Cypress’s PSoC® 4 Architecture Delivers the Industry’s Most-Flexible, Lowest-Power ARM® Cortex™-M0-Based Devices for

  Cypress’s PSoC® 4 Architecture Delivers the Industry’s Most-Flexible,
  Lowest-Power ARM® Cortex™-M0-Based Devices for Embedded Designs

 Truly Scalable, Infinitely Reconfigurable Architecture with Component-Based
 Design Methodology is Positioned to Challenge 8-, 16-, and 32-bit Standalone

Business Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- March 20, 2013

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today unveiled the PSoC^® 4
programmable system-on-chip architecture, which combines Cypress’s
best-in-class PSoC analog and digital fabric and industry-leading CapSense^®
capacitive touch technology with ARM^®’s power-efficient Cortex™-M0 core. The
truly scalable, cost-efficient architecture delivers PSoC’s trademark
flexibility, analog performance and integration, along with access to dozens
of free PSoC Components™—“virtual chips” represented by icons in Cypress’s
PSoC Creator™ integrated design environment. The new PSoC 4 device class will
challenge proprietary 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), along with
other 32-bit devices. Cypress plans to announce the availability of new PSoC 4
families in the first half of 2013.

The PSoC 4 architecture enhances Cypress’s patented, industry-leading CapSense
capacitive-touch sensing technology by offering significant leadership in
noise immunity. In addition to capacitive sensing, PSoC 4 targets
field-oriented control (FOC) motor control, temperature sensing, security
access, portable medical, and many other applications. For more information,

“PSoC 4 enables design engineers to leverage the overall trend toward
industry-standard, lower-cost ARM-based solutions, the broad availability of
ARM software, and the migration of 8-and 16-bit MCU applications to 32-bit
solutions,” said John Weil, Senior Director of PSoC Marketing for Cypress’s
Programmable Systems Division. “It is the industry’s only fully scalable,
infinitely reconfigurable Cortex-M-class MCU with best-in-class analog
integration. It can replace entire portfolios of proprietary MCUs and analog
solutions, and it is well-positioned to capture significant market share.”

"Inserting the popular Cortex-M0 processor core into the highly-customizable
logic and analog circuitry of Cypress's PSoC products makes a very appealing
combination for applications with unique I/O requirements that warrant a
higher performance processor or the widely-used ARM architecture,” said Tom
Starnes, Principal Analyst with semiconductor market research firm Objective
Analysis. “The trim PSoC 4 with the highly optimized Cortex-M0 processor makes
it easier to step up from 8- and 16-bit or proprietary MCU architectures."

The PSoC 4 architecture offers best-in-class power leakage of 150 nA while
retaining SRAM memory, programmable logic, and the ability to wake up from an
interrupt. In stop mode, it consumes only 20 nA while maintaining wake-up
capability. It has the widest operating voltage range of any Cortex-M0-based
device, enabling full analog and digital operation from 1.71V to 5.5V. The
architecture facilitates integrated, high-performance custom signal chains and
provides both configurable analog and flexible routing.

PSoC 4 leverages the PSoC Creator integrated design environment. The IDE’s
easy-to-use graphical interface enables designers to drag and drop
pre-characterized, production-ready analog and digital IP blocks—PSoC
Components—into a single PSoC device to create customized, feature-rich, and
highly differentiated end products. Cypress’s platform solution—PSoC 4, PSoC
Creator and PSoC Components—simplifies and accelerates the design process,
reduces bills of material, and provides extraordinary system value.

MCUs Can’t. PSoC Can.

PSoC solutions bring the flash-based equivalent of a field-programmable ASIC
to embedded designs without lead-time or NRE penalties. PSoC integrates
configurable analog and digital circuits with an on-chip microcontroller,
reducing component count and simplifying revisions. A single PSoC device can
integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions, accelerating cycle time and
improving quality while reducing board space, power consumption, and system

PSoC “future-proofs” designs, protecting them against last-minute
specifications changes. It enables firmware-based changes at any point in the
design cycle—even out in the field.All PSoC devices are dynamically
reconfigurable, enabling designers to transform resources on-the-fly and to
execute tasks with fewer ICs. For more information, please visit Free online training is available at

About Cypress

Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that
provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value.
Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC programmable system-on-chip
families and derivatives, CapSense touch sensing and TrueTouch^® solutions for
touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the
high-performance West Bridge^® solution that enhances connectivity and
performance in multimedia handsets, PCs and tablets. Cypress is also the world
leader in SRAM memories. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer,
mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and
military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker
symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

Cypress, the Cypress logo, PSoC, CapSense, TrueTouch, and West Bridge are
registered trademarks and PSoC Components and PSoC Creator are trademarks of
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks are property of their owners.


Cypress Public Relations
Don Parkman, 408-943-4885
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