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                       CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
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                                                                  March 28, 1998
 
Dear Stockholder:
 
     You are cordially invited to attend the Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on Friday, May 15, 1998 at 10:00 a.m.,
local time, at the Company's offices located at 3939 North First Street, San
Jose, California 95134.
 
     At the Annual Meeting, you will be asked to consider the Company's proposal
regarding the composition of the Company's Board of Directors and a
stockholder's proposal regarding the same issue. While the Company's proposal
would formalize a longstanding policy of seeking the best possible candidates
for the Company's Board of Directors based on criteria such as industry
expertise and management experience, without regard to race, gender, age,
national origin, religion, sexual orientation or physical limitations, the
stockholder's proposal would require the Company to make factors such as race
and gender a priority in the Board nominee selection process. Cypress strongly
believes that the only criteria which should be used in the process of selecting
nominees for the board of a semiconductor company are those which relate to the
nominee's ability to run such a company well. We therefore strongly urge you to
support the Company's proposal and vote against the stockholder proposal.
 
     You will also be asked at the meeting to elect five directors and ratify
the appointment of Price Waterhouse LLP as the Company's independent accountants
for this fiscal year and approve the Board's adoption of an amendment to the
Company's Employee Qualified Stock Purchase Plan. The amendment increases the
maximum number of shares which may be sold under the purchase plan by 2,500,000
shares, and provides for an annual increase equal to 1.5% of the Company's
outstanding shares as of the last day of each fiscal year (treating any shares
acquired by the Company during the fiscal year as being outstanding on such
date).
 
     Cypress Semiconductor Corporation has a long-standing policy of encouraging
employee equity ownership. We believe that amendment of the Employee Qualified
Stock Purchase Plan, which will allow the Company to continue to provide an
important means of equity compensation to its employees, will help contribute to
high levels of performance by recipients of the equity and also provide an
effective means of recognizing contributions to the Company's success. These
equity compensation programs permit the Company's officers and other employees
to benefit from the success of the Company's business along with the other
stockholders. The Company has ongoing, systematic stock repurchase programs
designed to minimize dilution from future stock issuances.
 
     We hope you will be able to attend the Annual Meeting on May 15th for a
report on the status of the Company's business and performance during 1997 and
near-term plans. There will be an opportunity for stockholders to ask questions.
Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please sign and return the
enclosed proxy card to ensure your representation at the meeting.
 
                                          Very truly yours,
 
                                          T.J. RODGERS, President and CEO

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                       CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
 
                    NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
                                  MAY 15, 1998
 
TO THE STOCKHOLDERS:
 
     NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Cypress
Semiconductor Corporation (the "Company"), a Delaware corporation, will be held
on Friday, May 15, 1998 at 10:00 a.m., local time, at its offices located at
3939 North First Street, San Jose, California 95134, for the following purposes:
 
     1. To elect five directors to serve for the ensuing year and until their
        successors are elected.
 
     2. To ratify the appointment of Price Waterhouse LLP as independent
        accountants of the Company for the fiscal year ending December 28, 1998.
 
     3. To approve amendments to the Company's Employee Qualified Stock Purchase
        Plan to increase the number of shares reserved for issuance thereunder
        by 2,500,000 shares, and to provide for an annual increase in the number
        of shares available for issuance under the plan effective on the first
        day of each year.
 
     4. To vote on the Company's proposal regarding the composition of the
        Company's Board of Directors.
 
     5. If properly presented, to vote on a stockholder's proposal regarding the
        composition of the Company's Board of Directors which proposal is
        OPPOSED by the Company.
 
     6. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting
        or any adjournment thereof.
 
     The foregoing items of business are more fully described in the Proxy
Statement accompanying this Notice.
 
     Only stockholders of record at the close of business on March 16, 1998 are
entitled to receive notice of, to attend and to vote at the meeting and any
adjournment thereof.
 
     All stockholders are cordially invited to attend the meeting in person. Any
stockholder attending the meeting may vote in person even if such stockholder
returned a proxy.
 
                                          FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
                                          EMMANUEL HERNANDEZ, Secretary
 
San Jose, California
March 28, 1998
 
IMPORTANT: WHETHER OR NOT YOU EXPECT TO ATTEND THE MEETING, PLEASE COMPLETE,
DATE AND SIGN THE ENCLOSED PROXY AND MAIL IT PROMPTLY IN THE ENCLOSED ENVELOPE
IN ORDER TO ENSURE REPRESENTATION OF YOUR SHARES. NO POSTAGE NEED BE AFFIXED IF
MAILED IN THE UNITED STATES.
 
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                       CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
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               PROXY STATEMENT FOR ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
 
     The enclosed Proxy is solicited on behalf of the Board of Directors of
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (the "Company") for use at the Company's
Annual Meeting of Stockholders ("Annual Meeting") to be held Friday, May 15,
1998, at 10:00 a.m., local time, or at any adjournment(s) or postponement(s)
thereof, for the purposes set forth herein and in the accompanying Notice of
Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The Annual Meeting will be held at 3939 North
First Street, San Jose, California 95134.
 
     The Company's principal executive offices are located at 3901 North First
Street, San Jose, California 95134. The telephone number at that address is
(408) 943-2600.
 
     These proxy solicitation materials were mailed on or about March 28, 1998
to all stockholders entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.
 
                 INFORMATION CONCERNING SOLICITATION AND VOTING
 
RECORD DATE AND SHARES OUTSTANDING
 
     Stockholders of record at the close of business on March 16, 1998 (the
"Record Date") are entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the Annual Meeting. At
the Record Date, ________ shares of the Company's Common Stock were outstanding
(the "Common Stock").
 
REVOCABILITY OF PROXIES
 
     Any proxy given pursuant to this solicitation may be revoked by the person
giving it at any time before its use by delivering to the Secretary of the
Company a written notice of revocation or a duly executed proxy bearing a later
date or by attending the Annual Meeting and voting in person.
 
VOTING AND SOLICITATION
 
     Every stockholder voting for the election of directors may cumulate such
stockholder's votes and give one candidate a number of votes equal to the number
of directors to be elected multiplied by the number of votes to which the
stockholder's shares are entitled, or distribute such stockholder's votes on the
same principle among as many candidates as the stockholder may select, provided
that votes cannot be cast for more than five candidates. However, no stockholder
shall be entitled to cumulate votes unless the candidate's name has been placed
in nomination prior to the voting and the stockholder, or any other stockholder,
has given notice at the meeting prior to the voting of the intention to cumulate
the stockholder's votes. On all other matters each share has one vote.
 
     The cost of this solicitation will be borne by the Company. The Company may
reimburse brokerage firms and other persons representing beneficial owners of
shares for their expenses in forwarding solicitation material to such beneficial
owners. Proxies may also be solicited by certain of the Company's directors,
officers and regular employees, without additional compensation, personally or
by telephone or telegram.
 
QUORUM; ABSTENTIONS; BROKER NON-VOTES
 
     The required quorum for the transaction of business at the Annual Meeting
is a majority of the shares of Common Stock outstanding on the Record Date.
Shares that are voted "FOR," "AGAINST" or "WITHHELD" from a matter are treated
as being present at the meeting for purposes of establishing a quorum and are
also treated as votes eligible to be cast by the Common Stock present in person
or represented by proxy at the Annual Meeting and "entitled to vote on the
subject matter" (the "Votes Cast") with respect to such matter.
 
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     While abstentions (votes "WITHHELD") will be counted for purposes of
determining both the presence or absence of a quorum for the transaction of
business and the total number of Votes Cast with respect to a particular matter,
broker non-votes with respect to proposals set forth in this Proxy Statement
will not be considered Votes Cast and, accordingly, will not affect the
determination as to whether the requisite majority of Votes Cast has been
obtained with respect to a particular matter.
 
COST OF SOLICITING PROXIES
 
     The cost of soliciting proxies (in the form of Written Consent attached
hereto) has been, or will be, borne by the Company. The Company has retained
Georgeson & Co. Inc. to assist in the solicitation of proxies at an estimated
fee of $6,500 plus reimbursement of reasonable expenses. In addition to
solicitation by mail, the Company requests banks, brokers and other custodians,
nominees and fiduciaries to send Proxy Statements to the beneficial owners and
to secure their instructions as to consents. The Company may reimburse such
banks, brokers and other custodians, nominees, fiduciaries and other persons
representing beneficial owners of Shares for their expenses in forwarding
solicitation material to such beneficial owners.
 
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS
 
     Proposals of stockholders of the Company which are intended to be presented
by such stockholders at the Company's 1999 Annual Meeting of Stockholders must
be received by the Company no later than November 28, 1998 in order to be
included in the proxy statement and form of proxy relating to that meeting.
 
                                  PROPOSAL ONE
 
                             ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
 
NOMINEES
 
     A Board of five directors is to be elected at the meeting. Unless otherwise
instructed, the proxy holders will vote the proxies received by them for the
five nominees named below, all of whom are presently directors of the Company.
In the event that any nominee is unable or declines to serve as a director at
the time of the Annual Meeting, the proxies will be voted for any nominee who
shall be designated by the present Board of Directors to fill the vacancy. In
the event that additional persons are nominated for election as directors, the
proxy holders intend to vote all proxies received by them in such a manner in
accordance with cumulative voting as will ensure the election of as many of the
nominees listed below as possible. In such event, the specific nominees for whom
such votes will be cumulated will be determined by the proxy holders. The term
of office of each person elected as a director will continue until the next
Annual Meeting of Stockholders or until his successor has been elected and
qualified. It is not expected that any nominee will be unable or will decline to
serve as a director.
 
     The name of and certain information regarding each nominee is set forth
below.
 

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                                                                                       DIRECTOR
             NAME OF NOMINEE                AGE(1)        PRINCIPAL OCCUPATION          SINCE
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<S>                                         <C>       <C>                              <C>
T.J. Rodgers..............................    50      President and Chief Executive      1982
                                                      Officer of the Company
Pierre R. Lamond..........................    67      General Partner, Sequoia           1983
                                                      Partners
Fred B. Bialek............................    64      Business Consultant                1991
Eric A. Benhamou..........................    42      President and Chief Executive      1993
                                                      Officer of 3COM Corporation
John C. Lewis.............................    62      Chairman of the Board of           1993
                                                      Amdahl Corporation
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     Except as set forth below, each of the nominees has been engaged in his
principal occupation described above during the past five years. There are no
family relationships among directors or executive officers of the Company.
 
     T.J. Rodgers is a co-founder of the Company and has been its President and
Chief Executive Officer since 1982. Mr. Rodgers serves as a director of Vitesse
Semiconductor Corporation and C-Cube Corporation.
 
     Pierre R. Lamond has been a general partner of Sequoia Partners, which
manages several venture capital funds, including Sequoia Capital IV, Sequoia
Capital V and Sequoia Capital Growth Fund, since 1981. Mr. Lamond serves as a
director of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation, CKS Group, Inc. and a number of
private companies.
 
