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Cypress Introduces High-Speed, Small-Form-Factor Non-Volatile SRAM Family


May 24, 2006

RoHS-Compliant nvSRAMs Deliver High Endurance, Non-Volatile Memory with No Battery

SAN JOSE, Calif., - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: CY), today introduced the first products in a family of non-volatile SRAMs (nvSRAMs) that internally store data when power is lost, with no battery required. The elimination of the external battery enables Cypress to deliver the RoHS-compliant, high-speed devices in smaller packages than alternative solutions. The nvSRAMs are ideal for any application requiring continuous high-speed writing of data and absolute non-volatile data security, such as RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) applications, copiers, PoS terminals, handheld meters, and consumer electronics products.

Cypress’s nvSRAMs use a charge stored on an external capacitor instead of a battery, allowing the devices to be manufactured on a standard PCB assembly process for low cost. The devices offer data retention for a minimum of 20 years. Operating with access times as fast as 25 ns, the nvSRAMS are available in 1 Mbit/3V, 256 Kbit/3V, 256 Kbit/5V, 64 Kbit/5V and 16 Kbit/5V configurations. The devices are highly scalable, with all of the configurations available in small 32-pin SOIC packages and the 1-Mbit and 256-Kbit devices also available in 48-pin SSOP packages.

“As a long-term leader in both SRAM and non-volatile memory, Cypress is well positioned to serve this market,” said Tom Surrette, vice president of Non-Volatile Memory for Cypress. “Non-volatile SRAMs are quickly gaining market acceptance due to their high speed and small packages, along with their reliability and ease of integration into our customers’ manufacturing flows.”

In RAID applications, nvSRAMs offer high-speed data transfer while ensuring data integrity in case of power outages. For copiers, nvSRAMs deliver fast data access and eliminate the need for a battery. Handheld meters benefit from the data buffering provided by nvSRAMs for fast access to data being uploaded to a server. For more information about the Cypress family of nvSRAM products, visit

Cypress’s nvSRAM family is currently sampling, with production starting in July 2006" Pricing for the 256 Kbit device starts at under $9.70 in 1000 unit quantities. For a photo of the nvSRAM parts, visit

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


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