Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, broad line chip maker Cypress Semiconductor (NYSE:CY) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Cypress' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Cypress facts

Headquarters (Founded)

San Jose, Calif. (1982)

Market Cap

$1.5 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$683 million


Co-Founder/CEO Dr. T. J. Rodgers

CFO Brad Buss

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$245.6 million / $27.7 million

Key Customers

Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR)

CAPS Members Bullish on CY Also Bullish on


Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)

CAPS Members Bearish on CY Also Bearish on

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), Morningstar, and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95.1% of the 719 members who have rated Cypress believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Alberio and All-Star Teacherman1, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Just a couple of months ago, Alberio reminded Fools that, "Cypress has focused in markets where it does dominate (i.e. SRAM or USB) and markets where it can dominate (i.e. programmable consumer solutions like capacitive touch, touch screen, LED lighting control)." Our CAPS member concludes: "Couple this with a single minded focus on cost reduction and you have a money making machine."

In a pitch from last week, Teacherman1 expands on the chip maker as a potent place to push in some chips:

At the end of 2Q it had assets of better than 3 times total liabilities. Its cash and near cash were greater than its total liabilities, and it has virtually no debt. ... With a recovery in the economy and sales coming back to historical levels, they are poised for strong growth from their current position. They did show relatively small losses for the first two quarters of 2009, but this is again on a continued low sales level. They have some new products coming on line, which along with economic growth should make them a very good candidate to be at least a "3 bagger" from their current level.

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