Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) today announced that it will present seminars for designers interested in learning about Cypress’s PSoC Express code-free, visual development software. The free seminars will include a general overview of Cypress’s PSoC(R) (Programmable System-on-Chip(TM)) mixed-signal array architecture as well as technical PSoC Express training.
Attendees will participate in a hands-on lab session where they can use a PSoC Express demonstration kit to visually implement I2C networks, CapSense capacitive sensing interfaces, WirelessUSB(TM) 2.4GHz RF remote sensors, USB interfaces and LCD display drivers. With PSoC Express, embedded developers implement these functions in an intuitive “drag and drop” fashion, without writing a single line of code, reducing development time from weeks to hours. Attendees will walk away with a free PSoC Express kit they can immediately use to complete their designs quickly and confidently.
The first seminars will be held in Chicago on October 3 and Dallas on October 5. They will be followed by seminars in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen in China; Osaka and Tokyo in Japan; Delhi and Pune in India; Taipei and Seoul. Cypress also plans dozens of seminars in both Europe and the Americas. Registration and more information about the seminars are available.
Recently, Cypress announced the release of PSoC Express 2.1, its latest version of the development tool, which features third-party development capabilities that allow software developers to write modules for specific functions. It also adds many new device drivers that designers can select to easily implement functions within a PSoC device, including 7-segment LED displays, thermocouples, accelerometers, I2C remote monitor and control devices, distance sensors, and ambient light sensors. PSoC Express 2.1 also adds a new level of integration with Cypress’s full-featured PSoC Designer(TM) software, allowing users to complete designs exclusively at a high-level (PSoC Express only), combine high-level and low-level design (both PSoC Express and PSoC Designer), or develop exclusively at the machine-level (PSoC Designer only).
“PSoC Express allows application experts to implement their system concepts without having to become C or Assembly language programming experts,” said Jon Pearson, product manager for Cypress’s PSoC development tools. “Because PSoC Express and PSoC Designer integrate seamlessly, we are confident that designers and engineers of all different experience and skill levels will benefit from these seminars.”
About the PSoC Family
PSoC devices are configurable mixed signal arrays that integrate a fast 8-bit microcontroller with many peripheral functions typically found in an embedded design. PSoC devices provide the advantages of an ASIC without the ASIC NRE or turn-around time. A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions with a microcontroller, saving customers design time, board space and power consumption. Customers can save from 5 cents to as much as $10 in system costs. Easy to use development tools enable designers to select configurable library elements to provide analog functions such as amplifiers, ADCs, DACs, filters and comparators and digital functions such as timers, counters, PWMs, SPI and UARTs. The PSoC family’s analog features include rail-to-rail inputs, programmable gain amplifiers and up to 14-bit ADCs with exceptionally low noise, input leakage and voltage offset. PSoC devices include up to 32KB of Flash memory, 2KB of SRAM, an 8×8 multiplier with 32-bit accumulator, power and sleep monitoring circuits, and hardware I2C communications.
All PSoC devices are dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to create new system functions on-the-fly. Designers can achieve more than 120 percent utilization of the die in many cases, by reconfiguring the same silicon for different functions at different times. In the automotive PSoC LIN bus reference design, the same digital blocks are reconfigured four times to support the different LIN communication modes; in doing so, these blocks consume less than 10 percent of PSoC hardware resources and less than 10 percent of the PSoC MCU cycles.
About PSoC Express
PSoC Express, introduced in 2005, is the first easy-to-use development tool that allows system engineers to develop microcontroller-based designs without any Assembly language or C programming. By operating at a higher level of abstraction and not requiring firmware development, PSoC Express enables new designs to be created, simulated and programmed to the targeted PSoC device in hours or days instead of in weeks or months. With built-in support for portability, seamless multi-processing, design visualization and a rich content library, designs can be created faster and with higher reliability using PSoC Express. It also includes user definable pins and memory map, a state machine creator, multi-object move capability, and the ability to duplicate and rename circuits.
Cypress solutions are at the heart of any system that is built to perform: consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power. Leveraging a strong commitment to customer service and performance-based process and manufacturing expertise, Cypress’s product portfolio includes a broad selection of wired and wireless USB devices, CMOS image sensors, timing solutions, network search engines, specialty memories, high-bandwidth synchronous and micropower memory products, optical solutions, and reconfigurable mixed-signal arrays. Cypress stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CY.
Cypress, the Cypress logo and PSoC are registered trademarks and “Programmable System-on-Chip,” PSoC Express and PSoC Designer are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp.