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Premier Farnell, Cypress debut PSoC 4 architecture

Posted: 11 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:element14? PSoC? Cortex-M0? development kit? electronic design?

Premier Farnell and Cypress Semiconductor Corp have recently announced the availability of the new PSoC 4 Pioneer Development Kit from element14. The new development kit lets designers discover the capabilities of the new PSoC 4 programmable system-on-chip architecture that combines Cypress' PSoC analogue and digital fabric with ARM's Cortex-M0 core.

Premier Farnell offers design engineers a space to share project concepts with 160,000 members in its award-winning online community element14, the first of its kind. Additionally the industry's most comprehensive online knowledge tool for electronic design the Knode on element14 is a first stop for any engineer undertaking a design project with a new development kit.

The PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit is highly expandable. It includes connectors for Arduino-compatible shields and Digilent PMOD daughter cards, enabling customers to pick from a variety of third-party expansion boards. In addition, an on board PSoC 5LP device serves as the programmer and debugger, eliminating the need for external programmers.

The new PSoC 4 device class will challenge proprietary 8bit and 16bit microcontrollers (MCUs), along with other 32bit devices. Cypress's platform solution PSoC 4, PSoC Creator and PSoC Components simplifies and accelerates the design process, reduces the bill of materials, and provides extraordinary system value. A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions and "future-proofs" designs, enabling designers to transform resources on-the-fly.

The PSoC 4 architecture offers best-in-class power leakage of 150 nA while retaining SRAM memory, programmable logic and the ability to wake up from an interrupt. In addition to capacitive sensing, PSoC 4 targets field-oriented control (FOC) motor control, temperature sensing, security access, portable medical, and many other applications.

Further information regarding the PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit can be found here.

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