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Cypress Ships 50 Millionth Lead-Free Product; Lead-Free Package Shipments Meet RoHS Requirements.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) today announced it has shipped over 50 million lead-free components. Demand for its products using nickel-palladium-gold frame technology is expected to increase as customers continue to qualify its lead-free components.

"Cypress's migration to backwards-compatible lead-free packaging using nickel-palladium-gold frame technology enables customers to efficiently transition to lead-free platforms without compromising performance, quality, or delivery," said Bob Blazer, vice president of assembly and test operations at Cypress. "We are committed to a 100 percent lead-free product line and supporting customer adoption of environmentally friendly products across the industry."

The move to lead-free semiconductor products is a significant industry-wide initiative. Cypress is working closely with customers, industry organizations and the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation to eliminate not only lead, but also all six RoHS-banned substances from its products. Cypress's lead-free products currently meet RoHS requirements, well ahead of the RoHS-mandated timeline of July 2006.

Cypress has been shipping lead-free components since 2003 and is now offering lead-free packaging for all new integrated circuit (IC) products with the exception of flip chip products. Cypress is also working closely with customers developing and qualifying their own lead-free processes and products while continuing to ship standard (non-lead-free) components to customers whose lead-free processes and products are still under development.

For more information on Cypress's lead-free initiative, please visit the Cypress website at www.cypress.com/support/package/pbfree.cfm.

About Cypress

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) develops high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch, and core communications-system applications. 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.

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