Cypress’s PSoC® 3 Device Powers Intuitive Touchpad In KORG’s New KAOSS Music Creation Products

  Cypress’s PSoC® 3 Device Powers Intuitive Touchpad In KORG’s New KAOSS Music
  Creation Products

  Trademark Flexibility of PSoC Architecture Enables Integration of Multiple
  Functions, Including Industry-Leading CapSense^® Capacitive Touch Sensing

Business Wire

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- July 2, 2013

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced that KORG Inc. has
selected the PSoC^® 3 programmable system-on-chip for its new line of KAOSS
PAD handheld synthesizer products. The KORG kaossilator 2 and mini kaoss pad 2
give users the artistic freedom to combine multiple layers of digital music
with intuitive touchpad and slider controls powered by PSoC 3. In addition to
touch control, the flexibility and versatility of the PSoC architecture
enables the one-chip PSoC 3 solution to implement voltage sequencing and
signal conversion for the displays of the KAOSS products – integrating the
functions of three devices from the previous generation of products.

Both the kaossilator 2 synthesizer and mini kaoss pad 2 leverage Cypress’s
industry-leading CapSense^® capacitive touch technology to implement the
ultra-fast responsiveness of the touchpad and slider, improving upon the
performance of the resistive touch controls in KORG’s previous generation of
products. PSoC 3’s programmable digital logic drives the signal converter of
the products’ superb Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays while freeing
up their central processing units (CPUs) for optimal performance. More
information on utilizing PSoC 3 as a capacitive touch sensing USB Musical
Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) controller is available at

“The kaossilator 2 and mini kaoss pad 2 combine the world’s best capacitive
touch sensing technology and most popular synthesizer, delivering the accuracy
and responsiveness musicians demand to create digital music wherever and
whenever they want,” said Masato Mizuno, Product Leader of new line of KAOSS
at KORG INC. “And with PSoC 3’s flexibility, we were able to solve multiple
design challenges to significantly improve the performance and aesthetics of
these dynamic synthesizers.”

“KORG’s KAOSS line builds on the success that the Apple iPhone and iPad have
had in redefining how musicians create and interact with music,” said Leon
Tan, marketing manager for Cypress’s consumer solutions. “We’re pleased to
have KORG leverage PSoC 3’s best-in-class capacitive touch controls, plus its
ability to handle numerous other functions to reduce component count, to bring
these innovative synthesizers to market.”

About CapSense

Cypress's CapSense touch-sensing solutions have replaced over 4 billion
mechanical buttons in mobile handsets, laptops, consumer electronics, white
goods, automotive applications, and virtually any system that has a mechanical
button or switch, making Cypress the industry touch-sensing leader. The
CapSense portfolio, the industry's broadest and most integrated, enhances
industrial design and reliability with the most noise-immune and water
tolerant capacitive touch-sensing interfaces, including proximity sensing
where direct touch is not required. CapSense proximity sensing provides power
savings by activating an interface only when needed while further enhancing
industrial designs by only exposing interfaces when necessary. Learn more
about CapSense online at

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 KORG Inc.

KORG is recognized as one of the most innovative manufacturers of electronic
musical instruments in the world. With its headquarters based in Tokyo, Japan,
KORG maintains a network of distributors operating in countries around the

From producing the first synthesizer in Japan, to defining the Music
Workstation category, to inventing the world’s first handheld electronic tuner
and more, KORG has been at the forefront of technology, and strives to bring
to market products that are not only cutting edge, but also extremely
user-friendly, inspirational, and of higher quality. For more information,

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 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4, and PSoC 5
programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in
capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense touch sensing,
TrueTouch^® touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and
peripherals. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, which enhance
connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial
products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM
memories. Cypress serves numerous major 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, and TrueTouch are registered
trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks are property of
their owners.


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