     Fred B. Bialek has been an independent business consultant since November
1986, during which time he has been active in the negotiation and execution of
merger and acquisition transactions for semiconductor and other technology
companies. Mr. Bialek has acted as a consultant to Cypress in certain of its
acquisitions, including Cypress Semiconductor (Minnesota) Inc. ("CMI"), the
Company's third wafer fabrication facility. Mr. Bialek, who was a founder of
National Semiconductor Corporation, has over 30 years operating experience in
semiconductor and related technology industries.
 
     Eric A. Benhamou was Vice President and General Manager of 3COM Corporation
("3COM"), a data Networking company, from September 1987 to April 1990. From
April 1990 to September 1990, he was Chief Operating Officer of 3COM. In
September 1990, he was promoted to and has since served as Chairman of the
Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of 3COM. Mr. Benhamou also serves
as a director of 3COM, Netscape Communications Corporation and Legato Systems
Inc.
 
     John C. Lewis has been Chairman of the Board of Amdahl Corporation, a
computer manufacturer, since 1987. He was President of Amdahl from 1977 until
1987, and Chief Executive Officer of Amdahl from 1983 until 1992. Mr. Lewis also
serves as a director of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation and Pinnacle Systems,
Inc.
 
REQUIRED VOTE
 
     The five nominees receiving the highest number of affirmative votes of the
shares present or represented and entitled to be voted for them shall be elected
as directors. Votes withheld from any director are counted for purposes of
determining the presence or absence of a quorum for the transaction of business,
but have no further legal effect under Delaware law.
 
BOARD MEETINGS AND COMMITTEES
 
     Pierre R. Lamond serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Company. The Board of Directors held a total of seven meetings during the fiscal
year ended December 29, 1997. During fiscal 1997, each director attended all
such meetings of the Board of Directors and of the committees, if any, upon
which such director served. The Board of Directors has an Audit Committee and a
Compensation Committee. The Board of Directors does not have a nominating
committee or any committee performing similar functions.
 
     The Audit Committee, which consists of Messrs. Lamond and Lewis, consults
with the Company's independent accountants concerning the scope of the audit and
reviews with them the results of their examination; and reviews and approves any
material accounting policy changes affecting the Company's operating results and
reviews the Company's control procedures and personnel. The Audit Committee held
two meetings in fiscal 1997.
 
     The Compensation Committee, which consists of Messrs. Lamond and Benhamou,
reviews compensation and benefits for the Company's senior executives and has
authority to grant stock options under the Company's 1994 Stock Option Plan, as
amended (the "1994 Option Plan") to employees and consultants (including
officers and directors who are also employees or consultants of the Company).
The Compensation Committee held four meetings during fiscal 1997.
 
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COMPENSATION OF DIRECTORS
 
  Standard Arrangements
 
     Directors who are not employees receive $5,000 each quarter.
 
     The 1994 Option Plan provides for the automatic grant of nonstatutory
options to outside directors of the Company. Each outside director is granted an
initial option to purchase 80,000 shares of Common Stock (the "Initial Option")
and an additional option to purchase 20,000 shares of Common Stock (a
"Subsequent Option") on a date one year after the date of grant of the Initial
Option and on the same date each year thereafter. The Initial Option becomes
exercisable over a five-year period in annual installments of 16,000 shares,
with the first such installment exercisable one year from the outside director's
election to the Board. The Subsequent Options become exercisable five years
after the date on which they are granted in annual installments of 4,000 shares,
with the first such installments exercisable one year from the date of grant.
Consequently, the 1994 Option Plan provides for an on-going vesting program of
20,000 shares per year to outside directors. The exercise price of options
granted under the 1994 Option Plan is the fair market value of the Company's
Common Stock on the date of grant.
 
  Other Arrangements
 
     The Company has a consulting relationship with one of its directors, Fred
B. Bialek. See "Certain Transactions."
 
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                                   MANAGEMENT
 
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT
 
     The following table sets forth certain information regarding beneficial
ownership of the Company's Common Stock as of the Record Date by (i) each person
who is known by the Company to own beneficially more than 5% of the Company's
Common Stock, (ii) each of the Company's directors, (iii) the Company's Chief
Executive Officer and each of the five other most highly compensated individuals
who served as executive officers of the Company at fiscal year end (the "Named
Officers") and (iv) all individuals who served as directors or executive
officers at fiscal year end as a group:
 

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                                                                SHARES BENEFICIALLY OWNED
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          DIRECTORS, OFFICERS AND 5% STOCKHOLDERS                 NUMBER          PERCENT
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<S>                                                             <C>              <C>
DIRECTORS
  T.J. Rodgers(1)...........................................     2,199,158         2.4%
  Pierre R. Lamond(2).......................................       190,202            *
  Fred B. Bialek(3).........................................       289,836            *
  Eric A. Benhamou(4).......................................        87,000            *
  John C. Lewis(5)..........................................       107,000            *
NAMED OFFICERS
  J. Daniel McCranie(6).....................................       169,604            *
  Antonio R. Alvarez(7).....................................       188,120            *
  Emmanuel T. Hernandez(8)..................................       171,063            *
  Lothar Maier(9)...........................................       212,528            *
  James D. Kupec(10)........................................        73,335            *
All directors and executive officers at fiscal year end as a
  group (10 persons)(11)....................................     3,687,846          4.1
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  *  Less than 1%.
 
 (1) Mr. Rodgers is also President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
     Includes 825,939 shares held directly and options to purchase 1,373,219
     shares of Common Stock exercisable within 60 days of the Record Date.
 
 (2) Includes 122,536 shares held by the Lamond Living Trust. Also includes
     options held by Mr. Lamond to purchase 67,666 shares of Common Stock
     exercisable within 60 days of the Record Date.
 
 (3) Represents options to purchase 289,836 shares of Common Stock exercisable
     within 60 days of the Record Date.
 
 (4) Represents options to purchase 87,000 shares of Common Stock exercisable
     within 60 days of the Record Date.
 
 (5) Represents options to purchase 107,000 shares of Common Stock exercisable
     within 60 days of the Record Date.
 
 (6) Includes 4,627 shares held directly. Also includes options held by Mr.
     McCranie to purchase 164,977 shares of Common Stock exercisable within 60
     days of the Record Date.
 
 (7) Represents options to purchase 188,120 shares of Common Stock exercisable
     within 60 days of the Record Date.
 
 (8) Includes 2,700 shares held directly and 7,528 shares transferred to his
     children. Also includes options held by Mr. Hernandez to purchase 160,835
     shares of Common Stock exercisable within 60 days of the Record Date.
 
 (9) Includes 41,114 shares held directly. Also includes options held by Mr.
     Maier to purchase 171,414 shares of Common Stock exercisable within 60 days
     of the Record Date.
 
(10) Includes 10,409 shares held directly. Also includes options held by Mr.
     Kupec to purchase 62,926 shares of Common Stock exercisable within 60 days
     of the Record Date.
 
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(11) Includes 1,014,853 shares held directly by executive officers and directors
     of the Company. Also includes options to purchase an aggregate of 2,672,993
     shares of Common Stock exercisable within 60 days of the Record Date.
 
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION
 
     The following table shows, as to each of the Named Officers, information
concerning compensation paid for services to the Company in all capacities
during the three fiscal years ended December 29, 1997.
 
                           SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
 

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                                                                          LONG-TERM
                                                                         COMPENSATION
                                                                            AWARDS
                                            ANNUAL COMPENSATION           SECURITIES          ALL
                                      --------------------------------    UNDERLYING         OTHER
 NAME AND PRINCIPAL POSITION    YEAR  SALARY(1)   BONUS(2)    OTHER(4)    OPTIONS(#)    COMPENSATION(5)
 ---------------------------    ----  ---------   --------    --------   ------------   ---------------
<S>                             <C>   <C>         <C>         <C>        <C>            <C>
T.J. Rodgers..................  1997  $327,626    $  1,151    $12,199(3)   200,000          $1,200
  President, Chief Executive    1996  $278,976    $  1,250    $ 2,500(3)   300,000              --
  Officer and Director          1995  $278,884    $236,813         --      200,000              --
 
J. Daniel McCranie............  1997  $288,263    $  1,175    $    --       70,000          $  392
  Vice President,               1996  $259,345    $  1,250         --       52,500          $  600
  Marketing and Sales           1995  $268,212    $219,793         --           --          $  208
 
Antonio R. Alvarez............  1997  $228,261    $    993    $    --       52,000              --
  Senior Vice President,        1996  $196,285    $  1,250     94,500           --              --
  Research and Development      1995  $195,625    $160,043    $11,775      146,930              --
 
Lothar Maier..................  1997  $215,818    $    952    $17,808(3)    60,000          $  623
  Vice President, Worldwide     1996  $180,265    $  1,250    $88,027       52,500          $  454
  Wafer Manufacturing,          1995  $184,730    $157,317    $61,354      160,060          $  450
  and President Cypress
  Semiconductor (Minnesota)
  Inc.
 
Emmanuel T. Hernandez.........  1997  $219,670    $    993         --      200,000          $  577
  Vice President, Finance and   1996  $180,265    $  1,250         --       52,500          $  600
  Administration, and Chief     1995  $171,685    $162,167         --      116,458              --
  Financial Officer
 
James D. Kupec................  1997  $217,312    $    899    $ 8,360           --              --
  Senior Vice President,        1996  $183,729    $  1,250         --      165,500              --
  Business Development          1995  $169,168    $168,309         --      156,938              --
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(1) Compensation is included in the year earned.
 
(2) Includes cash bonus awarded to each employee under the Company's New Product
    Bonus Plan in fiscal 1997. Fiscal 1995 bonuses include amounts earned under
    the Company's 1995 key employee bonus plan by virtue of the Company's
    achievement of a target level of earnings per share, as well as success in
    accomplishing certain group- and individual-specific goals, in fiscal 1995.
    No bonuses were earned under the 1996 key employee bonus plan or 1997 key
    employee bonus plan; however, bonuses earned in the fourth quarter of fiscal
    1995 were paid in fiscal 1996 and 1997 and were dependent upon each
    employee's continuous status as an employee of the Company at the time of
    such payout.
 
(3) Includes cash bonus of $2,500 and $1,500 earned and paid to Mr. Rodgers
    under the Company's Patent Award Program in fiscal 1996 and 1997,
    respectively, and a cash bonus of $1,000 earned and paid to Mr. Maier under
    the Company's Patent Award Program in fiscal 1997.
 
(4) Represents 14 year service award to Mr. Rogers of $10,699, to Mr. Maier of
    $8,846 and to Mr. Kupec of $8,360. Also represents cash payout of PTO earned
    by Mr. Maier of $7,962.
 
(5) Represents that portion of the Company's contribution toward the purchase of
    computers made pursuant to its Computer Purchase Program, which is available
    to all employees.
 
