Combined with the free PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE), the expandable kit enables engineers to create designs using the PSoC 4 Programmable System-on-Chip. Embedded engineers have the power of an ARM Cortex-M0 processor combined with the flexibility of the programmable analogue and digital fabric of the PSoC architecture.The PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit is expandable, with Arduino Shield and Digilent Pmod compatible connectors. The new kit also includes a CapSense slider, an RGB LED, a user button and more. In addition, an onboard PSoC 5LP device serves as the programmer and debugger, eliminating the need for external programmers.
“PSoC 4 combines PSoC’s programmable analog and digital fabric with the powerful, economical ARM Cortex-M0 processor,” said John Weil, senior director of PSoC Marketing and Applications for Cypress. “This new PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit is the perfect development platform for this architecture because it provides tremendous functionality at a low price.”
The PSoC 4 architecture offers power leakage of 150 nA while retaining SRAM memory, programmable logic, and the ability to wake up from an interrupt. In stop mode, it consumes only 20 nA while maintaining wake-up capability. It has the widest operating voltage range of any Cortex-M0-based device, enabling full analogue and digital operation from 1.71V to 5.5V. It also enhances Cypress’s, industry-leading CapSense capacitive-touch sensing technology with good levels of noise immunity. In addition to capacitive sensing, PSoC 4 targets field-oriented control (FOC) motor control, temperature sensing, security access, portable medical, and many other applications. The PSoC 4 architecture delivers access to over 50 PSoC Components—“virtual chips ” represented by icons in Cypress’s PSoC Creator IDE. The PSoC 4 architecture will challenge proprietary 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), along with other 32-bit devices. Cypress plans to announce the availability of new PSoC 4 families in the first half of 2013 and delivery of the PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit by the end of April 2013.