cypress semiconductor corp (CY) Key Developments
ZTE Selects Cypress Semiconductor Corp.'s TrueTouch Gen5 Touchscreen Controller for Top-Of-The-Line Nubia X6 Superphone
Jun 24 14
ZTE selected the TrueTouch(R) Gen5 capacitive touchscreen controller from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. for its premium brand nubia X6 superphone. The new phone leverages the Gen5 TMA568 controller's market-leading gloved finger tracking for its dynamic 6.44-inch touchscreen display. The feature enables users to operate the phone even while wearing thick gloves, such as those used by skiers, and it automatically switches between glove and finger tracking without any manual configuration. The Gen5 solution also delivers superior finger tracking and sensitivity to the nubia X6.
Cypress Forms Strategic Partnership with IDEX to Develop Advanced Fingerprint Recognition Solutions
May 27 14
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced a new strategic partnership with IDEX ASA to develop fingerprint recognition solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, Cypress will offer its customers fingerprint solutions based on IDEX's fingerprint imaging and recognition technology, alongside Cypress's portfolio of TrueTouch(R) touchscreen controllers, CapSense(R) touch-sensing controllers and trackpad solutions. The combination will streamline the design of personal security and sleek user interfaces for smartphones, tablets, wearables, identity cards and a host of Internet of Things applications. Security is becoming a must-have for Internet-connected devices that carry users' most important personal information. IDEX has developed unique fingerprint sensor technology that enables the controller to be separated from the capacitive sensing area, resulting in the most compact silicon combined with a flexible form factor sensor. The patented fingerprint-sensing IP from IDEX will enable Cypress to offer high-performance fingerprint security solutions optimized for integration into mobile devices. Cypress will work with IDEX's existing qualified sensor partners to provide customers with fast time to market and superior performance.
Cypress Semiconductor Expands Presence in China and Korea with Addition of Five New Distribution Partners
May 20 14
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation announced it has signed agreements with five new distribution partners in Asia. The agreements with Dadoutek, Sekorm and Lierda in China and HB Corporation and STC Corporation in Korea are effective immediately, expanding the reach of Cypress's sales force in the region. The distribution partners will sell the entire Cypress product line, including PSoC(R) Programmable System-on-Chip devices, touch-sensing solutions, SRAM and nonvolatile memories, USB controllers and more. The PSoC 4000 family offers a low-cost, entry-level 32-bit ARM(R) -based system-on-chip for quick, simple upgrades of legacy 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers. The family delivers PSoC's hallmark design flexibility, along with Cypress's capacitive sensing technology, to cost-sensitive and high-volume applications. PSoC 4000 devices have a truly scalable architecture that enables seamless migration to larger PSoC 4 families.
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. Introduces Asynchronous SRAMs with On-Chip Error-Correcting Code for Superior Reliability
May 15 14
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced the sampling of a 16 Mb Fast Asynchronous SRAM with Error-Correcting Code (ECC). The on-chip ECC feature enables the new SRAMs to provide the high levels of data reliability, without the need for additional error correction chips -- simplifying designs and reducing board space. The devices ensure data reliability in a wide variety of industrial, military, communication, data processing, medical, consumer and automotive applications. Soft errors caused by background radiation can corrupt memory content, resulting in a loss of critical data. A hardware ECC block in Cypress's new Asynchronous SRAMs performs all error correction functions inline, without user intervention, delivering best-in-class Soft Error Rate (SER) performance. The 16 Mb Fast Asynchronous SRAM achieves a 10-ns access time and is pin-compatible with current Asynchronous SRAMs, enabling customers to boost system reliability while retaining board layout. Cypress has also introduced a new Fast SRAM with PowerSnooze(TM) family that combines the 10-ns access times of Fast SRAMs with low standby power comparable to that of Cypress's low-power MoBL(R) (More Battery Life(TM)) SRAM family. PowerSnooze is an additional power-saving Deep Sleep mode that achieves 12 uA (typical) deep-sleep current for a 16 Mb SRAM. The 16 Mb Fast SRAM with PowerSnooze also offers on-chip ECC. The Cypress 16-Mbit Asynchronous SRAMs are offered in industry standard x8, x16 and x32 configurations. The devices operate at multiple voltages (1.8V, 3V, and 5V) over -40 C to +85 C (Industrial) and -40 C to +125 C (Automotive-E) temperature ranges. The new 16 Mb Fast SRAM and 16 Mb Fast SRAM with PowerSnooze are currently sampling in industrial temperature grade, with production expected in October 2014. These devices will be available in RoHS compliant 48-pin TSOP I, 48-ball VFBGA, 119-ball BGA and 54-pin TSOP II packages.
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. Introduces its Fourth-Generation 2.4-GHz WirelessUSB radio-on-a-chip
May 14 14
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced its fourth-generation 2.4-GHz WirelessUSB radio-on-a-chip. The new WirelessUSB NX transceiver delivers Cypress's hallmark robust performance along with ultra-low power consumption, aided by a fast 2 Mbps data rate to limit time spent transmitting and receiving. The solution enables three years of battery life for wireless mice, keyboards, trackpads, remote controls and other Human Interface Devices (HIDs). Cypress is the only supplier to offer a complete HID solution, supporting advanced features and streamlined designs with WirelessUSB NX, low-power microcontrollers and best-in-class capacitive touch sensing technology. End users demand long battery life for wireless HIDs, making a low power consumption radio a must. WirelessUSB NX operates at 900 nA in sleep mode where HIDs spend most of their time, and it offers low active current of 12 mA in transmit mode and 15 mA in receive mode. As with other Cypress WirelessUSB families, the NX radio offers superior performance in the presence of common 2.4-GHz interference from sources such as WiFi, Bluetooth, cordless phones and microwaves. WirelessUSB NX is complemented by Cypress's highly integrated encore VI microcontroller, PSoC 4 system-on-chip devices and complete trackpad modules for sleek, robust touch interfaces, offering manufacturers a single source of supply and support. WirelessUSB NX offers compatibility with common RF devices that are currently designed into wireless HIDs. Compatibility with these solutions enables customers to reuse existing firmware to reduce development time. The Received Signal Strength Indicator feature on WirelessUSB NX supports a 5-bit reading for signal strength and a 4-bit reading for noise strength. This provides more accuracy and finer control for wireless systems. The WirelessUSB NX transceiver is offered in an RF-tested 24-QFN package (CYRF9935) and is available in production volumes.