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     The following table shows, as to each of the Named Officers, option grants
during the last fiscal year and the potential realizable value of those options,
assuming 5% and 10% appreciation, at the end of their term:
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                     OPTION GRANTS IN FISCAL 1997
                                          INDIVIDUAL GRANTS
                         ----------------------------------------------------
                                        % OF TOTAL                                POTENTIAL REALIZABLE VALUE
                         NUMBER OF       OPTIONS                                    AT ASSUMED ANNUAL RATE
                         SECURITIES     GRANTED TO                               OF STOCK PRICE APPRECIATION
                         UNDERLYING    EMPLOYEES IN                                    FOR OPTION TERM
                          OPTIONS         FISCAL       EXERCISE    EXPIRATION    ----------------------------
         NAME            GRANTED(1)      YEAR(2)       PRICE(3)     DATE(4)         5%(5)           10%(6)
         ----            ----------    ------------    --------    ----------    ------------    ------------
<S>                      <C>           <C>             <C>         <C>           <C>             <C>
T.J. Rodgers...........   200,000          3.6%         $11.56      10/23/07      1,454,004       3,684,733
J. Daniel R.
  McCranie.............    70,000          1.3%         $11.56      10/23/07        508,902       1,289,656
Antonio L. Alvarez.....    52,000          0.9%         $11.56      10/23/07        378,041         958,030
Lothar Maier...........    60,000          1.1%         $11.56      10/23/07        436,201       1,105,420
Emmanuel T. Hernandez..   200,000          3.6%         $11.56      10/23/07      1,454,004       3,684,733
James D. Kupec.........         0          0.0%             --            --             --              --
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(1) Options granted under the Company's 1994 Stock Option Plan typically have a
    ten-year term, vest over a five-year period of employment and have an
    exercise price equal to market value on the date of grant.
 
(2) Options to purchase an aggregate of 5,497,658 shares of Common Stock of the
    Company were granted to employees during the fiscal year ended December 29,
    1997.
 
(3) The exercise price may be paid by check, cash or delivery of shares that are
    already owned.
 
(4) Options may terminate before their expiration dates if the optionee's status
    as an employee or consultant is terminated, upon the optionee's death or
    upon an acquisition of the Company.
 
(5) Potential realizable value is based on an assumption that the market price
    of the stock appreciates at the stated rate, compounded annually, from the
    date of grant until the end of the ten-year option term. These values are
    calculated based on requirements promulgated by the Securities and Exchange
    Commission and do not reflect the Company's estimate of future stock price
    appreciation. Annual compounding results in total appreciation of 63% (at 5%
    per year) and 159% (at 10% per year). If the price of the Company's Common
    Stock were to increase at such rates from the price at 1997 fiscal year end
    ($8.63 per share) over the next ten years, the resulting stock prices at 5%
    and 10% appreciation would be $14.06 and $22.38, respectively.
 
     The following table shows, for each of the Named Officers, information
concerning options exercised during fiscal 1997 and the value of options held at
fiscal year end:
 
                 AGGREGATED OPTION EXERCISES IN FISCAL 1997 AND
                       FISCAL 1997 YEAR-END OPTION VALUES
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                            NUMBER OF SECURITIES          VALUE OF UNEXERCISED
                              SHARES                       UNDERLYING UNEXERCISED         IN-THE-MONEY OPTIONS
                            ACQUIRED ON                  OPTIONS AT FISCAL YEAR END:   AT FISCAL YEAR END ($)(1):
                             EXERCISE        VALUE       ---------------------------   ---------------------------
           NAME                 (#)       REALIZED($)    EXERCISABLE   UNEXERCISABLE   EXERCISABLE   UNEXERCISABLE
           ----             -----------   ------------   -----------   -------------   -----------   -------------
<S>                         <C>           <C>            <C>           <C>             <C>           <C>
T.J. Rodgers..............     50,000      $  581,250     1,304,468       596,460      $2,594,086      $ 10,873
J. Daniel McCranie........     90,877      $  735,114        47,815       299,161      $   38,559      $115,145
Antonio R. Alvarez........     10,000      $  135,000       164,016       215,682      $  183,479      $  1,495
Lothar Maier..............         --              --       178,223       201,369      $  174,547      $  2,683
Emmanuel T. Hernandez.....     20,000      $  156,564       142,381       314,577      $   78,219      $  1,928
James D. Kupec............    150,000      $1,148,404        32,514       222,066      $      656      $  1,641
</TABLE>

 
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(1) Calculated by determining the difference between the fair market value of
    the securities underlying the options at December 29, 1997 ($8.63) and the
    exercise price of the options.
 
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REPORT OF THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
  Overview
 
     The Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors has the responsibility
to review compensation programs and benefits for the Company's employees
generally, and specifically for the executive officers of the Company, and has
exclusive authority to grant stock options to the executive officers of the
Company. The Company applies a consistent philosophy to compensation for all
employees including its executive officers, based on the premise that the
achievements of the Company result from the coordinated efforts of all
individuals working toward common objectives. The Company strives to achieve
those objectives through teamwork that is focused on meeting the defined
expectations of customers and stockholders.
 
  Goals of the Company's Compensation Program
 
     The goals of the Compensation Committee are to align executive compensation
with business objectives and performance, and to enable the Company to attract,
retain and reward executive officers who contribute to the long-term success of
the Company. The Company's compensation program for executive officers is based
on the same principles applicable to compensation decisions for all employees of
the Company:
 
     Competitive Levels of Compensation. The Company is committed to providing a
compensation program that helps attract and retain the best people in the
industry. To ensure that pay is competitive, the Company periodically reviews
the compensation practices of other leading companies in the semiconductor
industry. The Company believes that its compensation levels fall within the
median of industry compensation levels.
 
     Performance-Driven Rewards. Executive officers are rewarded based upon
corporate performance, business unit performance and individual performance.
Corporate performance and business unit performance are evaluated by reviewing
the extent to which strategic and business plan goals are met, including such
factors as operating profit, performance relative to competitors and timely new
product introductions. Individual performance is evaluated by measuring
organization progress against set objectives.
 
     Performance and Compensation Feedback. At the beginning of the performance
cycle, key quarterly and annual objectives are set for each officer. The CEO
gives ongoing feedback on performance to each officer. At the end of the
performance cycle, the Compensation Committee evaluates the extent to which the
key objectives have been accomplished, which evaluation affects decisions on
merit increases and stock option grants.
 
  Components of the Company's Compensation Program
 
     The Company's compensation program, which consists of cash- and
equity-based compensation, allows the Company to attract and retain highly
skilled officers, provide useful products and services to customers, enhance
stockholder value, motivate technological innovation and adequately reward its
executive officers and other employees. The components are:
 
     CASH-BASED COMPENSATION:
 
          The Committee sets base salary for officers on the basis of level of
     responsibility, prior performance and other factors after reviewing the
     compensation levels for competitive positions in the market.
 
          The Company has a New Product Bonus Plan under which it distributes to
     all employees, including executive officers, payments based on the
     Company's achieving certain levels of new product revenue, plus attaining
     certain levels of profitability. The Company believes that all employees
     share the responsibility of achieving revenue and profit levels. Under the
     New Product Bonus Plan, specific Company performance criteria must be met
     in each fiscal quarter for employees to be eligible for bonuses. For 1997,
     the Company met these criteria only for the third quarter of fiscal year
     1997.
 
          The Company adopted a key employee bonus plan effective at the
     beginning of fiscal year 1997, in which the Chief Executive Officer, the
     Company's Vice Presidents and certain other key employees participated.
     Plan participants would have earned bonuses (in each case a percentage of
     the participant's
 
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<PAGE>   12
 
     base salary) based on the Company's achievement of a targeted level of
     sales and earnings per share, as well as success in accomplishing certain
     group- and individual-specific goals. The plan provided that no bonus would
     be awarded unless the Company achieved at least 90% of its earnings target
     for fiscal year 1997. Based upon the Company's inability to meet the
     earnings target for 1997, no bonuses will be awarded under the 1997 key
     employee bonus plan.
 
     EQUITY-BASED COMPENSATION:
 
          Stock options provide additional incentives to officers to work to
     maximize stockholder value. The options become exercisable over a defined
     period of employment with the Company to encourage officers to continue in
     the employ of the Company. In line with its compensation philosophy, the
     Company grants stock options to all employees, commensurate with their
     potential contributions to the Company. Stock options are included as part
     of the initial employment compensation package, and are also awarded for
     promotions and pursuant to the annual Evergreen Stock Program, which
     provides long-term incentives to virtually all employees based on
     performance and potential contributions.
 
  Compensation of the Chief Executive Officer
 
     T.J. Rodgers has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company
since its incorporation in 1982. In determining Mr. Rodgers' compensation, the
Committee evaluates corporate performance, individual performance, compensation
paid to other executive officers of the Company and total compensation
(including salary, bonus and equity compensation) paid to chief executive
officers of comparable companies. In 1997, Mr. Rodgers' annualized salary was
$327,626, and he received cash bonuses of $1,151 under the New Product Bonus
Plan, a 14 year service award of $10,699, and a cash bonus of $1,500 under the
Company's Patent Award Program. A fundamental tenet of Cypress' compensation
policy, particularly with respect to compensation of the CEO, is to link the
level of compensation obtained to the Company's performance as measured by
profitability and long-term growth. One way that Cypress establishes this link
is to award Mr. Rodgers with compensation in the form of options to purchase
stock, since the market will reward superior Company performance by increasing
the value of his equity and penalize unsatisfactory performance by diminishing
or eliminating such value. Through his equity ownership in the Company, which
consisted of 825,939 shares of Common Stock and options to purchase 1,900,928
shares of Common Stock on December 29, 1997, Mr. Rodgers shares with the other
stockholders of the Company a significant stake in the success of the Company's
business. A second way that Cypress establishes the link between Company
performance and level of compensation is by its bonus plan, which awards
variable compensation based to a substantial degree on an objective measure of
the Company's profitability and long-term growth. It is the philosophy of
Cypress and this Committee to bias compensation toward this kind of variable
compensation as well as equity awards, meaning that when the Company performs
well, as principally indicated by profitability, employees, and in particular
the CEO, will be very well compensated, to a level which may exceed the median
of industry compensation levels. When the Company's performance is below target
levels, however, variable compensation will be limited or non-existent and
equity compensation will not attain the same value, meaning that the CEO's
overall compensation package may well be below industry median levels. During
1997, the Company failed to achieve its targeted levels of sales and earnings
per share as set forth in the 1997 key employee bonus plan. Consistent with
these objectives, Mr. Rodgers was not awarded a bonus under the 1996 or 1997 key
employee bonus plan.
 
