New development platform

07 June 2010

Cypress Semiconductor has introduced the new development platform for the PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip architecture
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced the new development platform for the PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip architecture

Programmable System-on-Chip architecture with ARM Cortex-M3 Processor.

Cypress Semiconductor has introduced the new development platform for the PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip architecture.

The company unveiled two new design kits, a new version of the PSoC Creator Integrated Development Environment (IDE), and announced that devices from the CY8C55xxx family are now sampling.

The programmable analogue and digital peripherals in PSoC 5, along with the high performance 32bit ARM Cortex-M3 processor, position PSoC 5 for applications such as industrial, medical, automotive, and consumer equipment.

PSoC 5 devices offer integrated analogue 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 development platform, including kits, samples and PSoC Creator, are available today now.

The PSoC 5 FirstTouch Starter Kit (CY8CKIT-014) helps designers to become acquainted with the new PSoC 5 architecture. It includes software and example projects that take advantage of the kit’s onboard sensors including an accelerometer, a thermistor, proximity sensing, and CapSense. The kit enables easy development via 28 general-purpose I/O pins, a 12-pin wireless module header, and Serial Wire Debugging (SWD). It also includes the PSoC Creator IDE, a design environment that combines schematic and textual entry with pre-configured, pre-tested components that can be simply ‘dropped in to’ designs.

The CY8CKIT-010 PSoC CY8C55 Family Processor Module Kit is available for more in-depth design. 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 PSoC Creator and PSoC Designer software. Sample projects are also provided.

“We’re confident that PSoC 5 will build upon the success of PSoC 1 and PSoC 3, and engineers will find the unique programmable analogue and digital resources combined with the proven Cortex-M3 core to be a powerful embedded design platform,” said Matt Branda, PSoC Platform Marketing Director for Cypress. “The broad base of ARM eco-system customers now have the ability to take advantage of the revolutionary PSoC platform.”

Eric Schorn, VP Marketing, Processor Division, ARM, added: “The flexibility and integration of PSoC meshes perfectly with the high performance and low power of the Cortex-M3 to deliver a truly powerful product for embedded designers. The integration of the Cortex-M3 processor into the innovative PSoC 5 platform is a clear demonstration of the processor’s growing adoption and flexibility for a wide range of applications."

The PSoC 5 architecture combines the ARM Cortex-M3 processor, which operates at a maximum frequency of 80MHz, enabling up to 100 DMIPS of performance, with flexible analogue and digital subsystems. The analogue subsystem include high-precision, programmable analogue resources such as ADCs, DACs, TIAs, Mixers, PGAs, OpAmps and more that can be configured to suit a designers needs. The digital subsystem includes enhanced programmable-logic based digital resources that can be configured as 8, 16, 24 and 32bit 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 5. The new architectures also support a wide range of communications interfaces, including Full-Speed USB, I2C, SPI, UART, CAN, LIN, and I2S.

The 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 analogue 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 Integrated Development Environment, which introduces a schematic-based design capture along with fully tested, pre-packaged analogue and digital peripherals customisable through user-intuitive wizards and APIs to meet specific design requirements.

Samples of the CY8C55xxx family of PSoC 5 devices are available now in 100-pin TQFP and 68-pin QFN packages from Cypress. Full production is expected in Q1 2011.

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