Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) announced that its popular PSoC Designer(TM) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) now supports PCs running Microsoft’s new Vista(TM) operating system. PSoC Designer Release 4.4 also integrates new “user modules” for Cypress’s industry leading CapSense capacitive sensing solution, SD Cards, and USB-UARTs. It includes all previous releases and service packs, enabling designers to download a single file over the Internet worldwide.
PSoC Designer helps users harness the power and flexibility of PSoC(R) mixed-signal arrays by providing “drag and drop” system design capability. This powerful, easy-to-use IDE comes with pre-configured, pre-characterized embedded peripheral functions called user modules and extensive user assistance in the form of “help” dialog boxes, pull-down menus and other graphical user interface aids.
User modules take the configurable PSoC devices and create useful functions as diverse as counters, timers and PWMs, analog converters, both ADCs and DACs, communications links like UARTs, SPI and I2C, as well as comparators, programmable gain blocks, filters and even bootloaders. Each User Module includes the hardware configuration data, startup code, an interrupt service routine when required, and a set of APIs. These APIs, or application programming interface software functions, provide instant control of all aspects of the user module. This innovative approach helps the designer get to a fully functional custom device without weeks or months of tiresome datasheet scouring, tedious low-level coding and repetitive debugging. For example, Cypress released two new CapSense user modules last week that implement optimized capacitive sensing algorithms.
PSoC Designer is complemented by Cypress’s revolutionary PSoC Express(TM) visual embedded design tool. PSoC Express offers users the fastest, easiest way to create embedded designs in the industry. Users can create designs in PSoC Express and then seamlessly transfer them to PSoC Designer to optimize functionality for specific applications.
“Of the many strengths of PSoC, ease of design is a critical factor in helping our customers get to market first with robust, innovative products,” said Jon Pearson, director of PSoC Development Tools for Cypress. “PSoC Designer 4.4 is a comprehensive release that provides a complete solution to our customers in one, easy-to-download package.”
Price and Availability
PSoC Designer 4.4 is available today at no charge from the “Software and Drivers” section of the Cypress website.
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 far greater than 100 percent utilization of the die, in many cases, by reconfiguring the same silicon for different functions at different times.
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the PSoC(R) Programmable System-on-Chip(TM), USB controllers, general-purpose programmable clocks and memories. Cypress also offers wired and wireless connectivity solutions ranging from its WirelessUSB(TM) radio system-on-chip, to West Bridge(TM) and EZ-USB(R) FX2LP controllers that enhance connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and solar power. Cypress trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol CY.
Cypress, the Cypress logo and PSoC are registered trademarks and PSoC Designer, PSoC Express and “Programmable System-on-Chip” are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp.