Cypress Announces ARM® Cortex™-M3/PSoC® 5 Design Challenge Winners

SAN JOSE, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 9, 2011 — Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY), today announced the winners of its ARM® Cortex™-M3/ PSoC® 5 Design Challenge, including Grand Prize Winner, Hendrik Lipka (Jena, Germany) for his “Mixed Analog-Digital Scope.” Lipka won a total of $3,500 for his design which utilizes both analog and digital resources in PSoC 5 to create a low cost, mixed-signal oscilloscope.

Cypress named a total of four category champions (digital, analog, component, and community choice), including the Grand Prize winner. Lipka’s mixed signal scope design also won the “digital” category. In the “analog” category, Kelly Clifford’s (Stow, Massachusetts, USA) use of PSoC 5 to determine the frequency of musical notes earned “Musical Instrument Tuner” the winning spot. From the “component” category, a “PSoC 5 Super Spy Car with Bluetooth Control and Monitoring by Mobile Phone,” by Anastasios Kanakis (Sheffield, United Kingdom), took the top position. The super spy car replaces a handheld remote control with a standard mobile phone by integrating Bluetooth into the PSoC 5 architecture. The “community choice” category encompasses all entries and was voted by members of the Cypress Developer Community™. “Implementing FULL CAN Bus in PSoC 5 for Electric Vehicle Development,” by Hakam Saffour (Magdeburg, Germany), was voted the community choice winner. The design converts the analog signals from the electric vehicle’s gas pedal into digital values.

The design challenge aimed to find the most innovative and useful designs from the millions of possibilities available to designers using the Cypress PSoC 5 architecture powered by the ARM Cortex-M3 processor. A total of over $10,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded throughout the contest. More information about the winner’s designs is available at

“The mixed-signal scope combines a full range of analog peripherals, custom PLD logic, CapSense buttons and slider capabilities, with a complex full-function LCD display. It was a great effort to put all of that on one chip,” said T.J. Rodgers, President and CEO of Cypress, and a member of the selection team. “The PSoC in this project integrates 10 discrete components that would cost well over $20.00 if bought separately. Mr. Lipka is certainly a PSoC wizard.”

About PSoC 5

The PSoC 5 architecture integrates a 32-bit ARM Cortex™-M3 core with high-precision programmable analog including 12-bit to 20-bit ADCs, digital logic libraries full of dozens of drop-in peripherals, best-in-class power management and rich connectivity resources. The PSoC Creator IDE introduces a unique schematic-based design methodology along with fully tested, pre-packaged analog and digital peripherals easily customizable through user-intuitive wizards and APIs to meet specific design requirements. More information on the PSoC platform 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 such as PowerPSoC® solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, 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. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable timing devices. 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, PowerPSoC, CapSense and West Bridge are registered trademarks and PSoC Creator and TrueTouch are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks are property of their owners.


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