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New Development Tools for PSoC 5 Programmable System-on-Chip Architecture

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New development tools are becoming available for the PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip architecture from Cypress Semiconductor in the form of two new design kits and a new version of the PSoC Creator Integrated Development Environment (IDE). PSoC 5 incorporates both analog and digital peripherals along with the high-performance 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 processor, which positions PSoC 5 for demanding applications such as industrial, medical, automotive and consumer equipment. PSoC 5 devices offer integrated analog resources, including one 20-bit Delta Sigma ADC and two 12-bit SAR ADCs with sample rates as high as 1 Msps. The PSoC 5 architecture also includes PLD-based Universal Digital Blocks for implementing standard and custom digital peripherals. The new PSoC 5 development platform including kits, samples and PSoC Creator are available today.

The PSoC 5 FirstTouch Starter Kit (CY8CKIT-014) helps designers get 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 design environment that combines schematic and textual entry with preconfigured, pretested 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 FirstTouch Starter Kit and CY8CKIT-010 PSoC CY8C55 Family Processor Module Kit are both available today, priced at $49 and $65, respectively. The CY8CKIT-001 PSoC Development Kit is also available, priced at $249.

Cypress Semiconductor, San Jose, CA. (408) 943-2600. [www.cypress.com].