Cypress Semiconductor's PSoC 3, PSoC 5 and PSoC Creator

DN Staff

April 10, 2010

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Cypress Semiconductor's PSoC 3, PSoC 5 and PSoC Creator

PSoC 3and PSoC 5 offer the world's only programmable analog and digital embeddeddesign platform, delivering unmatched time-to-market, integration, andflexibility across 8-, 16-, and 32-bit applications, as well as precisionanalog markets. PSoC 3 devices are based on a high-performance 8-bit 8051processor, while PSoC 5 devices include a powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 processor.The architectures offer high-precision programmable analog including 12- to20-bit delta-sigma ADCs, digital logic libraries full of dozens of drop-inperipherals, best-in-class power management and rich connectivity resources.The architectures are supported by new PSoC Creator software, which introducesa unique schematic-based design methodology. PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 empowerdesigners to create, change and reuse designs quickly and efficiently insoftware. This enables designers todevelop feature-rich products rapidly and cost-efficiently with the ability toaccommodate last-minute changes, and provides an easy migration from 8 to 32 bits. The PSoC Creatorintegrated development environment abstracts away the hardware so a designerdoes not need to be an expert on the device or the inner workings ofperipherals to be programmed. It routes on-chip connections and I/Oautomatically, and it generates APIs for the peripherals and on-chip functionsto ensure error-free interaction from software. The analog capabilities of the PSoC 3 and PSoC 5architectures combine high-precision fixed-function analog, such as a 20-bitDelta-Sigma ADC, with a set of programmable analog peripherals that can be usedto implement mixers, trans-impedance amplifiers, buffers, PGAs and more. EachUniversal Digital Block in the architecture can perform the function of alow-end processor, can be chained together with other UDBs to enable largerfunctions, or can implement digital peripherals such as timers, counters, PWMs,UARTs, I2C, SPI and CRCs.

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