                                          COMPENSATION COMMITTEE OF THE
                                          BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
                                          -- Pierre R. Lamond
                                          -- Eric A. Benhamou
 
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<PAGE>   13
 
COMPENSATION COMMITTEE INTERLOCKS AND INSIDER PARTICIPATION
 
     No member of the Compensation Committee was or is an officer or employee of
the Company. Pierre R. Lamond, Chairman of the Board of the Company, and T.J.
Rodgers, President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company, are
directors and members of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation ("Vitesse"). Mr. Lamond is also Chairman of
the Board of Vitesse. Neither Cypress nor Vitesse treats Chairman of the Board
as an officer of the corporation for compensation purposes. Mr. Lamond is a
general partner of a venture capital firm which invested in the Company prior to
its initial public offering in 1986.
 
CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS
 
     In October 1993, J. Daniel McCranie, Vice President of Marketing and Sales,
incurred $210,000 of indebtedness to the Company, which indebtedness bears
interest at 4% per annum and is unsecured. In 1995, the Company and Mr. McCranie
agreed to extend the length of time that such indebtedness is payable by two
years, such that the indebtedness was due on October 7, 1998. In the event Mr.
McCranie is still employed by the Company on October 7, 1998, the promissory
note will be canceled and the indebtedness forgiven.
 
In April 1995, the Company entered into a consulting arrangement (the "1995
Consulting Agreement") with Fred B. Bialek, a member of the Company's Board of
Directors. Pursuant to the terms of the 1995 Consulting Agreement, Mr. Bialek
was paid an annualized fixed retainer of $269,346 and was granted an option to
purchase 20,000 shares of the Company's Common Stock with a vesting period of
five years from the date of grant. Pursuant to the terms of the 1995 Consulting
Agreement, as amended April 1, 1996, Mr. Bialek's annual retainer was increased
to $284,160, payable in equal installments on the first day of each month and
Mr. Bialek was granted an option to purchase 20,000 shares of the Company's
Common Stock which vests five years from the date of grant. In addition, Mr.
Bialek will be reimbursed for out-of-pocket business expenses for travel,
lodging, phone and administrative support related to his consulting services for
the Company on receipt of invoice. On April 1, 1997, the Company and Mr. Bialek
extended by mutual agreement the 1995 Consulting Agreement to April 1, 1998 and
increased Mr. Bialek's annual retainer to $290,000. Prior to its expiration, the
1995 Consulting Agreement is terminable by either the Company or Mr. Bialek 30
days following written notice of such termination
 
COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 16(A) OF THE EXCHANGE ACT
 
     Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires the Company's
officers and directors, and persons who own more than ten percent of a
registered class of the Company's equity securities to file reports of ownership
on Form 3 and changes in ownership on Form 4 or 5 with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and the National Association of Securities
Dealers. Such officers, directors and 10% stockholders are also required by SEC
rules to furnish the Company with copies of all Section 16(a) forms that they
file.
 
     Based solely on its review of the copies of such forms received by it, the
Company believes that, during the fiscal year ended December 29, 1997, all
Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to its officers, directors and 10%
stockholders were satisfied.
 
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<PAGE>   14
 
COMPANY STOCK PRICE PERFORMANCE
 
     The following graph shows a five-year comparison of cumulative total return
for the Company's stock, the Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index and the S&P
Electronic Index for Semiconductor and Component Manufacturers.
 
                   COMPARISON OF FIVE YEAR CUMULATIVE RETURN*
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                         CYPRESS                             S&P ELECTRONICS
        MEASUREMENT PERIOD            SEMICONDUCTOR                         (SEMICONDUCTORS)
      (FISCAL YEAR COVERED)               CORP.              S&P 500              INDEX
<S>                                 <C>                 <C>                 <C>
DEC-92                                     100                 100                 100
DEC-93                                     147                 110                 154
DEC-94                                     250                 112                 180
DEC-95                                     273                 153                 245
DEC-96                                     305                 189                 440
DEC-97                                     181                 252                 474
</TABLE>

 
* ASSUMES $100 INVESTED ON DECEMBER 31, 1992 IN EACH INVESTMENT. TOTAL RETURN
  ASSUMES REINVESTMENT OF DIVIDENDS. PAST RESULTS ARE NOT AN INDICATION OF
  FUTURE INVESTMENT RETURNS.
 
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<PAGE>   15
 
                                  PROPOSAL TWO
 
                          RATIFICATION OF APPOINTMENT
                           OF INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANTS
 
     The Board of Directors has appointed Price Waterhouse LLP, independent
accountants, to audit the consolidated financial statements of the Company for
the fiscal year ending December 28, 1998 and recommends that stockholders vote
for ratification of such appointment. In the event of a negative vote on such
ratification, the Board of Directors will reconsider its selection.
 
     Price Waterhouse LLP has audited the Company's financial statements
annually since 1982. Its representatives are expected to be present at the
meeting, will have the opportunity to make a statement if they desire to do so
and are expected to be available to respond to appropriate questions.
 
REQUIRED VOTE; RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
     Affirmative votes constituting a majority of the Votes Cast will be
required to approve this proposal.
 
     THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" THE APPOINTMENT
OF PRICE WATERHOUSE LLP AS THE COMPANY'S INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANTS FOR FISCAL YEAR
1998.
 
                                 PROPOSAL THREE
 
                           AMENDMENTS TO THE EMPLOYEE
                         QUALIFIED STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
 
     There are currently 699,505 shares of Common Stock reserved for issuance
under the Company's Employee Qualified Stock Purchase Plan (the "Purchase
Plan"). As of December 31, 1997, a total of 6,900,495 shares had been purchased
under the Purchase Plan and 699,505 shares remained available for issuance
thereunder (without giving effect to the increase in shares being proposed to
the stockholders for approval at the Annual Meeting). Based on historical levels
of employee participation in the Purchase Plan, which are if anything lower than
current participation levels, the current share reserve will run out of shares
during the exercise period beginning July 1, 1998.
 
PROPOSAL
 
     On January 22, 1998, the Board of Directors adopted amendments to the
Purchase Plan (i) to increase the number of shares reserved for issuance
thereunder by 2,500,000 shares for a total of 10,100,000 shares, and (ii) to add
an Evergreen Feature (defined below). The Board considers the increase in shares
and the adoption of the Evergreen Feature necessary to fund the Purchase Plan
for the future. The Board believes that participation by the Company's employees
in the Purchase Plan promotes the success of the Company's business through the
broad-based equity ownership among the employees. The Board further believes
that the Purchase Plan is an integral component of the Company's benefits
program that is intended to provide employees with an incentive to exert maximum
effort for the success of the Company and to participate in that success through
the acquisition of the Company's Common Stock. As of December 31, 1997,
approximately 53% of the Company's employees were participating in the Purchase
Plan
 
     For future issuances, the stockholders are being asked to approve an
increase of 2,500,000 shares in the number of shares reserved for issuance under
the Purchase Plan, plus an annual increase (the "Evergreen Feature") to be made
on the last day of each fiscal year equal to 1.5% of: (i) the total number of
shares of the Company's Common Stock outstanding on such date, plus (ii) any
shares reacquired by the Company during the fiscal year ending on such date. The
Company believes that the Purchase Plan is a key component of its strategy to
attract and retain skilled employees and quality management. The Board of
Directors believes it is in the Company's best interests to approve the
amendments to the Purchase Plan so that the Company may continue to provide
eligible employees the opportunity to purchase the Company's Common Stock
through payroll deductions, thereby aligning their individual financial
interests more closely with those of the
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<PAGE>   16
 
stockholders. While it believes that establishment of the Purchase Plan will
encourage employees to be stockholders, the Company also recognizes that
employee share purchases under the Purchase Plan can result in dilution to
existing stockholders. The Company attempts to limit the impact of this dilution
through its systematic and ongoing share repurchase programs. Since January 1,
1996, the Company has repurchased over 3.4 million shares of its Common Stock
for approximately $38.2 million. By contrast, had the Evergreen Feature been in
place at the beginning of the 1997 fiscal year, less than approximately 1.4
million shares would have been added to the Purchase Plan at the end of that
year. The Company intends to continue its share repurchase programs for the
foreseeable future, and has current Board authorization to repurchase up to
approximately 3.5 million additional shares.
 
     With the demand for highly skilled employees at an all time high,
especially in the technology industries, management believes it is critical to
the Company's success to maintain competitive employee compensation programs.
 
SUMMARY OF THE EMPLOYEE QUALIFIED STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
 
     Administration.  The Purchase Plan is administered by the Board of
Directors or a committee appointed by the Board (the "Administrator"). Every
finding, decision and determination by the Administrator shall, to the full
extent permitted by law, be final and binding upon all parties.
 
     Eligibility.  All persons who are employed by the Company on a given
enrollment date and who are customarily employed by the Company for at least
twenty hours per week and more than five months per calendar year are eligible
to participate in the Purchase Plan. Participation in the Purchase Plan ends
automatically on termination of employment with the Company. An eligible
employee may become a participant by completing a subscription agreement
authorizing payroll deductions and filing it with the Company's payroll office
prior to the applicable enrollment date.
 
     Offering and Exercise Periods.  The Purchase Plan is implemented by
overlapping offering periods of 24 months each ("Offering Periods"). Offering
Periods commence every six months, beginning on the first business day following
the Special Meeting, and consist of four exercise periods of six months each
("Exercise Periods"). The Board may change the duration of the Exercise Periods
or the length or date of commencement of an Offering Period.
 
     Grant of Option; Purchase Price.  On the first day of each Offering Period
(the "Offering Date"), each eligible employee participating in the Purchase Plan
is granted an option to purchase on the last day of each Exercise Period in such
Offering Period (the "Exercise Date") a number of shares of Common Stock of the
Company determined by dividing such employee's accumulated payroll deductions by
the lower of: (i) 85% of the fair market value of one share of the Company's
Common Stock on the Offering Date or (ii) 85% of the fair market value of one
share of the Company's Common Stock on the applicable Exercise Date. Unless a
participating employee withdraws from the Purchase Plan, his or her option is
automatically exercised on each Exercise Date of the Offering Period; provided
that in no event will an employee be permitted to purchase during an Offering
Period a number of shares in excess of the number determined by dividing $50,000
by the fair market value of a share of the Company's Common Stock on the
Offering Date. The fair market value of the Common Stock on a given date is the
closing sale price of the Common Stock for such date as quoted on the Nasdaq
National Market.
 
     In addition, no employee will be permitted to subscribe for shares under
the Purchase Plan if, immediately after such subscription, the employee would
own 5% or more of the voting power or value of all classes of stock of the
Company or of any of its subsidiaries (including stock which may be purchased
under the Purchase Plan or pursuant to any other options), nor will any employee
be permitted to participate to the extent such employee could buy under all
employee stock purchase plans of the Company more than $25,000 worth of stock
(determined at the fair market value of the shares at the time the option is
granted) in any calendar year.
 
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     Limitation on Annual Increase in Shares.  Notwithstanding the Evergreen
Feature of the Purchase Plan, in no event may the number of shares added to the
Purchase Plan in any fiscal year exceed 3,000,000 or such lesser number of
shares that the Board of Directors may determine.
 
