History of Innovation and Invention Leads Cypress to 1,000th Patent

3/11/2004 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) announced that it received its 1,000th patent. Cypress’s 1,000th patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,697,385, is a circuit design that enables a small, flexible, cost-effective repeater in local area networks (LANs).

Cypress patents have been used in a variety of products and applications, including cell phones, cameras, printers, scanners, games, personal computers and networking equipment. Cypress’s received its first patent in 1982. Its most prolific inventor, Babar Raza, has been granted 40 patents during his career. Even Cypress’s CEO, T.J. Rodgers, has been granted five patents.

"A semiconductor company invests a huge amount in its inventions, and its management must protect its intellectual property," said T.J. Rodgers, Cypress president and CEO. "This year we spent $250 million on research and investment to finally get to the 1,000-patent mark."

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. "Connecting from Last Mile to First Mile" and "Cypress Connects" are trademarks of Cypress.

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