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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today introduced a new PSoC® programmable system-on-chip that simplifies the design of next-generation industrial, home appliance and consumer systems that require multiple sensors. Many Internet of Things (IoT) applications require multiple sensors and can benefit from dedicated coprocessors that offload sensor processing from the host and reduce overall system power consumption. The new PSoC Analog Coprocessor integrates programmable analog blocks, including a new Universal Analog Block (UAB), which can be configured with GUI-based software components. This combination simplifies the design of custom analog front ends for sensor interfaces by allowing engineers to update sensor features quickly with no hardware or host processor software changes, while also reducing BOM costs.

For example, in home automation applications, engineers can easily configure the PSoC Analog Coprocessor to continuously monitor multiple sensors, such as temperature, humidity, ambient light, motion and sound, allowing the host to stay in a standby low-power mode. Future design changes to support new sensor types can also be easily implemented by reconfiguring the programmable analog blocks. Cypress will demonstrate the PSoC Analog Coprocessor, along with its PSoC, FM Flexible MCU, Bluetooth® Low Energy and Energy Harvesting Power Management IC solutions at Sensors Expo from June 21 to 23 in booth 416 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. More information on the PSoC Analog Coprocessor is available at www.cypress.com/PSoCAnalog.[Continue reading →]

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced that its TrueTouch® Gen5 touchscreen controller family for large-screen superphones, smartphones, tablets and e-readers now delivers multiple new advanced features, including the world’s best gloved-finger tracking on capacitive touchscreens. The TMA568 controller has also added “hover” support, which enables touchscreens to anticipate the touch of a finger and enlarge content, such as points on a map, to make it easier to find and select objects. The new features add to the TMA568 controller’s industry-leading noise-immunity, waterproofing and palm rejection technology.

The Gen5 TMA568 controller delivers best-in-class accuracy and linearity for multiple fingers of different sizes and gloves of various materials and thicknesses, including ski gloves. In addition, it automatically switches between glove and finger tracking without requiring the user to change settings. The controller’s hover detection changes the fundamental navigation functions on mobile devices by emulating the “mouseover” feature of personal computers, delivering easier, more accurate interface navigation. TMA568 now also offers improved passive stylus support, accurately capturing 1-mm stylus input for handwriting and signatures. This capability is important for writing in languages that require enhanced character recognition for reliable text input, such as Chinese and Japanese. The controller delivers a high degree of accuracy and linearity, along with the fast refresh rates required for handwriting and signature capture.[Continue reading →]

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SAN FRANCISCO – Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today introduced at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) a low-cost development kit that provides a complete reference design for USB 3.0-enabled video bridges. The new Lattice USB 3.0 Video Bridge Development Kit simplifies integration of USB 3.0 audio and High-Definition (HD) video connectivity for a wide range of applications, leveraging the LatticeECP3™ FPGA family and the Cypress EZ-USB® FX3™ USB 3.0 peripheral controller. Cypress and Lattice will demonstrate the kit at IDF in Cypress booth number 780 from September 9-11.

USB 3.0 delivers 5-Gbps bandwidth that enables streaming of HD video without requiring compression, which degrades image quality. The Lattice USB 3.0 Video Bridge Development Kit includes all of the hardware and software needed to develop USB 3.0 cameras, frame grabbers, machine vision systems, surveillance equipment, and other audio/video USB 3.0 converter systems. With the LatticeECP3 FPGA, the kit supports high speed reception and packing of video and audio data into USB 3.0 UVC and UAC data frames without the use of external memory buffers. The kit leverages the flexibility of the FX3 solution to support parallel, MIPI CSI-2, and LVDS camera interfacing, as well as HDMI and SDI audio/video formats. The kit is available now for purchase at the Lattice store.[Continue reading →]

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SAN JOSE, Calif., October 17, 2013 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced that HUAWEI

has selected its TrueTouch® controllers to drive the touchscreens in four HUAWEI smartphones. Two of the models leverage a TrueTouch Gen4 controller to deliver accurate navigation of the touchscreen even with thick gloves on, preventing users from having to remove their gloves in cold-weather climates. Gen 4 also delivers best-in-class touchscreen performance in the presence of electronic noise from after-market chargers and displays that can render touchscreens inoperable – a major problem plaguing the industry. Huawei selected Cypress based on the strong design support offered by the TrueTouch team in China, as well as for TrueTouch’s industry-leading performance and features.[Continue reading →]

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San Jose, Calif. – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today introduced a low-cost, easy-to-use development platform that enables designers to add high-performance USB 3.0 throughput to virtually any system. The new SuperSpeed Explorer Kit, now available for $49 online, is based on Cypress’s programmable EZ-USB® FX3™ USB 3.0 peripheral controller, which offers the flexibility to address a broad range of applications. Cypress will demonstrate the kit in booth number 780 at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco from September 9-11, and 100 attendees will receive free kits.

EZ-USB FX3 is the industry’s only programmable USB 3.0 peripheral controller. It is equipped with a highly configurable General Programmable Interface (GPIF™ II), which can be programmed in 8-, 16-, and 32-bit configurations. GPIF II allows FX3 to communicate directly with application processors, FPGAs, storage media, and image sensors and provides a data transfer rate of up to 400 Megabytes per second, while using lower power than alternative solutions. The SuperSpeed Explorer Kit easily interfaces with external devices via three accessory boards that connect to Aptina image sensors, Altera FPGAs and Xilinx FPGAs, respectively. The kit also includes an integrated debugger with a standard USB interface to further simplify designs and speed time to market.[Continue reading →]

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