     Payroll Deductions.  The purchase price for the shares is accumulated by
payroll deductions during the Offering Period. The deductions may not be less
than 2%, nor greater than 10%, of a participant's eligible compensation, which
is defined in the plan to include all base straight time gross earnings,
payments for overtime, shift premium, incentive compensation, bonuses and
commissions (except to the extent the exclusion of any such items for all
participants is specifically directed by the Board or its committee) for a given
Offering Period. A participant may discontinue his or her participation in the
Purchase Plan at any time during the Offering Period. Payroll deductions
commence on the first payday following the Offering Date, and continue at the
same rate with automatic enrollment in subsequent Offering Periods, unless
sooner terminated by the participant.
 
     Withdrawal; Termination of Employment.  Employees may end their
participation in an offering at any time during the Offering Period, and
participation ends automatically on termination of employment with the Company
or failure of the participant to remain in the continuous scheduled employment
of the Company for at least 20 hours per week. Once a participant withdraws from
a particular offering, that participant may not participate again in the same
offering. A participant may withdraw all, but not less than all, of the payroll
deductions credited to such participant's account by giving written notice to
the Company.
 
     Transferability.  No rights or accumulated payroll deductions of a
participant under the Purchase Plan may be assigned, transferred, pledged or
otherwise disposed of in any way (other than by will, the laws of descent and
distribution or pursuant to the Purchase Plan), and any such attempt may be
treated by the Company as an election to withdraw from the Purchase Plan.
 
     Adjustments Upon Changes in Capitalization, Dissolution, Merger, Asset Sale
or Change of Control. The shares reserved under the Purchase Plan, as well as
the price per share of Common Stock covered by each option under the Purchase
Plan which has not yet been exercised, will be proportionately adjusted for any
stock split, reverse stock split, stock dividend, combination or
reclassification of the Common Stock, or any other increase or decrease in the
number of shares of Common Stock effected without receipt of consideration by
the Company. In the event of the proposed dissolution or liquidation of the
Company, the pending Offering Period will terminate immediately prior to the
consummation of such proposed action, unless otherwise provided by the Board. In
the event of a proposed sale of all or substantially all the assets of the
Company or a merger of the Company with or into another corporation, the
Purchase Plan provides that each option under the Purchase Plan will be assumed
or an equivalent option will be substituted by the successor or purchaser
corporation, unless the Board determines, in its sole discretion, to terminate
the pending Offering Period prior to the consummation of such event, in which
case the option will be exercisable for a period of thirty days thereafter.
 
     Amendment and Termination.  The Board of Directors of the Company may at
any time and for any reason terminate or amend the Purchase Plan. Except as
provided in the Purchase Plan, no termination can affect options previously
granted, nor may any amendment make any change in any option already granted
which adversely affects the rights of any participant. Stockholder approval may
be required for certain amendments in order to comply with the federal
securities or tax laws, or any other applicable law or regulation.
 
FEDERAL TAX INFORMATION
 
     The Purchase Plan, and the right of participants to make purchases
thereunder, is intended to qualify under the provisions of Section 423 of the
Code. Under these provisions, no income will be taxable to a participant until
the shares purchased under the Purchase Plan are sold or otherwise disposed of.
Upon sale or other disposition of the shares, the participant will generally be
subject to tax and the amount of the tax will depend upon the holding period. If
the shares are sold or otherwise disposed of more than two years from the first
day of the Offering Period and one year from the date the shares are purchased,
the participant will recognize ordinary income measured as the lesser of (a) the
excess of the fair market value of the shares at the
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<PAGE>   18
 
time of such sale or disposition over the purchase price, and (b) an amount
equal to fifteen (15%) of the fair market value of the shares as of the first
day of the Offering Period. Any additional gain will be treated as long-term
capital gain. If the shares are sold or otherwise disposed of before the
expiration of these holding periods, the participant will recognize ordinary
income generally measured as the excess of the fair market value of the shares
on the date the shares are purchased over the purchase price. Any additional
gain or loss on such sale or disposition will be long-term or short-term capital
gain or loss, depending on the holding period. The Company is not entitled to a
deduction for amounts taxed as ordinary income or capital gain to a participant
except to the extent of ordinary income recognized by participants upon a sale
or disposition of shares prior to the expiration of the holding periods
described above.
 
     THE FOREGOING IS ONLY A SUMMARY OF THE EFFECT OF FEDERAL INCOME TAXATION
UPON THE PARTICIPANT AND THE COMPANY WITH RESPECT TO THE SHARES PURCHASED UNDER
THE PURCHASE PLAN. REFERENCE SHOULD BE MADE TO THE APPLICABLE PROVISIONS OF THE
CODE. IN ADDITION, THE SUMMARY DOES NOT DISCUSS THE TAX CONSEQUENCES OF A
PARTICIPANT'S DEATH OR THE INCOME TAX LAWS OF ANY STATE OR FOREIGN COUNTRY IN
WHICH THE PARTICIPANT MAY RESIDE.
 
PARTICIPATION IN THE EMPLOYEE QUALIFIED STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
 
     Participation in the Purchase Plan is voluntary and is dependent on each
eligible employee's election to participate and his or her determination as to
the level for payroll deductions. Accordingly, future purchases under the
Purchase Plan are not determinable. Non-employee directors are not eligible to
participate in the Purchase Plan. The following table sets forth certain
information regarding shares purchased under the Purchase Plan during the last
fiscal year and the payroll deductions accumulated at the end of the last fiscal
year in accounts under the Purchase Plan for each of the Named Executive
Officers, for all current executive officers as a group and for all other
employees who participated in the Purchase Plan as a group.
 
                             AMENDED PLAN BENEFITS
 
                     EMPLOYEE QUALIFIED STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
 

<TABLE>
<CAPTION>
                                                               NUMBER                      PAYROLL
                                                                 OF                      DEDUCTIONS
                                                               SHARES                       AS OF
                                                              PURCHASED      DOLLAR      FISCAL YEAR
    NAME OF INDIVIDUAL OR IDENTITY OF GROUP AND POSITION         (#)      VALUE ($)(1)     END ($)
    ----------------------------------------------------      ---------   ------------   -----------
<S>                                                           <C>         <C>            <C>
T.J. Rodgers,                                                    2,012     $    8,408    $    8,638
  President and Chief Executive Officer.....................
J. Daniel McCranie,                                              2,479          9,668        15,290
  Vice President, Marketing and Sales.......................
Antonio R. Alvarez,                                                 --             --            --
  Senior Vice President, Research and Development...........
Lothar Maier,                                                    1,845          8,391        13,865
  Vice President, Worldwide Wafer Manufacturing, and
  President, Cypress Semiconductor (Minnesota) Inc..........
Emmanuel T. Hernandez,                                           1,765          7,269        12,938
  Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Chief
  Financial Officer.........................................
James D. Kupec,                                                  1,786          6,942        12,260
  Senior Vice President, Business Development...............
All current executive officers as a group...................     9,887         38,728        54,353
All other employees as a group..............................   532,281      2,091,475     3,301,954
</TABLE>

 
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(1) Market value of shares on date of purchase, minus the purchase price under
the Purchase Plan.
 
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REQUIRED VOTE; RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
     Affirmative votes constituting a majority of the Votes Cast will be
required to approve this proposal.
 
     THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" THE AMENDMENT OF
THE EMPLOYEE QUALIFIED STOCK PURCHASE PLAN.
 
                                 PROPOSAL FOUR
 
                           COMPANY PROPOSAL REGARDING
                            COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD
 
     The future success of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, as well as the
long term value of the Company's stock, depends on the ability of the Company to
develop and introduce new products that compete effectively on the basis of
price and performance and address other requirements of the Company's customers.
The semiconductor industry is intensely competitive and has been characterized
by price erosion, rapid technological change and heightened foreign competition
in many market segments.
 
     Although many factors will determine whether the Company can successfully
address the demands of its customers, Cypress believes none is more important
than the composition of the Company's Board of Directors. The Board, among other
things, sets the strategic direction of the Company, selects and provides
guidance to management personnel, and makes key decisions affecting the future
of the business. Cypress believes that it is essential that the people acting in
these crucial capacities are the best qualified available.
 
     The concept of "best qualified directors" is clearly a relative one,
varying by industry and company. The Company's views on the issue have been
expressed frequently in a variety of public fora over the years, and are
relatively well known. In short, Cypress believes that the people responsible
for setting the strategic direction of the Company, selecting and providing
guidance to management personnel and making key decisions affecting the future
of the business should have as much relevant industry experience as possible
combined with excellent judgement and commitment to the Company and its
stockholders. More particularly, the Company believes that each director who
serves on the Company's Board of Directors must, among other things, meet as
many of the following criteria as possible: (1) have significant experience as a
chief executive officer of an important technology company; (2) have extensive
direct expertise in the semiconductor business based on education and management
experience; and (3) have direct experience in the management of a company that
buys from the semiconductor industry. Competition among semiconductor companies
for such qualified individuals to serve on their boards of directors is intense.
However, without such experience and knowledge, the Company believes, the Board
cannot effectively lead the Company in the highly competitive environment of the
semiconductor industry.
 
     Unfortunately, in recent years, there has been considerable disagreement
over what constitutes the best qualified directors for a company. Some have
asserted that every company can benefit from the perspectives of various
different "kinds" of people -- based on, for example, the color of their skin or
gender -- on its board of directors, and that including individuals with these
characteristics, separate and apart from considerations of industry experience
and similar qualities, should be a priority for companies. While Cypress has
considered a significant number of promising candidates for the Board -- as
determined by reference to judgment, relevant industry expertise and
commitment -- who happen to be women and minorities, the Company strongly
disagrees with the relevance of such factors in and of themselves and believes
that the vast majority of its stockholders feel the same way. Nonetheless, the
Board wishes to provide the opportunity for the stockholders, as the owners of
the Company, to give their input on a matter which management considers to be of
the utmost importance to the future of the Company. The Board also expects that
a clear public statement of the Company's policy toward attracting the best
qualified directors, combined with a clear indication of what that policy means
to the Company and its stockholders, will make the Company even more attractive
to the best qualified board candidates.
 
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     Accordingly, management recommends that the stockholders approve the
     following resolutions:
 
     RESOLVED: That the Board of Directors seek to nominate the best qualified
     candidates for membership to the Board, and that such candidates shall
     consist of those men and women demonstrating excellent judgment and
     commitment to the Company and its stockholders combined with extensive
     business or financial experience and expertise, preferably where such
     experience or expertise is relevant to the semiconductor industry as
     demonstrated by meeting as many as possible of the following criteria:
     having previously served as a senior Executive Officer of an important
     technology company or a company serving the technology industry, having
     direct expertise in the semiconductor business based on education and
     management experience, and having direct experience in the management of a
     company that buys from the semiconductor industry.
 
     RESOLVED FURTHER: That the Board nominate for membership to the Board men
     and women having the most desirable qualifications as determined by the
     above factors, without regard to their race, gender, age, religion,
     national origin, sexual orientation or physical limitations.
 
