manufacturer of data traffic management solutions for high-speed optical linecards, and at Cypress MicroSystems, a Cypress Semiconductor Corp. subsidiary specializing in Programmable System-on-ChipTM (PSoCTM) reprogrammable mixed signal arrays.

Schmitt earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University and worked at Concurrent Computer, specializing in the design of I/O architecture, before joining Cypress in 1987, where he held senior sales positions covering strategic accounts in the telecommunications and networking equipment space.

“StarGen has achieved strong success with its PCI compatible StarFabric switched serial interconnect technology,” Schmitt said. “As the company moves forward with a strong focus on Advanced Switching Interconnect solutions, I look forward to helping StarGen in defining this new market, setting goals, and establishing industry leadership in ASI solutions.“

About Cypress
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (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 StarGen
StarGen, a semiconductor company with design wins across a broad spectrum of markets including storage, communications, high performance imaging, automated test, and video distribution, has deployed 250,000 StarFabric ports with more than 75 customer designs worldwide.

The Advanced Switching Interconnect product line, slated for delivery in early 2005, will feature a family of bridges and switches based on the emerging PCI Express and Advanced Switching Interconnect industry standards. StarGen is a sponsor of the Advanced Switching Interconnect Special Interest Group (ASI SIG) and chairs the Marketing Work Group and key Technical Work Groups.

StarGen ( has headquarters in Marlborough, MA.

PCI Express is a trademark of PCI-SIG. StarGen and StarFabric are trademarks of StarGen.

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