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Cypress Image Sensor is an analogZONE Product Of The Year

March 1, 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The online publication analogZONE honored Cypress Semiconductor Corp.’s LUPA-300 VGA resolution image sensor with a 2005 "Product of the Year" award. The product, with technology roots growing out of Cypress's acquisition of FillFactory in August of 2004, was selected from hundreds of products reviewed by analogZone's editors for "Best Use of Acquired Technology."

Developed for machine vision and motion analysis applications, the LUPA-300 features a high frame rate and a fully synchronous snapshot shutter, making it possible to read one image while the next is being acquired and to capture moving objects without distortion. A multiple windowing feature enables the user to read out only regions of interest in the image, increasing the effective frame rate. The imager also features a multiple slope capability to capture scenes with a high contrast ratio without saturating bright areas while maintaining good contrast in shadowed regions.

analogZONE offers news, technical notes and commentary in the fields of power management, audio/video, acquisition, connectivity, networking, wireless applications and green engineering. Editor-in-Chief of analogZONE, Paul McGoldrick, said: "For Product of the Year awards we offer our personal opinions as specialists in our fields. Just as every review at analogZONE pulls no punches, every award named reflects a product which we believe will be a significant success."

The low-power LUPA-300 VGA image sensor's pixels have been designed for high sensitivity and low parasitic light sensitivity and feature an active pixel array format of 640 x 480 pixels with 9.9 um2 pixel size. The intra-scene dynamic range can be increased by using the flexible multiple slope operation mode. Operating at 250 frames-per-second (fps), the LUPA-300 features a 10-bit on-chip analog-to-digital converter (ADC) for digital output and on-chip timing control for easy application development. The image sensor is available in both monochrome with micro lenses and RGB color and was developed at Cypress's Mechelen, Belgium facility. Typical applications for Cypress's new LUPA-300 image sensor include motion analysis, robotics, tracking, industrial inspection and metrology.


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