Cypress Semiconductor is one of those vendors that designers seem to gravitate to, mostly because their products are very easy to use. I’m referring to board-level products, design kits, eval boards, software-development kits, and the like. To that end, the company has just released the PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit and PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE) software version 4.2. This combination lets developers begin designing with the PSoC 6 microcontroller in an IoT application. PSoC BLE 6 is a low-power MCU with built-in Bluetooth Low Energy wireless connectivity and integrated hardware-based security. It’s built with an ARM Cortex-M4 core as a host processor and a Cortex-M0+ to manage peripheral functions, such as capacitive sensing.
The PSoC BLE Pioneer Kit enables development of touch and gesture-based interfaces that employ a linear slider, touch buttons, and proximity sensors based on Cypress’ CapSense capacitive-sensing technology. Designers can add USB Power Delivery (PD) with a USB-C controller. The kit also includes a 2.7-inch E-ink Display Shield add-on board with thermistor, digital mic, and 9-axes motion sensor.
The PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-062-BLE) is available now for $75. PSoC 6 devices are currently sampling. Production devices are expected by the end of 2017.
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