     RESOLVED FURTHER: That in order to attract the best qualified candidates,
     the Board issue a statement setting forth the above qualifications as those
     that the Board considers in nominating candidates to the Board.
 
     REQUIRED VOTE; RECOMMENDATION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
     Affirmative votes constituting a majority of the Votes Cast will be
required to approve this proposal.
 
     THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE "FOR" THE
AFOREMENTIONED PROPOSAL.
 
                                 PROPOSAL FIVE
 
                        STOCKHOLDER'S PROPOSAL REGARDING
                            COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD
 
     From time to time, the individual stockholders of the Company submit
proposals which they believe should be voted upon by the stockholders. This
year, the following proposal was submitted and accompanied by a notice of
intention to present the proposal for action at the Annual Meeting of
Stockholders. Information regarding the name, address and number of shares of
Company stock held by the stockholder proponent will be furnished by the Company
to any person, orally or in writing, as requested, promptly upon the receipt of
any oral or written request therefor. Any such request should be directed to the
Secretary of the Company.
 
     Each stockholder proponent must appear personally or by proxy at the Annual
Meeting of Stockholders to present its proposal for action. If properly
presented, the following proposal will be voted on by the stockholders and may
be approved only upon this proposal's receipt of affirmative votes constituting
a majority of the Votes Cast.
 
PROPOSAL
 
                           BOARD INCLUSIVENESS REVIEW
 
     We believe that the employee and board composition of major corporations
should reflect the people in the workforce and marketplace of the Twenty-first
Century if our company is going to remain competitive. Employees, customers, and
stockholders make up a greater diversity of backgrounds than ever before. The
Department of Labor's 1995 Glass Ceiling Commission reported [Good for Business:
Making Full Use of the Nation's Human Capital] that diversity and inclusiveness
in the workplace positively impact the bottom line. A Covenant Fund report of
S&P 500 companies revealed ". . . firms that succeed in shattering their own
glass ceiling racked up stock-market records that were nearly 2.5 times better
than otherwise-comparable companies."
 
     In 1994, the Investor Responsibility Research Center [ICCR] reported
inclusiveness at senior management and board levels was only 9 percent of the
Fortune 500 companies in a comparable workforce of 57
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percent diversity. The Glass Ceiling Commission reported that companies select
from only half of the talent of our workforce. We urge Cypress Semiconductor
Company therefore to enlarge its search for qualified board members. If we are
to be prepared for the Twenty-first Century, we must learn how to compete in a
growingly diverse global market place by promoting and selecting the best people
regardless of race, gender, or physical challenge. We believe the judgments and
perspectives of a diverse board will improve the quality of corporate
decision-making.
 
     Since the board is responsible for representing stockholder interests in
corporate meetings, a growing proportion of stockholders is now attaching value
to board inclusiveness. A 1994 IRRC survey revealed 37 percent of respondents
cited board diversity as the influencing factor for supporting votes. The
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Fund,
the largest U.S. institutional investor, issued a set of corporate governance
guidelines including a call for "diversity of directors by experience, sex, age,
and race."
 
     "Often what a woman or minority person can bring to the board is some
perspective a company has not had before--adding some modern-day reality to the
deliberation process. Those perspectives are of great value, and often missing
from an all-white, male gathering. They can also be inspirational to the
company's diverse workforce" [Sun Oil CEO Robert Campbell, The Wall Street
Journal, 8/12/96].
 
     RESOLVED THAT STOCKHOLDERS REQUEST:
 
     1. The Board Nominating Committee make a greater effort to find qualified
        women and minority candidates for nomination to the board.
 
     2. The Board issue a statement publicly committing Cypress to a policy of
        board inclusiveness with a program of steps to take and the time line
        expected to move in that direction.
 
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     3. Cypress issue a report by September 1998--at reasonable
        expense--including description of:
 
        a. Efforts to encourage diversified representation on the board;
 
        b. Criteria for board qualification;
 
        c. The process of selecting board candidates; and
 
        d. The process of selecting board committee members.
 
REQUIRED VOTE;
 
     Affirmative votes constituting a majority of the Votes Cast will be
required to approve this proposal.
 
     THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS A VOTE "AGAINST" THE
AFOREMENTIONED PROPOSAL.
 
                                 OTHER MATTERS
 
     The Company knows of no other matters to be submitted to the meeting. If
any other matters properly come before the meeting, it is the intention of the
persons named in the enclosed proxy to vote the shares they represent as the
Board of Directors may recommend.
 
     It is important that your stock be represented at the meeting, regardless
of the number of shares which you hold. You are, therefore, urged to execute and
return the accompanying proxy in the envelope which has been enclosed, at your
earliest convenience.
 
                                          FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
                                          EMMANUEL HERNANDEZ, Secretary
 
Dated: March 28, 1998
 
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                                                                       EXHIBIT A
 
                       CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
                     EMPLOYEE QUALIFIED STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
 
               AMENDED AND RESTATED EFFECTIVE AS OF MAY 15, 1998
 
     The following constitute the provisions of the Employee Stock Purchase Plan
(herein called the "Plan") of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (herein called
the "Company").
 
     1. Purpose. The purpose of the Plan is to provide employees of the Company
and its Designated Subsidiaries with an opportunity to purchase Common Stock of
the Company through accumulated payroll deductions. It is the intention of the
Company to have the Plan qualify as an "Employee Stock Purchase Plan" under
Section 423 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The provisions of
the Plan shall, accordingly, be construed so as to extend and limit
participation in a manner consistent with the requirements of that section of
the Code.
 
     2. Definitions.
 
     (a) "Act" shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
 
     (b) "Board" shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.
 
     (c) "Code" shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
 
     (d) "Common Stock" shall mean the Common Stock, no par value, of the
Company.
 
     (e) "Company" shall mean Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, a Delaware
corporation.
 
     (f) "Compensation" shall mean all regular straight time earnings, payments
for overtime, shift premium, incentive compensation, incentive payments, bonuses
and commissions (except to the extent that the exclusion of any such items for
all participants is specifically directed by the Board or its committee).
 
     (g) "Continuous Status as an Employee" shall mean the absence of any
interruption or termination of service as an Employee. Continuous Status as an
Employee shall not be considered interrupted in the case of a leave of absence
agreed to in writing by the Company, provided that such leave is for a period of
not more than 90 days or reemployment upon the expiration of such leave is
guaranteed by contract or statute.
 
     (h) "Designated Subsidiaries" shall mean the Subsidiaries which have been
designated by the Board from time to time in its sole discretion as eligible to
participate in the Plan.
 
     (i) "Employee" shall mean any person, including an officer, who is
customarily employed for at least twenty (20) hours per week and more than five
(5) months in a calendar year for at least three (3) months by the Company or
one of its Designated Subsidiaries.
 
     (j) "Exercise Date" shall mean the date one day prior to the date six (6)
months, twelve (12) months, eighteen (18) months or twenty-four (24) months
after the Offering Date of each Offering Period.
 
     (k) "Exercise Period" shall mean a period commencing on an Offering Date or
on the day after an Exercise Date and terminating one day prior to the date six
(6) months later.
 
     (l) "Offering Period" shall mean a period of twenty-four (24) months
consisting of four (4) six-month Exercise Periods during which options granted
pursuant to the Plan may be exercised.
 
     (m) "Offering Date" shall mean the first day of each Offering Period of the
Plan.
 
     (n) "Plan" shall mean this Employee Qualified Stock Purchase Plan.
 
     (o) "Subsidiary" shall mean a corporation, domestic or foreign, of which
not less than 50% of the voting shares are held by the Company or a Subsidiary,
whether or not such corporation now exists or is hereafter organized or acquired
by the Company or a Subsidiary.
 
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     3. Eligibility.
 
     (a) Any Employee as defined in paragraph 2 who shall be employed by the
Company on the date his participation in the Plan is effective shall be eligible
to participate in the Plan, subject to limitations imposed by Section 423(b) of
the Code.
 
     (b) Any provisions of the Plan to the contrary notwithstanding, no Employee
shall be granted an option under the Plan (i) if, immediately after the grant,
such Employee (or any other person whose stock would be attributed to such
Employee pursuant to Section 425(d) of the Code) would own stock and/or hold
outstanding options to purchase stock possessing five percent (5%) or more of
the total combined voting power or value of all classes of stock of the Company
or of any subsidiary of the Company, or (ii) which permits his rights to
purchase stock under all employee stock purchase plans of the Company and its
subsidiaries to accrue at a rate which exceeds Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars
($25,000) of fair market value of such stock determined at the time such option
is granted) for each calendar year in which such option is outstanding at any
time.
 
     4. Offering Periods. The plan shall be implemented by twenty-four (24)
month Offering Periods beginning every six (6) months. The Plan shall continue
thereafter until terminated in accordance with paragraph 20 hereof. Subject to
the requirements of paragraph 20, the Board of Directors of the Company shall
have the power to change the duration of Offering Periods with respect to future
offerings without stockholder approval if such change is announced at least
fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled beginning of the first offering period
to be affected.
 
     5. Participation.
 
     (a) An eligible Employee may become a participant in the Plan by completing
a subscription agreement authorizing payroll deduction on the form provided by
the Company and filing it with the Company's payroll office prior to the
applicable Offering Date, unless a later time for filing the subscription
agreement is set by the Board for all eligible Employees with respect to a given
offering.
 
     (b) Payroll deductions for a participant shall commence on the first
payroll following the Offering Date and shall end on the Exercise Date of the
offering to which such authorization is applicable, unless sooner terminated by
the participant as provided in paragraph 11.
 
     6. Payroll Deductions.
 
     (a) At the time a participant files his subscription agreement, he shall
elect to have payroll deductions made on each payday during the Offering Period
in amounts from two (2%) to ten percent (10%) of the Compensation which he
received on the payday immediately preceding the Offering Date. The aggregate of
such payroll deductions during any Offering Period shall not exceed ten percent
(10%) of his aggregate Compensation during said offering period.
 
     (b) All payroll deductions made by a participant shall be credited to his
account under the Plan. A participant may not make any additional payments into
such account.
 
     (c) A participant may discontinue his participation in the Plan as provided
in paragraph 11, or may decrease or increase the rate or amount of his payroll
deductions during the Offering Period (within the limitations of paragraph 6(a))
by completing and filing with the Company a new subscription agreement
authorizing a change in the rate or amount of payroll deductions; provided,
however, that a participant may not change the rate or amount of his payroll
deductions more than two (2) times in any one calendar year. The change in rate
shall be effective fifteen (15) days following the Company's receipt of the new
authorization. Subject to the limitations of paragraph 6(a), a participant's
subscription agreement shall remain in effect for successive Offering Periods
unless revised as provided herein or terminated as provided in paragraph 11.
 
