Cypress Enables Instant Programming of Popular Frequencies with Launch of Clock Chip and Self-Serve Programming Kit

New InstaClock(TM) Programmable Clock Generators Address Numerous Applications and Minimize Inventory Requirements

SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 18, 2006— Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), a world leader in timing technology solutions, today introduced a clock chip and self-service programming kit that together enable programming of commonly used frequencies. Designers can use the new InstaClock(TM) Programmable Clock Generator kit to program InstaClock samples with any configuration in a set of defined frequencies in less than a minute, eliminating the lead-time of waiting for custom-programmed parts or for a mask change. Another key customer benefit is that the kit reduces the number of components necessary for multiple frequencies by providing the same footprint for a wide range of configurations and applications. The reprogrammable InstaClock chips feature EMI reduction and VCXO capabilities, and support frequencies used in Ethernet, PCI, USB, HDTV, and audio applications.

The CY36800 programming kit provides access to the most commonly used clock frequencies with a simple software selection and supplies a standard part number that can be ordered from authorized distributors. Additional configurations and frequencies are available as online downloads. The kit allows for instant programming of CY22800 InstaClock samples, meaning the same device can be used to address many common applications for programmable clocks in end-user systems and many crystal- or oscillator-generated frequencies in those systems. By allowing for self-serve programming, the kit enables engineers to streamline the process of tuning clocks and to reduce the development cycle as clock requirements and board designs change during prototype development.

"Cypress's new InstaClock Programmable Clock Generator delivers a significant reduction in lead time for custom programmable clocks, giving designers the ability to simply configure samples in a matter of minutes if their board design changes, instead of waiting days for a supplier to do so," said Scott Harmel, vice president for Cypress's General Purpose Clocks business unit. "The reduction in inventory provided by InstaClock is equally powerful: Instead of ordering five different parts for five different sockets, customers can order a single part number to support different configurations, and perform only one device qualification."

The CY36800 InstaClock Programmable Clock Generator kit contains:

-- Five samples of the CY22800 general purpose InstaClock

-- A programmer board with USB connector and a USB cable

-- A CD-ROM containing software and ordering information.

Cypress's CY22800 general purpose InstaClock features:

-- General Purpose Clock Synthesizer -- Microprocessor, USB, Ethernet, PCI, HDTV, Digital Audio, and other standard frequencies

-- EMI Reduction -- Programmable spread spectrum from +/-0.25% to +/-2.0% and Lexmark Profile for maximum EMI reduction

-- VCXO -- Pull-range of +/-150 ppm provides flexible crystal selection.

Pricing and Availability

The CY36800 InstaClock Programmable Clock Generator Kit is available free of charge from authorized Cypress distributors or for $19.95 from the Cypress Online Store. For more information on the kit, to order, or to download a high-resolution image of the kit, visit The CY22800 general purpose InstaClock is available in an 8-pin SOIC package and is currently in production.

About Cypress

Cypress solutions perform: consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar. Leveraging proprietary silicon processes, Cypress's product portfolio includes a broad selection of wired and wireless USB devices, CMOS image sensors, timing solutions, specialty memories, high-bandwidth synchronous and micropower memory products, optical solutions and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY. Visit us at

Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks and InstaClock is a trademark of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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