Bluetooth Smart remote control and touch mouse reference design kits

June 02, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Cypress is employing its programmable radio-on-chip technology for Bluetooth Smart applications to produce production-ready remote control designs that features trackpad, motion-sensing and voice; the touch mouse design supports Windows, MacOS, Android and Chrome

The two reference design kits (RDKs) are based on Cypress Semiconductor’s PRoC BLE Programmable Radio-on-Chip solution for Bluetooth Smart applications. The CY5672 PRoC BLE Remote Control RDK and CY5682 PRoC BLE Touch Mouse RDK provide feature-rich, production-ready implementations with prolonged battery life. The kits use Cypress’s single-chip PRoC BLE solution, which includes a Bluetooth Smart radio, a high-performance 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 core with ultra-low-power modes, and Cypress’s CapSense capacitive touch-sensing and TrueTouch touchscreen functionality. Engineers can develop and test their designs with Cypress’s GUI-based PSoC Creator integrated design environment (IDE) and CySmart BLE emulation tool.

“Wide adoption, long battery life and fast connection times make Bluetooth Low Energy the best choice for remote control, mouse and other HID applications,” said Jayant Somani, senior director of Bluetooth Low Energy products at Cypress.

The CY5672 PRoC BLE Remote Control RDK supports a 2-inch trackpad to detect touch gestures and integrates a microphone to capture and stream voice input for voice recognition applications. The reference design also integrates a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope for motion control applications. The feature-rich reference design provides more than one year of battery life and a range of more than 10m. The RDK reduces bill-of-material costs by 40% compared to competitive designs.

The CY5682 PRoC BLE Touch Mouse RDK is interoperable with all major operating systems, including Windows 8.1, MacOS, Android and Chrome. The reference design includes buttons which map to common user interface shortcuts for Windows 8 and 8.1, and it supports Microsoft touch gestures. The touch mouse provides more than one year of battery life.

Cypress provides all the required firmware in PSoC Creator for development, manufacturing and certification tests with these reference designs. The kits also include a USB dongle to emulate a Bluetooth Low Energy host.

The CY5672 PRoC BLE Remote Control RDK and the CY5682 PRoC BLE Touch Mouse RDK are priced at $49.