PSoCs create more control

14 September 2009

PSoC architecture
PSoC architecture

Cypress claims to have made a leap forward with its new range of programmable SoCs

Cypress Semiconductor has announced two new architectures in its PSoC programmable system-on-chip platform that increase performance and extend the world’s only programmable analogue and digital embedded design platform to deliver a combination of time-to-market, integration, and flexibility across 8-, 16-, and 32-bit applications. This new programmable analogue and digital embedded design platform is powered by the PSoC Creator Integrated Development Environment, which introduces a schematic-based design capture along with fully tested, pre-packaged analogue and digital peripherals easily customisable 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.

The programmable analogue and digital peripherals in PSoC 3 and PSoC 5, along with new high performance 8-bit and 32-bit MCU sub-systems, enable new capabilities such as motor control, intelligent power supply and battery management, human interfaces such as CapSense touch sensing, LCD segment display, graphics control, as well as audio/voice processing, communication protocols, and much more. These new capabilities dramatically expand the markets that PSoC can address, including industrial, medical, automotive, communications and consumer equipment. The total available market for PSoC products is now expanded to over fifteen billion dollars, spanning across 8-, 16- and 32-bit applications, as well as precision analogue markets.

The new PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 architectures include high-precision, programmable analogue resources that can be configured as ADCs, DACs, TIAs, Mixers, PGAs, OpAmps, and more. They also include enhanced programmable-logic based digital resources that can be configured as 8-, 16-, 24- and 32-bit timers, counters, and PWMs, as well as more advanced digital peripherals such as Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC), Pseudo Random Sequence (PRS) generators, and quadrature decoders. Designers have the ability to customise this digital system through full featured general purpose PLD-based logic available in PSoC 3 and PSoC 5. The new architectures also support a wide range of communications interfaces, including Full-Speed USB, I2C, SPI, UART, CAN, LIN, and I2S.

The new PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 architectures are powered by high performance, industry-standard processors. The PSoC 3 architecture is based on a new, high-performance 8-bit 8051 processor with up to 33 MIPS, while the PSoC 5 architecture includes a powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 processor with up to 100 DMIPS. Both architectures meet 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 200nA hibernate current.

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