Cypress Receives ISO 14001 Certification for Wafer Manufacturing

4/20/2004 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) announced that it has achieved ISO 14001 certification for all its wafer manufacturing sites — located in California, Minnesota and Texas — after an extensive audit by SGS Systems and Services Certification, a qualified third party auditor employed by Cypress. This certification confirms Cypress’s commitment to combine excellent business practices with environmentally sound processes and products. Cypress’s Philippines test and assembly facility has been ISO 14001 certified since May 2001.

ISO 14001 is a standard published by the International Organization for Standardization in 1996 that establishes a coordinated framework of controls to manage environmental protection in an organization. The standard specifies the actual requirements for an environmental management system (EMS). Cypress’s EMS encourages corporate practices that minimize the environmental impact of all aspects of manufacturing including the elimination of cadmium from its process. Cypress also offers lead-free packaging for many of its products.

“ISO certification provides customers with verification that Cypress’s processes and systems are fully compliant with the ISO environmental standards, enabling our customers to meet their end-market demands,” said Francis Courreges, Cypress’s vice president for quality. “In addition, the conservation and recycling programs help increase shareholder value in the company.”

“Cypress has continued to improve the way it manages environmental issues through systematic and sustainable methods,” said Marty O’Connell, certification manager and ISO 14001 product manager for SGS. “Cypress has implemented a number of programs to encourage “green” behavior including water reduction; recycling; use of public transportation; and installing a 335 kW DC solar rooftop array on two of its San Jose buildings—the largest solar array in Silicon Valley.”

About the International Organization for Standardization
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies representing 140 countries. ISO is a non-governmental organization established in 1947. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services and to developing co-operation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological and economic activity.

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

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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