Cypress Delivers Smart, Fail-Safe Storage Platform Leveraging Arm Processor for Enhanced Safety and Reliability

Includes First NOR Flash to Bring Trusted Intelligence to Automotive
and Industrial Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY), the embedded solutions leader,
today announced it has embedded compute capabilities into its
next-generation memory platform to address the growing demand for
trusted intelligence and fail-safe storage in applications such as
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and smart factories. The
platform includes standardized intellectual property (IP) that can be
reconfigured quickly to address emerging applications. Cypress’ Semper™
NOR Flash family is based on the platform and is architected with an Arm®
Cortex®-M0 processor to meet industry standards for building
fail-safe embedded automotive systems and to provide reliable,
high-endurance data retention at extreme operating temperatures common
in automotive and industrial applications.

Failure is not an option for mission-critical applications such as
self-driving cars and factory equipment handling costly materials. For
these applications to work every time, they require smarter system
memory that is long-lasting, dependable and designed for functional
safety compliance. Cypress’ Semper devices were designed to achieve the
ISO 26262 functional safety standard using the Cortex-M0 processor to
enable safe boot, processing of complex embedded algorithms, and
functional safety diagnostics. The Semper family includes Cypress’
EnduraFlex™ architecture, which uses the Arm core to independently
optimize the memory array for frequent data writing or for long data
retention. The family also supports demanding instant-on applications
with up to 400 MBps of read bandwidth.

“Traditional methods of pure memory design do not address the market’s
quickly evolving demands for trusted intelligence, which led us to adopt
a completely new approach with standardized IP and embedded computing
capabilities,” said Sam Geha, Executive Vice President of the Memory
Products Division at Cypress. “Cypress’ unique portfolio of Arm-based
microcontrollers and high-performance memories, along with our focus on
quality for the automotive and industrial markets, gave us a distinct
advantage over our competitors in developing our platform for fail-safe
storage solutions such as our Semper NOR Flash family. The platform
demonstrates Cypress’ strategy to focus on mission-critical applications
with longer production cycles and to move away from commoditized

“In an increasingly connected world, there is greater demand for safe,
flexible, low power processing across a broad range of applications,”
said John Ronco, vice president and general manager, Embedded and
Automotive Line of Business, Arm. “When designing for automotive and
industrial applications, robust quality is a necessity and safety cannot
be an afterthought. Cypress’ memory platform and Semper NOR Flash
architecture utilize the Arm Cortex-M0 to deliver the high levels of
safety and reliability required by these markets.”

The Semper Flash family includes AEC-Q100 automotive-qualified devices
with densities up to 4Gb and an extended temperature range of -40°C to
+125°C. The EnduraFlex architecture simplifies system design by enabling
a Semper Flash device to be divided into multiple partitions. For
frequent data writes, a partition can be configured to deliver up to
2.56 million cycles for 1Gb parts, while for code and configuration
storage, a partition can be configured to retain data for 25 years. More
information on the Semper Flash family is available at

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About Cypress

Cypress is the leader in advanced embedded system solutions for the
world’s most innovative automotive, industrial, smart home appliances,
consumer electronics and medical products. Cypress’ microcontrollers,
wireless and USB-based connectivity solutions, analog ICs and reliable,
high-performance memories help engineers design differentiated products
and get them to market first. Cypress is committed to providing
customers with the best support and development resources on the planet
enabling them to disrupt markets by creating new product categories in
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