Cypress’ PSoC 6 Pioneer kit supports IoT development

Cypress Semiconductor has released its PSoC 6 Bluetooth low energy Pioneer kit and PSoC Creator integrated design environment (IDE) software version 4.2. This will enable designers to begin innovating with the PSoC 6 microcontroller (MCU) for IoT applications, says Cypress. PSoC Bluetooth low energy 6 is the industry’s lowest power, most flexible MCU with built-in Bluetooth low energy wireless connectivity and integrated hardware-based security in a single device.

Early adopters are using the flexible dual-core architecture of PSoC 6, using the Arm Cortex-M4 core as a host processor and the Cortex-M0+ core to manage peripheral functions such as capacitive sensing, Bluetooth low energy connectivity and sensor aggregation. Applications by early adopters include wearable devices, personal medical devices and wireless speakers. Designers are also using the built-in security features in PSoC 6 to help guard against unwanted or unauthorised access to data.

The PSoC Bluetooth low energy Pioneer kit features a PSoC 63 MCU with Bluetooth low energy connectivity. The kit enables development of modern touch and gesture-based interfaces that are robust and reliable with a linear slider, touch buttons and proximity sensors based on Cypress’ CapSense capacitive-sensing technology.

Designers can also use the board to add USB power delivery with the Cypress EZ-PD CCG3 USB-C controller. The kit also includes a 2.7-inch e-ink display shield add-on board (CY8CKIT-028-EPD) with thermistor, digital mic, and nine-axis motion sensor.

Cypress advises that designers can use software-defined peripherals to create custom analogue front ends or digital interfaces for system components such as e-ink displays. The architecture is supported by Cypress’ PSoC Creator IDE and the Arm ecosystem.

The PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-062-BLE) is available for purchase now from Cypress’ online store or through select distribution partners. PSoC 6 devices are currently sampling. Production devices are expected by the end of 2017, says Cypress.

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