Getting Your Hands on the Cypress PSoC

Rob Spiegel

March 23, 2015

2 Min Read
Getting Your Hands on the Cypress PSoC

The Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC) BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) development kit from Cypress Semiconductor only costs $49, and the kit makes it easy to build sophisticated devices such as glucose and heart-rate monitors. There is also a wealth of application notes on the Cypress website, as well as embedded datasheets within the PSoC Creator software.

You can also get nearly hands-on experience with the Cypress PSoC by attending Design News' Continuing Education Center course, Getting Hands-On with Cypress' PSoC, March 30-April 3 at 2 p.m. EST. This free course, sponsored by Digi-Key, will explore projects and case studies, as well as present the new PSoC BLE, which enables low-power wireless systems.

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The Cypress PSoC comes with handy component building blocks such as op-amps, and digital and analog circuits (also known as mixed-signal technology) that are embedded within a microcontroller substrate. "The PSoC microcontroller lets you focus on product development as opposed to coding," said Don Wilcher, a Design News blogger who will be leading the week-long course. Wilcher has 26 years of experience with industrial design.

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The course, which will start out with a 30-minute lecture, followed by a 30-minute online Q&A, will give attendees the tools to get moving on developing products. "Once you get the design knowledge of the PSoC, you can rapidly create products and reduce the size of the product considerably due to the PSoC's all-in-one circuit components inside the microcontroller," said Wilcher. "Also, it's fun to use a PSoC in all types of electronics products and gadgets." Wilcher stressed the ease of use with the Cypress kit. "The key element is the ease with which product concepts can be rapidly developed using the PSoC Creator," he said. "No programming knowledge is required, which helps a lot."

Attendees will learn the core components (analog and digital circuit functions) inside of a PSoC, and they will also learn how to implement electronic designs using PSoC Creator. "We'll use examples of PSoCs to provide the inspiration and motivation so you can explore this PSoC on your own," said Wilcher. "We'll discuss the Internet of Things and how you can take part in this technology revolution with the PSoC BLE Pioneer kit."

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 15 years, 12 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years he was owner and publisher of the food magazine, Chile Pepper.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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