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Cypress introduces new programmable analog SoCs for embedded IoT applications with multiple sensors

Cypress Semiconductor

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today introduced a new PSoC® programmable system-on-chip that simplifies the design of next-generation industrial, home appliance and consumer systems that require multiple sensors. Many Internet of Things (IoT) applications require multiple sensors and can benefit from dedicated coprocessors that offload sensor processing from the host and reduce overall system power consumption. The new PSoC Analog Coprocessor integrates programmable analog blocks, including a new Universal Analog Block (UAB), which can be configured with GUI-based software components. This combination simplifies the design of custom analog front ends for sensor interfaces by allowing engineers to update sensor features quickly with no hardware or host processor software changes, while also reducing BOM costs.

For example, in home automation applications, engineers can easily configure the PSoC Analog Coprocessor to continuously monitor multiple sensors, such as temperature, humidity, ambient light, motion and sound, allowing the host to stay in a standby low-power mode. Future design changes to support new sensor types can also be easily implemented by reconfiguring the programmable analog blocks. Cypress will demonstrate the PSoC Analog Coprocessor, along with its PSoC, FM Flexible MCU, Bluetooth® Low Energy and Energy Harvesting Power Management IC solutions at Sensors Expo from June 21 to 23 in booth 416 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. More information on the PSoC Analog Coprocessor is available at www.cypress.com/PSoCAnalog.

Pictured is Cypress's PSoC Analog Coprocessor Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-048), which simplifies evaluation of the PSoC Analog Coprocessor. The kit is available for $49 and includes a PIR motion sensor, a humidity sensor, a thermistor, an inductive proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor.

Pictured is a block diagram of Cypress's PSoC Analog Coprocessor, which simplifies the design of next-generation Internet of Things applications that require multiple sensors. The device offloads sensor processing from the host and reduces overall system power consumption. The new PSoC Analog Coprocessor integrates programmable analog blocks, including a new Universal Analog Block, which can be configured with GUI-based software components. This combination simplifies the design of custom analog front ends for sensor interfaces by allowing engineers to update sensor features quickly with no hardware or host processor software changes, while also reducing BOM costs.

Pictured is a block diagram of Cypress's PSoC Analog Coprocessor, which simplifies the design of next-generation Internet of Things applications that require multiple sensors. The device offloads sensor processing from the host and reduces overall system power consumption. The new PSoC Analog Coprocessor integrates programmable analog blocks, including a new Universal Analog Block, which can be configured with GUI-based software components. This combination simplifies the design of custom...

Pictured is Cypress's PSoC Analog Coprocessor Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-048), which simplifies evaluation of the PSoC Analog Coprocessor. The kit is available for $49 and includes a PIR motion sensor, a humidity sensor, a thermistor, an inductive proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor.Pictured is a block diagram of Cypress's PSoC Analog Coprocessor, which simplifies the design of next-generation Internet of Things applications that require multiple sensors. The device offloads sensor processing from the host and reduces overall system power consumption. The new PSoC Analog Coprocessor integrates programmable analog blocks, including a new Universal Analog Block, which can be configured with GUI-based software components. This combination simplifies the design of custom analog front ends for sensor interfaces by allowing engineers to update sensor features quickly with no hardware or host processor software changes, while also reducing BOM costs.

The design of custom sensor interfaces is enabled by Cypress's free PSoC Creator™ Integrated Design Environment (IDE), which simplifies system design by enabling concurrent hardware and firmware development using PSoC Components—free embedded ICs represented by an icon in the IDE. Engineers can easily configure the programmable analog blocks in the PSoC Analog Coprocessor by dragging and dropping components on the PSoC Creator schematic and customizing them with graphical component configuration tools. The components offer fully engineered embedded initialization, calibration and temperature correction algorithms.

"The PSoC Analog Coprocessor makes sensor interface design accessible to embedded systems engineers without requiring expertise in analog system design; this comes with the added benefit of enabling rapid prototyping and design iterations in software with no hardware changes by simply modifying components in PSoC Creator," said John Weil, vice president of MCU marketing at Cypress. "Cypress has pioneered and perfected programmable analog technology for 15 years, and now our PSoC Analog Coprocessor provides the most programmable analog IP per square millimeter in a tiny chip-scale package."

The PSoC Analog Coprocessor is available in a 3.7-mm by 2.0-mm chip-scale package option. Based on a 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M0+ signal processing engine, it delivers a low-cost, fully programmable analog front end with opamps, programmable gain amplifiers, analog multiplexers, analog-to-digital converters, analog filters and digital-to-analog converters.

Availability

The PSoC Analog Coprocessor is currently sampling with production expected in the fourth quarter of 2016. Parts will be available in 45-pin CSP, 28-pin SSOP, 48-pin QFN and 48-pin TQFP packages from Cypress and its authorized distributors.

About PSoC

PSoC solutions bring the flash-based equivalent of a field-programmable ASIC to embedded designs without lead-time or NRE penalties. PSoC integrates configurable analog and digital circuits with an on-chip microcontroller, reducing component count and simplifying revisions. A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions, accelerating cycle time and improving quality while reducing board space, power consumption, and system cost.

PSoC "future-proofs" designs, protecting them against last-minute specifications changes. It enables firmware-based changes at any point in the design cycle—even out in the field. All PSoC devices are dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to transform resources on-the-fly and to execute tasks with fewer ICs. For more information, please visit www.cypress.com/psoc. Free online training is available at www.cypress.com/training.

About Cypress

Cypress (NASDAQ: CY) delivers high-performance, high-quality solutions at the heart of today's most advanced embedded systems, from automotive, industrial and networking platforms to highly interactive consumer and mobile devices. With a broad, differentiated product portfolio that includes NOR flash memories, F-RAM™ and SRAM, Traveo™ microcontrollers, the industry's only PSoC programmable system-on-chip solutions, analog and PMIC Power Management ICs, CapSense® capacitive touch-sensing controllers, and Wireless BLE Bluetooth Low-Energy and USB connectivity solutions, Cypress is committed to providing its customers worldwide with consistent innovation, best-in-class support and exceptional system value. To learn more, go to www.cypress.com.

Source: Cypress Semiconductor