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Cypress outs prototyping kit, offers PSoC 4 chips at $1

Posted: 17 Jun 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:prototyping kit? PSoC 4? Cortex-M0?

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has released a prototyping kit that allows upgrade of legacy designs to a 32bit ARM CPU for less than a pack of AA batteriesat $4.

The CY8CKIT-049 prototyping kit enables designers to leverage the ARM Cortex-M0 core, programmable analogue and digital peripherals, and the CapSense capacitive touch-sensing technology of Cypress' PSoC 4 architecture. The kit can be used for both prototyping and production and comes with the company's 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 91.186mm by 24.13mm platform provides access to all of the I/Os on all PSoC 4 devices, allowing for fast, simple programming via an on-board bootloader through the company's USB-serial bridge controller featuring a snap-away design. The PSoC Creator IDE complements the kit and silicon with more than 100 pre-verified, production-ready componentsfree embedded ICs represented by an iconthat can be dragged and dropped into designs.

PSoC 4 is Cypress' latest ARM-based PSoC architecture, featuring the low-power Cortex-M0 core combined with PSoC's programmable mixed-signal hardware IP. PSoC 4200 devices incorporate a 12bit SAR ADC, two opamps, two comparators, four timer/counter/PWM blocks, two serial communication blocks, and four PLD-enabled Universal Digital Blocks. These devices provide up to 32kB flash memory and 4kB of SRAM, and are available in 40-QFN, 28-SSOP and 44-QFP packages.

Meanwhile, all PSoC 4 devices offer a dedicated CapSense block for fast implementation of touch-sensing user interfaces. Designers can add CapSense touch-sensing to the prototyping kit without any external components by simply adding copper tape for conductivity.

 CY8CKIT-049 prototyping kit

The prototyping kit provides a low-cost alternative to device samples while providing a platform to easily develop and integrate the PSoC 4 device into an end system. Source: Cypress

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