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PicoScopes add EZ-USB FX3 controller for USB 3.0

Posted: 23 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cypress? USB 3.0? power adaptor? processor? FPGA?

Cypress Semiconductor has recently announced that the world's first USB 3.0 oscilloscopes, the PicoScope 3207A and 3207B, use Cypress's EZ-USB FX3 USB 3.0 controller. The two-channel USB oscilloscopes have 250MHz bandwidth, 1 GS/s sampling rate, 512MS buffer memory and a built-in function generator and arbitrary waveform generator. The scopes obtain power from the USB port, disregarding the need for an external power adaptor.

"USB 3.0 ports are appearing on most new computers and laptops," said Alan Tong, Pico Technology's Managing Director, "so buyers of USB oscilloscopes will expect to benefit from the higher data transfer rate. With the new USB 3.0 PicoScopes, large data captures and streaming of large data sets are now much faster. Cypress's FX3 controller enabled us to deliver these scopes to market quickly and cost-effectively."

Cypress's EZ-USB FX3 is the industry's only programmable USB 3.0 peripheral controller. Its on-chip ARM9 CPU core with 512KB RAM delivers 200 MIPS of computational power. FX3 is equipped with a fully configurable General Programmable Interface (GPIF II), which can be programmed in 8-, 16-, and 32bit configurations. GPIF II enables FX3 to communicate directly to any processor, FPGAs, and image sensors and provides a data transfer rate at up to 400 Megabytes per second.

"We're pleased to enable another first for USB 3.0 with the new PicoScopes," said Mark Fu, Senior Marketing Director for the USB 3.0 Business Unit at Cypress. "FX3 is rapidly becoming the de facto USB 3.0 industry standard due to its performance, flexibility and ease-of-use."

Further information regarding the EZ-USB FX3 can be found here.





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