Almost-free prototyping kit for Cypress’ PSoC 4, ARM-based devices

June 17, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
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, according to Cypress, with its PSoC 4 prototyping kit.

The $4 CY8CKIT-049 Prototyping Kit enables designers to use the 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 core, programmable analogue and digital peripherals, and 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, PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE), which features hundreds of example projects to enable rapid product development. 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.

The 3.59-in. by 0.95-in. 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 embeds the low-power Cortex-M0 core combined with PSoC's programmable mixed-signal hardware IP. 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. PSoC 4 devices offer a dedicated CapSense block for fast implementation of 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.

Cypress Semiconductor; www.cypress.com/store

[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.]