     (d) Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent necessary to comply with
Section 423(b)(8) of the Code and paragraph 3(b) herein, a participant's payroll
deductions may be decreased to 0% at such time during any Exercise Period which
is scheduled to end during the current calendar year that the aggregate of all
payroll deductions accumulated with respect to such Exercise Period and any
other Exercise Period ending
 
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within the same calendar year equal $21,250. Payroll deductions shall recommence
at the rate provided in such participant's subscription agreement at the
beginning of the first Exercise Period which is scheduled to end in the
following calendar year, unless terminated by the participant as provided in
paragraph 11.
 
     7. Grant of Option.
 
     (a) On the Offering Date of each Offering Period, each eligible Employee
participating in such Offering Period shall be granted an option to purchase on
each Exercise Date during such Offering Period a number of shares of the
Company's Common Stock determined by dividing such Employee's payroll deductions
accumulated prior to such Exercise Date and retained in the Participant's
account as of the Exercise Date by the lower of (i) eighty-five percent (85%) of
the fair market value of a share of the Company's Common Stock on the Offering
Date or (ii) eighty-five percent (85%) of the fair market value of a share of
the Company's Common Stock on the Exercise Date; provided, however, that the
maximum number of Shares an Employee may purchase during each Offering Period
shall be determined at the Offering Date by dividing $100,000 by the fair market
value of a share of the Company's Common Stock on the Offering Date, and
provided further that such purchase shall be subject to the limitations set
forth in paragraphs 3(b) and 13 hereof. Exercise of the option shall occur as
provided in paragraph 8, unless the participant has withdrawn pursuant to
paragraph 11, and shall expire on the last day of the Offering Period. Fair
market value of a share of the Company's Common Stock shall be determined as
provided in paragraph 7(b) herein.
 
     (b) The option price per share of the shares offered in a given Exercise
Period shall be the lower of: (i) eighty-five percent (85%) of the fair market
value of a share of the Common Stock of the Company on the Offering Date; or
(ii) eighty-five percent (85%) of the fair market value of a share of the Common
Stock of the Company on the Exercise Date. The fair market value of the
Company's Common Stock on a given date shall be determined by the Board in its
discretion; provided, however, that where there is a public market for the
Common Stock, the fair market value per share shall be the closing price of the
Common Stock for such date on the New York Stock Exchange or on such other stock
exchange as the Company's Common Stock may be traded or, if not traded on a
stock exchange, as reported by the NASDAQ National Market System, or, in the
event the Common Stock is not listed on a stock exchange or NASDAQ's National
Market System, the fair market value per share shall be the mean of the bid and
asked prices of the Common Stock reported for such date in over-the-counter
trading.
 
     8. Exercise of Option. Unless a participant withdraws from the Plan as
provided in paragraph 11, his option for the purchase of shares will be
exercised automatically on each Exercise Date of the Offering Period, and the
maximum number of full shares subject to option shall be purchased for such
participant at the applicable option price with the accumulated payroll
deductions in his account. Any amount remaining in the participant's account
after an Exercise Date shall be held in the account until the next Exercise Date
of the Offering Period, unless the Offering Period has been oversubscribed or
has terminated with such Exercise Date, in which case such amount shall be
refunded to the participant. During a participant's lifetime, a participant's
option to purchase shares hereunder is exercisable only by him.
 
     9. Delivery. As promptly as practicable after the Exercise Date of each
Exercise Period, the Company shall arrange the delivery to each participant, as
appropriate, of a certificate representing the shares purchased upon exercise of
his option. Any cash remaining to the credit of a participant's account under
the Plan after a purchase by him of shares at the termination of each Exercise
Period which is insufficient to purchase a full share of Common Stock of the
Company shall be applied to the participant's account for the next Exercise
Period.
 
     10. Automatic Transfer to Low Price Offering Period. In the event that the
fair market value of the Company's Common Stock is lower on an Exercise Date
than it was on the first Offering Date for that Offering Period, all Employees
participating in the Plan on the Exercise Date shall be deemed to have withdrawn
from the Offering Period immediately after the exercise of their option on such
Exercise Date and to have enrolled as participants in a new Offering Period
which begins on or about the day following such Exercise Date. A participant may
elect to remain in the previous Offering Period by filing a written statement
declaring such election with the Company prior to the time of the automatic
change to the new Offering Period.
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     11. Withdrawal; Termination of Employment.
 
     (a) A participant may withdraw all but not less than all the payroll
deductions credited to his account and not yet used to exercise his option under
the Plan at any time by giving written notice to the Company. All of the
participant's payroll deductions credited to his account will be paid to such
participant promptly after receipt of notice of withdrawal and such
participant's option for the Offering Period will be automatically terminated,
and no further payroll deductions for the purchase of shares will be made during
the Offering Period. If a participant withdraws from an Offering Period, payroll
deductions will not resume at the beginning of the succeeding Offering Period
unless the participant delivers to the Company a new subscription agreement.
 
     (b) Upon termination of the participant's Continuous Status as an Employee
prior to an Exercise Date for any reason, including retirement or death, the
payroll deductions credited to such participant's account during the Offering
Period but not yet used to exercise the option will be returned to such
participant or, in the case of his death, to the person or persons entitled
thereto under paragraph 15, and such participant's option will be automatically
terminated.
 
     (c) In the event an Employee fails to remain in Continuous Status as an
Employee of the Company for at least twenty (20) hours per week during an
Offering Period in which the Employee is a participant, he will be deemed to
have elected to withdraw from the Plan and the payroll deductions credited to
his account will be returned to such participant and such participant's option
terminated.
 
     (d) A participant's withdrawal from an Offering Period will not have any
effect upon his eligibility to participate in any similar plan which may
hereafter be adopted by the Company or in succeeding Offering Periods which
commence after the termination of the Offering Period from which the participant
withdraws.
 
     (e) A participant's withdrawal from an offering will not have any effect
upon his eligibility to participate in any similar plan which may hereafter be
adopted by the Company.
 
     12. Interest. No interest shall accrue on the payroll deductions of a
participant in the Plan.
 
     13. Stock.
 
     (a) The maximum number of shares of the Company's Common Stock which shall
be made available for sale under the Plan shall be 6,300,000 shares, plus,
commencing on the first day of the Company's 1999 fiscal year, an annual
increase equal to the lesser of (i) 3,000,000 shares, (ii) 1.5% of the Issued
Shares (as defined below) as of the last day of the immediately preceding fiscal
year or (iii) a lesser amount determined by the Board, all subject to adjustment
upon changes in capitalization of the Company as provided in paragraph 19.
"Issued Shares" shall mean the number of shares of Common Stock of the Company
outstanding on such date plus any shares reacquired by the Company during the
fiscal year that ends on such date. If the total number of shares which would
otherwise be subject to options granted pursuant to paragraph 7(a) hereof on the
Exercise Date exceeds the number of shares then available under the Plan (after
deduction of all shares for which options have been exercised or are then
outstanding), the Company shall make a pro rata allocation of the shares
remaining available for option grant is as uniform a manner as shall be
practicable and as it shall determine to be equitable. In such event, the
Company shall give written notice of such reduction of the number of shares
subject to the option to each Employee affected thereby and shall similarly
reduce the rate of payroll deductions, if necessary.
 
     (b) The participant will have no interest or voting right in shares covered
by his option until such option has been exercised.
 
     (c) Shares to be delivered to a participant under the Plan will be
registered in the name of the participant or in the name of the participant and
his spouse.
 
     14. Administration. The Plan shall be administered by the Board of
Directors of the Company or a committee appointed by the Board. The
administration, interpretation or application of the Plan by the Board or its
committee shall be final, conclusive and binding upon all participants. Members
of the Board who are eligible Employees are permitted to participate in the
Plan.
 
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     15. Designation of Beneficiary.
 
     (a) A participant may file a written designation of a beneficiary who is to
receive any shares and cash, if any, from the participant's account under the
Plan in the event of such participant's death subsequent to the end of the
Offering Period but prior to delivery to him of such shares and cash. In
addition, a participant may file a written designation of a beneficiary who is
to receive any cash from the participant's account under the Plan in the event
of such participant's death prior to the Exercise Date of the Offering Period.
 
     (b) Such designation of beneficiary may be changed by the participant at
any time by written notice. In the event of the death of a participant and in
the absence of a beneficiary validly designated under the Plan who is living at
the time of such participant's death, the Company shall deliver such shares
and/or cash to the executor or administrator of the estate of the participant,
or if no such executor or administrator has been appointed (to the knowledge of
the Company), the Company, in its discretion, may deliver such shares and/or
cash to the spouse or to any one or more dependents or relatives of the
participant, or if no spouse, dependent or relative is known to the Company,
then to such other person as the Company may designate.
 
     16. Transferability. Neither payroll deductions credited to a participant's
account nor any rights with regard to the exercise of an option or to receive
shares under the Plan may be assigned, transferred, pledged or otherwise
disposed of in any way (other than by will, the laws of descent and distribution
or as provided in paragraph 15 hereof) by the participant. Any such attempt at
assignment, transfer, pledge or other disposition shall be without effect,
except that the Company may treat such act as an election to withdraw funds in
accordance with paragraph 11.
 
     17. Use of Funds. All payroll deductions received or held by the Company
under the Plan may be used by the Company for any corporate purpose, and the
Company shall not be obligated to segregate such payroll deductions.
 
     18. Reports. Individual accounts will be maintained for each participant in
the Plan. Statements of account will be given to participating Employees
promptly following the Exercise Date, which statements will set forth the
amounts of payroll deductions, the per share purchase price, the number of
shares purchased and the remaining cash balance, if any.
 
     19. Adjustments Upon Changes in Capitalization. Subject to any required
action by the stockholders of the Company, the number of shares of Common Stock
covered by each option under the Plan which has not yet been exercised and the
number of shares of Common Stock which have been authorized for issuance under
the Plan but have not yet been placed under option, including the annual share
replenishment limit of three million shares set forth in Section 13,
(collectively, the "Reserves") as well as the price per share of Common Stock
covered by each option under the Plan which has not yet been exercised, shall be
proportionately adjusted for any increase or decrease in the number of issued
shares of Common Stock resulting from a stock split or the payment of a stock
dividend (but only on the Common Stock) or any other increase or decrease in the
number of shares of Common Stock effected without receipt of consideration by
the Company; provided, however, that conversion of any convertible securities of
the Company shall not be deemed to have been "effected without receipt of
consideration". Such adjustment shall be made by the Board, whose determination
in that respect shall be final, binding and conclusive. Except as expressly
provided herein, no issue by the Company of shares of stock of any class, or
securities convertible into shares of stock of any class, shall affect, and no
adjustment by reason thereof shall be made with respect to, the number or price
of shares of Common Stock subject to an option.
 
