Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced it has been
selected by L-3 Cincinnati Electronics, a division of L-3
Communications (NYSE: LLL), as a supply partner to manufacture its
Readout Integrated Circuits (ROICs). L-3 CE will design and manufacture
its state-of-the-art ROICs for its cooled infrared detectors using
Cypress's proprietary process technology at the Cypress
Foundry Solutions wafer fabrication facility in Bloomington,
Minnesota. L-3 CE selected Cypress based on the potential for
significant manufacturing yield enhancements for large-die ROIC devices.
The ROICs will be based on Cypress's S8™ mixed-signal 130-nanometer
flash-based SONOS (Silicon Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon) process
technology. SONOS is compatible with standard CMOS technologies and
offers numerous advantages, including high endurance and low power.
Due to the large die size of infrared sensor ROICs, L-3 CE looked for a
manufacturing partner that could provide the lowest percentage of
defects for higher yield. L-3 CE also wanted a partner with proven
expertise in "stitching," or the ability to process dice larger than
standard stepper wafer handling equipment can handle. Cypress meets
these requirements by combining its 130-nm mixed-signal front-end
process with the low-defect density and design rules for precise
stitching of its 90-nm aluminum back-end of line process.
"Based on Cypress's comprehensive defect control strategy, we are
pleased to expand our supplier base to meet the growing demand for
large-format thermal imaging," said Vance King, Vice President and
General Manager of IR Products at L-3 Cincinnati Electronics. "Our
cutting-edge, high-definition sensing technology, combined with
Cypress's proven, high-volume 8-inch 130-nm technology and manufacturing
expertise, enables us to achieve the performance and affordable cost
requirements of U.S. defense markets."
"This agreement continues to validate Cypress's commitment to
high-quality, low-cost manufacturing in the United States," said Mehran
Sedigh, Vice President of Front-End Manufacturing at Cypress. "We have
continued to expand our base of leading-edge customers, such as L-3, for
our Minnesota wafer fab, and we expect this trend to continue as more
companies see the value and service that Cypress Foundry Solutions
The agreement will leverage Cypress's advanced process technology and
transfer expertise along with its Trusted Fab accreditation and quality
certifications for TS16949 and ISO14001. L-3 CE and Cypress expect to
have te product qualified by late 2014.
Cypress manufactures high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable
solutions for a variety of markets, including defense and automotive,
proving a strong fit for L-3 CE, a leader in infrared solutions for
military and commercial applications.
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About L-3 Cincinnati Electronics
L-3 Cincinnati Electronics (L-3 CE) is world-renowned for its expertise
in the areas of electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) detection as well as
space and missile electronics. To learn more about L-3 CE, please visit
the company's website at www.L-3com.com/ce.
About L-3 Communications
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 51,000 people
worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control,
Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems,
platform and logistics solutions, and national security solutions. L-3
is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used
on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2012 sales of
To learn more about L-3, please visit the company's website at www.L-3com.com.
L-3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of material company
information. Financial and other material information regarding L-3 is
routinely posted on the company's website and is readily accessible.
About Cypress's Fab 4
Cypress operates its own wafer fabrication facility in Bloomington,
Minnesota, and offers access to this facility as a Specialty Foundry
Solutions provider. This 8-inch wafer fab manufactures in high volume
down to the 90-nm node with 65-nm capability. It offers process
technologies that integrate SONOS-based nonvolatile memory and precision
analog/mixed-signal capabilities. The facility can handle ITAR material,
and it has been accredited as a Category 1A Trusted Fab for fabrication,
design, and testing of U.S. DoD Trusted Microelectronics. More
information on Cypress Foundry Solutions is available online at www.cypress.com/go/foundry.
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® 1, PSoC
3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is
the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including
CapSense® touch sensing, TrueTouch® touchscreens,
and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is a
world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and
performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress
is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories. Cypress
serves numerous major 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 www.cypress.com.
Cypress, the Cypress logo, TrueTouch, PSoC, and CapSense are registered
trademarks and S8 is a trademark of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All
other trademarks are property of their owners.
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