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Prototyping kit allows upgrade of legacy design to 32bit ARM

Posted: 18 Jun 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cypress Semiconductor  CapSense  prototyping kit  embedded system  ARM 

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has announced a PSoC 4 prototyping kit that allows embedded system design engineers to upgrade their 8bit and 16bit legacy designs to a 32bit ARM CPU. The $4 CY8CKIT-049 prototyping kit enables designers to leverage the powerful 32bit ARM Cortex-M0 core, programmable analogue and digital peripherals, and the CapSense capacitive touch-sensing technology of Cypress' PSoC 4 architecture, detailed the company.

The kit can be used for both prototyping and production and comes with Cypress' free, easy-to-use PSoC Creator integrated design environment (IDE), which features hundreds of example projects to enable rapid product development. Additionally, the company is offering a promotion on select devices in the PSoC 4200 family for just $1, with no restrictions on quantities, valid until September 28, 2014.

The 3.59 x 0.95in CY8CKIT-049 prototyping kit provides access to all of the I/Os on these PSoC 4 devices, allowing for fast, simple programming via an on-board bootloader through Cypress' USB-Serial Bridge Controller with a unique snap-away design. The PSoC Creator IDE complements the kit and silicon with more than 100 pre-verified, production-ready components, free embedded ICs represented by an icon, which can be dragged and dropped into designs.

CY8CKIT-049 prototyping kit

PSoC 4 is Cypress' latest ARM-based PSoC architecture, featuring the low-power Cortex-M0 core combined with PSoC's unique programmable mixed-signal hardware IP. PSoC 4200 devices feature a 12bit SAR ADC, two op amps, two comparators, four timer/counter/PWM blocks, two serial communication blocks and four PLD-enabled universal digital blocks. Additionally, all PSoC 4 devices offer a dedicated CapSense block for fast implementation of sleek, reliable touch-sensing user interfaces. Designers can add CapSense touch-sensing to the CY8CKIT-049 prototyping kit without any external components by simply adding copper tape for conductivity. PSoC 4200 devices provide up to 32KB Flash memory and 4KB of SRAM, and they are available in 40-QFN, 28-SSOP and 44-QFP packages.

The PSoC 4 Prototyping Kit is available. The $1 PSoC 4 promotion is a limited time offer available only on three promotional devices in the PSoC 4200 family: CG7999AA (40-QFN), CG8000AA (44-TQFP) and CG8001AA (28-SSOP). These devices are available via Cypress' Webstore and through distributors Digikey, Mouser and Newark. This promotional price does not apply to any other devices in the PSoC 4 family.

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