     In the event of the proposed dissolution or liquidation of the Company, the
offering period will terminate immediately prior to the consummation of such
proposed action, unless otherwise provided by the Board. In the event of a
proposed sale of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, or the
merger of the Company with or into another corporation, each option under the
Plan shall be assumed or an equivalent option shall be substituted by such
successor corporation or a parent or subsidiary of such successor corporation,
unless the Board determines, in the exercise of its sole discretion and in lieu
of such assumption or substitution, that the participant shall have the right to
exercise the option as to all of the option stock, including shares as to which
the option would not otherwise be exercisable. If the Board makes an option
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exercisable in lieu of assumption or substitution in the event of a merger or
sale of assets, the Board shall notify the participant that the option shall be
fully exercisable for a period of thirty (30) days from the date of such notice,
and the option will terminate upon the expiration of such period.
 
     The Board may, if it so determines in the exercise of its sole discretion,
also make provision for adjusting the Reserves, as well as the price per share
of Common Stock covered by each outstanding option, in the event that the
Company effects one or more reorganizations, recapitalizations, rights offerings
or other increases or reductions of shares of its outstanding Common Stock, and
in the event of the Company being consolidated with or merged into any other
corporation.
 
     20. Amendment or Termination. The Board of Directors of the Company may at
any time terminate or amend the Plan. No such termination can affect options
previously granted, nor may an amendment make any change in any option
theretofore granted which adversely affects the rights of any participant. In
addition, to the extent necessary to comply with Rule 16b-3 under the Act or
under Section 423 of the Code (or any successor rule or provision or any other
applicable law or regulation), the Company shall obtain stockholder approval in
such a manner and to such a degree as so required.
 
     21. Notices. All notices or other communications by a participant to the
Company under or in connection with the Plan shall be deemed to have been duly
given when received in the form specified by the Company at the location, or by
the person, designated by the Company for the receipt thereof.
 
     22. Conditions Upon Issuance of Shares. Shares shall not be issued with
respect to an option unless the exercise of such option and the issuance and
delivery of such shares pursuant thereto shall comply with all applicable
provisions of law, domestic or foreign, including, without limitation, the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the Act, the rules and regulations
promulgated thereunder, and the requirements of any stock exchange upon which
the shares may then be listed, and shall be further subject to the approval of
counsel for the Company with respect to such compliance.
 
     As a condition to the exercise of an option, the Company may require the
person exercising such option to represent and warrant at the time of any such
exercise that the shares are being purchased only for investment and without any
present intention to sell or distribute such shares if, in the opinion of
counsel for the Company, such a representation is required by any of the
aforementioned applicable provisions of law.
 
     23. Term of Plan. The Plan shall be come effective upon the earlier to
occur of its adoption by the Board of Directors or its approval by the
stockholders of the Company. It shall continue for a term of twenty (20) years
unless sooner terminated under paragraph 20.
 
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                       CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION
 
                     EMPLOYEE QUALIFIED STOCK PURCHASE PLAN
                             SUBSCRIPTION AGREEMENT
 
- --------- Original Application                                             Date:
- ------------------------------
- --------- Change in Payroll Deduction Rate
- --------- Change of Beneficiary
 
     1.                hereby elects to participate in the Cypress Semiconductor
Corporation Employee Qualified Stock Purchase Plan (the "Stock Purchase Plan")
and subscribes to purchase shares of the Company's Common Stock, with par value
$.01, in accordance with this Subscription Agreement and the Stock Purchase
Plan.
 
     2. I hereby authorize payroll deductions from each paycheck in the amount
of      % of my Compensation (not less than 2% nor more than 10%) on each payday
during the Offering Period in accordance with the Stock Purchase Plan. Such
deductions are to continue for succeeding Offering Periods until I give written
instructions for a change in or termination of such deductions.
 
     3. I understand that said payroll deductions shall be accumulated for the
purchase of shares of Common Stock at the applicable purchase price determined
in accordance with the Stock Purchase Plan. I further understand that, except as
otherwise set forth in the Stock Purchase Plan, shares will be purchased for me
automatically on each Exercise Date of the Offering Period unless I otherwise
withdraw from the Stock Purchase Plan by giving written notice to the Company
for such purpose.
 
     4. Shares purchased for me under the Stock Purchase Plan should be issued
in the name(s) of:
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- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
- ---------------------------------------------------------
 
     5. I understand that if I dispose of any shares received by me pursuant to
the Stock Purchase Plan within two years after the Offering Date (the first day
of the Offering Period during which I purchased such shares) or within one year
after the date on which such shares were delivered to me, I may be treated for
federal income tax purposes as having received ordinary income at the time of
such disposition in an amount generally measured as the excess of the fair
market value of the shares at the time such shares were delivered to me over the
price which I paid for the shares, and that I may be required to provide income
tax withholding on that amount. I hereby agree to notify the Company in writing
within 30 days after the date of any such disposition. However, if I dispose of
such shares at any time after the expiration of the two-year and one-year
holding periods, I understand that I will be treated for federal income tax
purposes as having received income only at the time of such disposition, and
that such income will be taxed as ordinary income only to the extent of an
amount equal to the lesser of (1) the excess of the fair market value of the
shares at the time of such disposition over the purchase price which I paid for
the shares under the option, or (2) the excess of the fair market value of the
shares over the option price, measured as if the option had been exercised on
the Offering Date. The remainder of the gain, if any, recognized on such
disposition will be taxed as capital gains.
 
     6. I have received a copy of the Company's most recent prospectus which
describes the Stock Purchase Plan and a copy of the complete "Cypress
Semiconductor Employee Qualified Stock Purchase Plan." I understand that my
participation in the Stock Purchase Plan is in all respects subject to the terms
of the Plan.
 
     7. I hereby agree to be bound by the terms of the Stock Purchase Plan. The
effectiveness of this Subscription Agreement is dependent upon my eligibility to
participate in the Stock Purchase Plan.
 
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     8. In the event of my death, I hereby designate the following as my
beneficiary(ies) to receive all payments and shares due me under the Stock
Purchase Plan:
 
NAME: (Please print)                      --------------------------------------
                                        (First)  (Middle)  (Last)
 
                                          --------------------------------------
                                          (Address)
 
                                          --------------------------------------
 
NAME: (Please print)                      --------------------------------------
                                        (First)  (Middle)  (Last)
 
                                          --------------------------------------
                                          (Address)
 
                                          --------------------------------------
Employee's Social
Security Number:                          --------------------------------------
 
Employee's Address:*                      --------------------------------------
 
                                          --------------------------------------
 
                                          --------------------------------------
 
     I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS SUBSCRIPTION AGREEMENT SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT
THROUGHOUT SUCCESSIVE OFFERING PERIODS UNLESS TERMINATED BY ME.
 
Dated:                                    --------------------------------------
                                                  Signature of Employee
 
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* It is the participant's responsibility to notify the company's stock
 administrator in the event of a change of address.
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P
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                        CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION

                  PROXY FOR 1998 ANNUAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS
           THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

        The undersigned stockholder of CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION, a
Delaware corporation, hereby acknowledges receipt of the Notice of Annual
Meeting of Stockholders and Proxy Statement, each dated March 28, 1998, and
hereby appoints T.J. Rodgers and Emmanuel Hernandez, and each of them, proxies
and attorneys-in-fact, with full power to each of substitution, on behalf and in
the name of the undersigned, to represent the undersigned at the 1998 Annual
Meeting of Stockholders of CYPRESS SEMICONDUCTOR CORPORATION to be held on
Friday, May 15, 1998, at 10:00 a.m., local time, at its offices located at 3939
North First Street, San Jose, California 95134 and at any adjournment or
adjournments thereof, and to vote all shares of Common Stock which the
undersigned would be entitled to vote, if then and there personally present, on
the matters set forth below.

        A majority of such attorneys or substitutes as shall be present and
shall act at said meeting or any adjournment or adjournments thereof (or if only
one shall represent and act, then that one) shall have and may exercise all the
powers of said attorneys-in-fact hereunder.


                                                               SEE REVERSE
                   CONTINUED AND TO BE SIGNED ON REVERSE SIDE      SIDE



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[X]   PLEASE MARK
      VOTES AS IN
      THIS EXAMPLE

THIS PROXY WILL BE VOTED AS DIRECTED, OR IF NO CONTRARY DIRECTION IS INDICATED,
WILL BE VOTED FOR THE ELECTION OF DIRECTORS, FOR THE RATIFICATION OF THE
APPOINTMENT OF PRICE WATERHOUSE LLP AS INDEPENDENT ACCOUNTANTS OF THE COMPANY,
FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE 1998 EMPLOYEE QUALIFIED STOCK PURCHASE PLAN, FOR THE
COMPANY'S PROPOSAL REGARDING COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AGAINST THE
SHAREHOLDER'S PROPOSAL REGARDING COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AND AS
SAID PROXIES DEEM ADVISABLE ON SUCH OTHER MATTERS AS MAY PROPERLY COME BEFORE
THE MEETING.

                                                        
1. ELECTION OF DIRECTORS: 

NOMINEES:  T.J. Rodgers; Pierre R. Lamond; Fred B.
           Bialek; Eric A. Benhamou; John C. Lewis

           [ ] FOR     [ ] WITHHELD

[ ] 
    ---------------------------------------------
    For all nominees except as noted above


THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS A VOTE FOR ITEMS 2, 3 AND 4 BELOW.

                                  FOR       AGAINST   ABSTAIN          
2. PROPOSAL TO RATIFY             [ ]         [ ]       [ ]
   THE APPOINTMENT OF                                          
   PRICE WATERHOUSE                                 MARK          [ ]
   LLP AS THE                                       HERE     
   INDEPENDENT                                      FOR     
   ACCOUNTANTS OF THE                               ADDRESS    
   COMPANY FOR FISCAL                               CHANGE AND  
   1998.                                            NOTE BELOW  


                                  FOR       AGAINST   ABSTAIN
3. PROPOSAL TO APPROVE            [ ]         [ ]       [ ]
   AMENDMENTS TO THE
   COMPANY'S QUALIFIED
   STOCK PURCHASE PLAN AND
   THE RESERVATION OF
   2,500,000 SHARES FOR
   ISSUANCES THEREUNDER.         

                                  FOR       AGAINST   ABSTAIN
4. PROPOSAL REGARDING             [ ]         [ ]       [ ]
   COMPANY'S COMPOSITION OF
   THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.


THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OPPOSES THE FOLLOWING STOCKHOLDER'S PROPOSAL, AND 
STRONGLY URGES A VOTE AGAINST THE PROPOSAL:

                                  FOR       AGAINST   ABSTAIN
5. STOCKHOLDER'S PROPOSAL         [ ]         [ ]       [ ]
   REGARDING COMPOSITION OF
   THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.


(This Proxy should be marked, dated, signed by each stockholder(s) exactly as
his or her name appears hereon, and returned promptly in the enclosed envelope.
Persons signing in a fiduciary capacity should so indicate. If shares are held
by joint tenants or as community property, both should sign.)

In their discretion, the proxies are authorized to vote upon such other matter
or matters which may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or
adjournments thereof

                                  
Signature:                              Date
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Signature:                              Date
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