SAN JOSE--Cypress Semiconductor Corp. moved to extend its Universal Serial Bus activities with the appointment of Cathal Phelan as vice president
of interface products. Cypress said Phelan will oversee the company's launch of new USB 2.0 controllers later this year.
Currently, Cypress claims to be the USB market leader with more than 35 million devices shipped to customers. The San Jose company said it will triple USB sales in 2000 to around $100 million. Samples of USB 2.0 controllers are slated to become available from Cypress in the third quarter. The new USB specification targets speeds up to 480 megabit per second, which is 40 times faster that the USB 1.1 spec.
"Cathal's charter will include building Interface Products beyond the $100 million mark, extending Cypress's USB leadership position to the USB 2.0 market, and creating technology that will enable us to penetrate interface markets of the future," said T.J. Rodgers, Cypress president and CEO. "Cathal is a nine-year Cypress veteran who has been instrumental in leading strategic marketing and new product development for the Memory Products Division, and we are confident that his track record of innovation and success will extend to the fast-growing USB market."
Phelan joined Cypress in 1991, serving most recently as senior director of new memory products. Prior to joining Cypress, Phelan was a member of the technical staff at Philips Research Labs in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.