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PSoC 5 dev't platform includes new IDE, design kits

Posted: 05 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PSoC platform? IDE? processor? integrated development environment?

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

The programmable analog 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 analog 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-010 PSoC 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 the industry-leading ARM Cortex-M3 processor, which operates at a maximum frequency of 80MHz enabling up to 100 DMIPS of performance, with flexible analog and digital subsystems. The analog subsystem include high-precision, programmable analog resources such as ADCs, DACs, TIAs, mixers, PGAs, op amps and more that can be configured to suit a designers unique needs. The digital subsystem 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 customize 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, I?C, SPI, UART, CAN, LIN and I?S.

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 analog 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 analog and digital peripherals easily customizable 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 authorized distributors. Full production is expected in Q1 11.

The PSoC 5 FirstTouch starter kit (CY8CKIT-014) is priced at US$49.00. The CY8CKIT-010 PSoC CY8C55 family processor module kit is priced at $65. The PSoC 5 processor module is priced at $65. The CY8CKIT-001 PSoC Development Kit is also available, priced at $249.

- Toni McConnel

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