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Tool improves design practices

Posted: 17 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cypress microsystems? cypress semiconductor? psoc express? development tool? psoc?

Cypress MicroSystems, a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., announced a new development tool designed for Cypress' PSoC mixed-signal arrays that claims to dramatically improve mixed-signal design practices.

According to the press release, PSoC Express is the first development tool that allows system engineers to develop microcontroller-based designs at a level that does not require any Assembly language or C programming. By operating at a higher level of abstraction than previously possible and removing the necessity to develop the required firmware, PSoC Express enables new designs to be created, simulated and programmed to the targeted PSoC device in hours or days instead of in weeks or months, the press release further said.

"Just as the object-oriented paradigm freed software developers from the complexity imposed by structured programming languages, PSoC Express frees hardware designers from the intricacies of current embedded development/design environments," commented Cypress MicroSystems President George Saul.

With PSoC Express, designers work within their areas of application expertise, defining a custom solution by choosing input and output devices from a catalog, and then logically linking them to define system behavior. The new tool also creates customized project documentation, including a datasheet with register map, interface schematics and BoM.

To further accelerate the design cycle, PSoC Express contains illustrative examples that the designer can learn from, use "as-is" or modify to meet specific application requirements. A proprietary application generation engine (linked transparently to a PSoC Designer low-level code generator) utilizes a catalog including real-world-device drivers, transfer functions and communication protocols like I?C and RS232, all of which are combined visually by the designer to build custom solutions.

Cypress's PSoC mixed signal arrays are programmable SoCs that integrate an MCU and the analog and digital components that typically surround it in an embedded system. A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions and a MCU, saving customers design time, board space, power consumption and system costs.

Cypress disclosed that they plan to release quarterly catalog updates and will release later this year a complete Content Developer's Guide to enable third parties to generate PSoC Express content.

The PSoC Express is already available, at no charge, from the company's website. The PSoC Express development kit (CY3210-ExpressDK) is available from Cypress' online store.

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