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PSoC sol'n packs new IDE version, design kits

Posted: 15 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PSoC solutions  IDE  processor  integrated development environment 

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is rolling out a new version of the PSoC Creator Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and two new design kits for the development of PSoC 5 programmable SoC architecture solutions

The programmable analogue and digital peripherals in PSoC 5, along with the high performance 32bit ARM Cortex-M3 processor, position PSoC 5 for demanding applications such as industrial, medical, automotive, and consumer equipment. PSoC 5 devices offer integrated analogue resources, including one 20bit Delta Sigma ADC and two 12bit SAR ADCs with sample rates as high as 1MSps. The PSoC 5 architecture also includes the powerful, PLD-based universal digital blocks for implementing standard and custom digital peripherals.

The PSoC 5 FirstTouch Starter Kit (CY8CKIT-014) helps designers get acquainted with the new PSoC 5 architecture. It includes software and example projects which take advantage of the kit's onboard sensors including an accelerometer, a thermistor, proximity sensing, and CapSense. The kit enables easy development via 28 GPIO pins, a 12-pin wireless module header, and Serial Wire Debugging. It also includes the PSoC Creator IDE, a powerful design environment that combines schematic and textual entry with pre-configured, pre-tested components that can be simply "dropped-into" designs.

The CY8CKIT-010psoC CY8C55 family processor module kit is available for more in-depth design work. It works with the PSoC Development Kit (CY8CKIT-001), which offers support for the entire PSoC line. The CY8CKIT-001 kit contains a main PSoC development board, and three processor module boards for the different architectures: PSoC 1, PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 devices. It also includes a MiniProg3 debug and evaluation device, prototyping cable kit, a USB cable, a 12V AC power adapter, and both PSoC Creator and PSoC Designer software. Sample projects are also provided.

The PSoC 5 architecture combines ARM Cortex-M3 processor, which operates at a maximum frequency of 80MHz enabling up to 100 DMIPS of performance, with flexible analogue and digital sub-systems. The analogue sub-system include high-precision, programmable analogue resources such as ADCs, DACs, TIAs, mixers, PGAs, op amps and more that can be configured to suit a designers unique needs. The digital sub-system includes enhanced programmable-logic based digital resources that can be configured as 8-, 16-, 24- and 32bit timers, counters and pulse-width modulators, as well as more advanced digital peripherals such as CRC, pseudo random sequence generators, and quadrature decoders. Designers have a unique ability to customise this digital system through full featured general purpose PLD-based logic available in PSoC 5. The new architectures also support a wide range of communications interfaces, including Full-Speed USB, I²C, SPI, UART, CAN, LIN and I²S.

The new PSoC 5 architecture meets the demands of extremely low power applications by delivering the industry's widest voltage range from 5.5V down to 0.5V along with low 300nA hibernate current. It offers programmable routing, allowing any signal, whether analogue or digital, to be routed to any general-purpose I/O to ease circuit board layout. This capability includes the ability to route LCD segment display and CapSense signals to any GPIO pin.

The PSoC 5 architecture is powered by the PSoC Creator IDE, which introduces a unique schematic-based design capture along with fully tested, pre-packaged analogue and digital peripherals easily customisable through user-intuitive wizards and APIs to meet specific design requirements. PSoC Creator enables engineers to design the way they think and dramatically shorten time-to-market, and allow a seamless transition between 8bit PSoC 3 designs and 32bit PSoC 5 designs with pin and API compatibility.

Samples of the CY8C55xxx family of PSoC 5 devices are available today in 100-pin TQFP and 68-pin QFN packages from local Cypress sales representatives and authorised distributors. Full production is expected in Q1 11.

The PSoC 5 FirstTouch starter kit (CY8CKIT-014) is priced at Rs.2,262.67 ($49.00). The CY8CKIT-010psoC CY8C55 family processor module kit is priced at Rs.3,001.51 ($65). The PSoC 5 processor module is priced at Rs.3,001.51 ($65). The CY8CKIT-001psoC Development Kit is also available, priced at Rs.11,498.07 ($249).

- Toni McConnel
Embedded.com





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