Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has announced the public release of the PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit and PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE) software version 4.2 that enable designers to begin innovating with the PSoC 6 microcontroller (MCU) for IoT applications. PSoC BLE 6 is the industry’s lowest power, most flexible MCU with built-in Bluetooth Low Energy wireless connectivity and integrated hardware-based security in a single device.
“We have seen overwhelming interest in PSoC 6 with more than 2,500 customers registering for our early adopter program in just a few months,” said John Weil, VP and GM of the MCU business unit at Cypress. “Initial feedback from early adopters has been that the combination of features in PSoC 6 really hits the mark for IoT designs. We are excited to see how our broader customer base will now use the PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit to develop innovative products.”
Early adopters are utilising the flexible dual-core architecture of PSoC 6, using the Arm Cortex-M4 core as a host processor and the Cortex-M0+ core to manage peripheral functions such as capacitive sensing, Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity and sensor aggregation. Early adopter applications include wearables, personal medical devices and wireless speakers. Designers are also utilising the built-in security features in PSoC 6 to help guard against unwanted access to data. Designers can find more information on the PSoC 6 MCU architecture at http://www.cypress.com/PSoC6.
The PSoC BLE Pioneer Kit features a PSoC 63 MCU with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity. The kit enables development of modern touch and gesture-based interfaces that are robust and reliable with a linear slider, touch buttons and proximity sensors based on the latest generation of Cypress’ industry-leading CapSense capacitive-sensing technology. Designers can also use the board to add USB Power Delivery (PD) with its Cypress EZ-PD CCG3 USB-C controller. The kit also includes a 2.7-inch E-ink Display Shield add-on board (CY8CKIT-028-EPD) with thermistor, digital mic, and 9-axes motion sensor. Designers can find more information on the PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-062-BLE) at http://www.cypress.com/cy8ckit-062-ble.
Enabling innovative IoT devices with intuitive software support
Offering best-in-class flexibility and ease-of-use, the PSoC 6 MCU architecture can serve as the catalyst for differentiated, visionary IoT devices. Designers can use software-defined peripherals to create custom analog front-ends (AFEs) or digital interfaces for innovative system components such as E-ink displays. The architecture is supported by Cypress’ PSoC Creator IDE and the expansive Arm ecosystem. Designers can find more information about PSoC Creator at http://www.cypressw.com/creator.
The PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-062-BLE) is available for purchase for $75 USD at the Cypress Online Store and through select distribution partners. PSoC 6 devices are currently sampling. Production devices are expected by the end of 2017.