PSoC dev board combines with IDE to hasten development

October 13, 2017 Rich Nass

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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Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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