Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY), today announced production availability of a high-density video frame buffer that addresses the market’s increasing demand for high-bandwidth video buffering. The 72-Mbit device is based on Cypress’s industry-leading SRAM technology, operating as a First-In, First-Out ( FIFO) memory with independent read and write ports for fast data transfer. The video frame buffer provides a simple SRAM-based interface that reduces implementation and debugging effort, improves time-to-market, and reduces engineering costs. High-definition video usage is increasing in medical and military applications, along with its booming popularity in the consumer electronics market. The new CYFB0072 video frame buffer provides an effective alternative to standard DRAM-based FIFO memories used in these markets. The device delivers enhanced signal integrity and operates at frequencies up to 133 MHz with throughput up to 4.8 Gbps—commonly required for buffering video frames. With the ability to operate in any system that needs buffering at high speeds across different clock domains, the video frame buffers are ideal for a wide range of video and image processing applications, including picture-in-picture and interlacing in HD cameras, scan rate conversion in broadcast equipment, image scanning and enhancement in medical equipment, and radar and sonar in military systems. “With the push for high-bandwidth video applications in a broad range of markets, Cypress’s new video frame buffer solution will help system designers get their products to market faster and with improved performance,” said Sunil Thamaran, senior business unit director in the Memory Products Division at Cypress. “The device provides a more stable, cost-effective alternative to DRAM-based FIFOs to meet the rapidly growing demand for video buffering.” The 72-Mbit video frame buffer is configured in a bus width of 36 bits. Unlike DRAM-based buffer solutions, it operates in the industrial temperature range of -40 °C to +85 °C and does not require an external crystal. The device is available in low voltage complementary metal oxide semiconductor (LVCMOS), with the CYFB0072V33L device supporting 3.3V operation and the CYFB0072V18 device supporting 1.8V operation.
Availability and PhotoThe CYFB0072 video frame buffer is shipping in production quantities today and is available in a 14 mm x 22 mm 209-ball BGA package. A high-resolution photo is available for download at www.cypress.com/go/VFBphoto. About Cypress 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, PSoC, CapSense, and TrueTouch are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks are property of their owners.