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SunPower President to Address U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technology Program Review Meeting This Week in Denver.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Dr. Richard Swanson Will Discuss SunPower's Technology Development Roadmap For Cost Reduction and Efficiency Improvement on October 27 at 9:30 a.m.

SunPower Corp., a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY), announced today that its founder and president, Dr. Richard Swanson, will be presenting at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting, being held this week at the Denver Marriott Tech Center Hotel in Denver, Colo. Dr. Swanson's invited plenary presentation, "A Vision for Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells," will be on Wednesday, October 27, at 9:30 a.m.

The DOE's program review meeting is held annually to review and report on all research and development activities. A wide variety of technologies are discussed, ranging from photovoltaics, concentrating solar power, and solar heating and lighting.

Dr. Swanson is a renowned expert in the photovoltaic arena. While a professor at Stanford University, Swanson's team developed a unique silicon solar concentrator cell with funding from the Electric Power Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy. The cell features rear-mounted electrical connections that make the solar cell's entire front surface available to sunlight and subsequently more efficient. The technology earned R&D Magazine's R&D 100 Award in 1994. Dr. Swanson earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and his Ph.D from Stanford University, before establishing SunPower.

SunPower's new A-300 solar cell features a unique, all-back-contact design that maximizes working cell area, hides unsightly wires and simplifies automated production. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently measured the A-300's power efficiency at an industry-best 21.5 percent, where competing production cells typically measure in the 12- to 15-percent range. The cell's low voltage-temperature coefficient, exceptional low-light performance and high sensitivity to light across the entire solar spectrum enable the A-300 to convert virtually every accessible photon into useable electricity, maximizing annual energy production.

About SunPower

SunPower -- a majority-owned subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) -- designs and manufactures high-performance silicon solar cells based on an interdigitated all-back-contact design. The company's initial products were put to use in a variety of high-performance applications, including the NASA-sponsored AeroVironment airplane, "Helios," that flew to a record altitude of 96,863 feet on August 13, 2001. SunPower manufactures its high-performance A-300 solar cells in a new facility outside of Manila, the Philippines. The company currently operates a 25 MW production line there, and is planning to ramp production to more than 100 MW. For more information on SunPower or solar technology, please visit the SunPower website at http://www.sunpowercorp.com.

About Cypress

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) is Connecting from Last Mile to First Mile(TM) with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch and core communications-system applications. Cypress Connects(TM) using wireless, wireline, digital, and optical transmission standards, including USB, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet and DWDM. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers, and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, timing technology solutions and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. More information about Cypress is accessible online at www.cypress.com.

SunPower is a registered trademark of SunPower Corp. Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. "Connecting from Last Mile to First Mile" and "Cypress Connects" are trademarks of Cypress. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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