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DRS, Cypress to Make Uncooled Detectors

ARLINGTON, Va., and SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013 — DRS Technologies Inc. has announced that it will transfer its state-of-the-art microbolometer technology for uncooled infrared detectors to Cypress Semiconductor Corp. for high-volume manufacturing.

The proprietary production process, developed by DRS Technologies’ Network and Imaging Systems (NIS) Div., will be transferred to Cypress’ 65-nm Class 10 8-in. wafer fabrication facility in Bloomington, Minn. The exclusive agreement will allow DRS Technologies to continue sensor production improvements by taking advantage of Cypress’ advanced manufacturing for significantly reduced wafer costs.

DRS and Cypress expect to have qualified products by early 2014.

“The partnership with Cypress will allow us to better meet the growing demands of the thermal imaging market,” said NIS President Mike Sarrica. With DRS Technologies’ microbolometer production process and Cypress’ technology and manufacturing experience, “we can achieve the high-volume, high-yield and low-cost capabilities that have become requirements of both the commercial and military markets.”

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