HALF MOON BAY, Calif. -- What's the next big thing at Cypress Semiconductor Corp.? Try energy and energy harvesting.
After spinning out its sizzling solar-cell unit, Cypress (San Jose, Calif.) is looking for a new engine for growth. The solar unit, SunPower Corp., represented about 63 percent of its total sales in the third quarter alone. In its fourth fiscal quarter, Cypress will no longer consolidate or report SunPower's financial results in its own bottom line.
During a presentation at the Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) here, T.J. Rodgers, founder, president and CEO of Cypress, revealed the next big thing at the company: Cypress Envirosystems.
Not long ago, Cypress formed the group. Cypress Envirosystems, a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor, provides products that save energy and improve productivity for older plants and buildings, Rodgers said.
''Managers at older facilities must often put up with legacy dated technologies such as pneumatic thermostats, mechanical steam traps, and manual gauges. Compared to new state-of-the art plants or buildings, these sites typically consume more energy, require more maintenance labor, incur higher unplanned downtime, and deliver lower yield or productivity,'' according to Cypress Envirosystems.
One recently-announced product from Cypress Envirosystems, the Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat, offers the same functionality as DDC thermostats. Unlike DDC systems, building operators have the flexibility to retrofit only selected zones rather than an entire building all at once. It can operate as a standalone system or can integrate with existing building automation systems such as Siemens, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, and TAC via BACnet.
Another product, the Wireless Steam Trap Monitor, helps to automatically monitor steam traps for failures, and to notify staff in a timely manner to avoid wasting energy. Steam Traps are mechanical devices installed on steam pipes to remove condensate; they are needed to maintain the proper operation of steam distribution systems.