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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY), the market leader in capacitive touch-sensing, today announced a teardown by semiconductor-analysis firm Chipworks has found a Cypress
CapSense® controller drives the “menu” and “back” buttons in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The
Chipworks Galaxy Note 3 teardown mentions the phone’s buttons support usage with gloved-fingers, and identifies the new CY8C20055 controller as “likely adding in the glove-friendly feature.
“Chipworks has seen other Cypress Semiconductor CapSense controllers in the Galaxy S family, and we’re now several generations along in both,” the blog post on the teardown adds.
“We are always pleased when our innovative CapSense features—such as gloved-finger sensing, proximity sensing, water tolerance, and passive stylus support—enable differentiated end-products for our customers,” said Dirk Franklin, business unit director for Cypress’s CapSense solutions. “Our design wins with industry-leading companies have gone a long way toward establishing Cypress as the capacitive touch-sensing market leader.”
Cypress's CapSense touch-sensing solutions have replaced over 4.5 billion mechanical buttons in mobile handsets, laptops, consumer electronics, home appliances, medical equipment, automotive applications, and many other systems with mechanical buttons or switches. The portfolio, the industry's broadest and most integrated, enhances industrial design and reliability with the most noise-immune and water tolerant capacitive touch-sensing interfaces, including proximity sensing where direct touch is not required. CapSense controllers feature the industry’s widest operating voltage range and multiple low-power modes, making them highly suitable for regulated and unregulated battery-operated applications. Cypress’s revolutionary SmartSense™ Auto-Tuning algorithm saves design and production cycles, accelerating time-to-market for CapSense customers, while ensuring optimal sensor performance during run-time. More information is available at
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 5 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
Cypress, the Cypress logo, CapSense, PSoC, and TrueTouch are registered trademarks and SmartSense is a trademark of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks are property of their owners.