Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
introduced the new development platform for the revolutionary 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 unique programmable analog and digital peripherals in PSoC 5, along with
the high performance 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor, position PSoC 5 for
demanding applications such as industrial, medical, automotive, and consumer
equipment. PSoC 5 devices offer industry-leading 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 the powerful,
PLD-based Universal Digital Blocks for implementing standard and custom digital
PSoC 5 FirstTouch™ Starter Kit (CY8CKIT-014) helps designers get acquainted
with the new PSoC 5 architecture. It includes software and example projects
which 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
powerful design environment that combines schematic and textual entry with
pre-configured, pre-tested components that can be simply "dropped-into"
designs. The kit is available today, priced at US$49.00.
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 kit is available today, priced at
US$249.00. The PSoC 5 processor module is priced at US$65.00.
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