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New Cypress $4 PSoC 4 Prototyping Kit Streamlines Upgrades of Legacy MCU Designs to 32-Bit ARM Performance 

Easy-to-Use Prototyping Board Accelerates Time-to-Production; Combines with $1 PSoC 4 Promotion and Free PSoC Creator IDE to Smash Barriers to Entry  

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 16, 2014 – Embedded system design engineers looking to upgrade their 8- and 16-bit legacy designs to a 32-bit ARM CPU can do so for less than a pack of AA batteries, thanks to a new PSoC 4 prototyping kit from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. The $4 CY8CKIT-049 Prototyping Kit enables designers to leverage the powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 core, programmable analog and digital peripherals, and the industry-leading CapSense capacitive touch-sensing technology of Cypress’s PSoC 4 architecture.

The kit can be used for both prototyping and production and comes with Cypress’s free, easy-to-use PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE), which features hundreds of example projects to enable rapid product development. Additionally, Cypress is offering a promotion on select devices in the PSoC 4200 family for just $1, with no restrictions on quantities, valid until September 28, 2014.

“Cypress has shattered the barrier for entry into 32-bit ARM designs with the most compelling combination of price and performance available in the market,” said John Weil, Senior Director of PSoC Marketing and Applications at Cypress. “Our new $4 prototyping kit delivers the industry’s most mixed-signal technology per square inch compared to competing boards.
Designers can use it to quickly create prototypes leveraging our custom hardware programmability with PSoC Creator. And with our $1 promotional offer on silicon, we are giving engineers added incentive to see the value PSoC 4 brings to their designs.”

The 3.59-inch by 0.95-inch CY8CKIT-049 Prototyping Kit provides access to all of the I/Os on these PSoC 4 devices, allowing for fast, simple programming via an on-board bootloader through Cypress’s USB-Serial Bridge Controller with a unique snap-away design. The PSoC Creator IDE complements the kit and silicon with more than 100 pre-verified, production-ready components—free embedded ICs represented by an icon—that can be dragged and dropped into designs.

PSoC 4 is Cypress's newest ARM-based PSoC architecture, featuring the low-power Cortex-M0 core combined with PSoC's unique programmable mixed-signal hardware IP. The result is the industry's most flexible and scalable low-power mixed-signal architecture. PSoC 4200 devices feature a 12-bit SAR ADC, two opamps, two comparators, four Timer/Counter/PWM blocks, two serial communication blocks, and four PLD-enabled Universal Digital Blocks.Additionally, all PSoC 4 devices offer a dedicated CapSense block for fast implementation of sleek, reliable touch-sensing user interfaces.

Designers can add CapSense touch-sensing to the CY8CKIT-049 Prototyping Kit without any external components by simply adding copper tape for conductivity. PSoC 4200 devices provide up to 32 kB Flash memory and 4 kB of SRAM, and they are available in 40-QFN, 28-SSOP and 44-QFP packages.

Availability

The PSoC 4 Prototyping Kit is available via Cypress’s Webstore at www.cypress.com/store and through all franchised distributors worldwide. Visit the PSoC 4 Prototyping Kit webpage for the board schematics, example projects and the user guide.
The $1 PSoC 4 promotion is a limited time offer available only on three promotional devices in the PSoC 4200 family: CG7999AA (40-QFN), CG8000AA (44-TQFP) and CG8001 (28-SSOP). These devices are available via Cypress’s Webstore at www.cypress.com/store and through distributors Digikey, Mouser and Newark. This promotional price does not apply to any other devices in the PSoC 4 family.

 



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