John Kispert

Former Director, Cypress

Cypress Semiconductor Corp.

Prior to joining the Cypress board, Kispert was the chief executive officer of Spansion Inc. and a member of the Spansion board of directors. He joined Spansion in 2009 and led Spansion’s turnaround, successfully refocusing the company’s strategy for growth. Kispert has a broad background spanning executive and operational roles at semiconductor and technology companies. Prior to joining Spansion, Kispert spent 13 years in a number of executive management roles at KLA-Tencor, including president and chief operations officer. Kispert also held several senior management positions with IBM. He serves on the board of directors of Gigamon Inc. and TriNet. Kispert received his bachelor's degree in political science from Grinnell College and his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Articles by John Kispert
  • Spansion and Cypress to Merge

    Today we announced exciting news–we are combining with Cypress. This is a merger of equals, bringing together two technology-oriented companies that each hold leading positions in memory, programmable system-on-chip solutions (PSoC), analog products and microcontrollers. By combining world-class microcontrollers and PSoCs with Flash, SRAM, Touch, fingerprint recognition and connectivity such as BLE and USB, we

  • Spansion’s Energy Harvesting, HyperFlash and HyperBus Technology Recognized by Leading Embedded Publications

    This was an exciting week for Spansion, with news the company was awarded not one, not two, but three embedded honors from EDN and Electronic Design. Each year, EDN and Electronic Design release the Hot 100 Products and the Best of 2014 lists, respectively, representing innovative solutions and products driving the analog, communications, digital, embedded

  • 2014 – The Year of the Edge

    Spansion’s Top Five Highlights of 2013 and Trends for 2014 Every year we sit back and reflect on the year behind us and what’s ahead of us.  This is especially true in the technology industry.  Things happen so quickly in our world that looking back or ahead just 12 months yields a huge horizon.  So

  • Close on Fujitsu MCU and Analog Business Acquisition Brings Broad Solutions Portfolio for Embedded Design

    On April 30, we announced our intent to acquire the Microcontroller and Analogy / Mixed Signal business of Fujitsu and I blogged about what this would mean for embedded customers.  Today, we closed on the acquisition and are ready to move forward to make the most of the synergies between Spansion Flash memory business and

  • Behind the Acquisition News: Why Spansion is Acquiring Fujitsu’s Microcontroller and Analog Business

    Bringing Together Winning Teams and Products As you may have read or heard, Spansion announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire the Microcontroller and Analog business of Fujitsu. For us, and for our community of partners and customers, this is pretty big news.  Spansion and Fujitsu have been partners for a long

  • Reflections on 2012; 2013 Perspective

    Earlier this year, I predicted five trends that would continue to drive Flash memory sales: widespread usage of connected devices; increasingly advanced embedded applications; greater User Interface (UI) interactivity, increased interest in underlying technologies of non-volatile memory, and accelerated rollout of new cellular technologies.

  • Memory Matters for User Interface Innovation

    Three market drivers are changing the way we work, play and interact with devices and the world — intelligence, connectivity and the user interface.

  • Voice Recognition – The Next User Interface Paradigm Shift

    The history of User Interface (UI) technology is an interesting one, filled with various twists and turns. Over the years, user experience has rapidly become a critical component in propelling innovation and advances in technology across vertical industries. Take personal computers, which only became mainstream after the mouse and graphical interface made communication between human

  • Five Trends to Watch in 2012

    2012 will mark a further acceleration in the use of Flash Memory as a critical computing component. Beyond the tablets, smartphones and enterprise SSDs, NAND and NOR Flash memory are growing and making an impact throughout all our lives at work, on the road, at home and at play. Here are five trends we expect

  • Leadership in a Downturn

    As macroeconomic challenges continue to impact the semiconductor industry, I am reminded of the lessons learned from prior semiconductor downturns.  In particular, three important lessons underscore a company’s ability to successfully manage industry cyclicality and weather the storm: Even in a downturn, successful companies deliver highly innovative, differentiated products that enable profitable market share growth

  • Creating Electronics Innovation By Licensing IP and Technology

    This agreement today validates the strength of our IP portfolio and demonstrates our employees’ determination and smart innovation – two important values of Spansion. We have a strong foundation to build from and we plan to expand our licensing business for both our IP and technology.