Cypress Bridges Lab to Fab with Silicon Valley Technology Center

7/7/2004 - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY) formally opened the Silicon Valley Technology Center (SVTC), a facility that offers start-up and established corporations the opportunity to develop and characterize their silicon-based technologies cost-effectively, accelerating time to revenue. SVTC customers will have access to Cypress’s 65-nanometer state-of-the-art R&D fab in Silicon Valley. They will be able to take advantage of Cypress’s 20+ years of technology development and design experience.

“SVTC offers its customers an alternative strategy for taking a product from proof-of-concept to manufacturing,” said Chris Seams, executive vice president of technology and worldwide manufacturing for Cypress. “SVTC offers access to state-of-the-art equipment, a broad process-module library, and 22 years of established R&D infrastructure—a combination you will not find in a university lab. This is a valuable asset for customers trying to characterize their new technology for manufacturing, where adding new value to the silicon base will be key to differentiation and success.”

Customers will use SVTC’s process and materials expertise to develop novel silicon technology for integrated circuits, microelectromechanical systems, and applications incorporating new nanotechnology and biotechnology processes. SVTC aims to expand its business model to duplicate successes with current customers, such as Matrix Semiconductor, which produces Matrix® 3-D Memory (3DM) ¾ the first three-dimensional, high-density, low-cost, nonvolatile memory for portable electronic devices. Matrix used SVTC to develop the first high-volume approach to making Matrix 3DM before transferring its technology successfully to a foundry-manufacturing environment.

“SVTC has enabled Matrix to build prototypes that have transferred successfully to our foundry quickly and cost-effectively—something we were unable to do in a pure lab environment,” said Siva Sivaram, chief operating officer of Matrix Semiconductor. “SVTC experts handled all the wafer manufacturing and equipment maintenance, which allowed us to focus on our product design.”

SVTC customers share an established fab infrastructure with other companies in a secure intellectual property environment. SVTC provides fab activities on state-of-the-art equipment in a high-quality environment executed by highly-skilled R&D technicians and operators. Additionally, SVTC offers best practices in fab process engineering, statistical process control, failure analysis, and design for manufacturing methodologies as part of its development toolbox.

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 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. Matrix is a registered trademark of Matrix Semiconductor.

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