November 8, 2011

Cypress Semiconductor founder TJ Rodgers unveiled a new chip packaging venture that he expects will improve on existing technology by ten times and which he hopes will lead to a future stock market spin-off.

Cypress, whose touchscreen technology is widely used in smartphones, including Samsung’s Galaxy lineup, is launching Deca Technologies with an investment of about $35 million, Rodgers told reporters late on Tuesday.

The new subsidiary is part of Cypress’s Emerging Technology Division, while one-time Cypress subsidiary SunPower has contributed intellectual property and factory space and holds a minority stake along with key employees.

Wafer-level packaging relates to putting the final touches on integrated circuits before manufacturers slice the silicon wafers on which they are made into individual chips.

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