Cypress Rolls Out PSoC Express 3.0 Visual Embedded System Design Tool

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY), introduced Version 3.0 of PSoC Express(TM), the breakthrough visual embedded system design tool for PSoC(R) mixed-signal arrays that dramatically simplifies embedded design. The new release delivers real-time monitoring and tuning of designs, allowing designers to observe and improve the performance of designs with Cypress’s CapSense(TM) touch sensing and EZ-Color(TM) High-Brightness LED (HB-LED) control solutions.

Designers can now monitor application data via an I2C to USB bridge connected to a target board. PSoC Express acquires and logs the data and enables users to select variables, set sample rates, and watch updated variable values in real time. Then, with the target board still running, the tuner allows users to adjust configurations and tune system performance.

Customers can see a flash demo and download this powerful software for free. They can also test the new features with Cypress’s CapSense Touch Sensing Evaluation Kit (CY3203A-CapSense) and EZ-Color HB-LED Evaluation Kit (CY3261A-RGB).

“We have taken embedded design to a new level with this release,” said Jon Pearson, product marketing director for PSoC Design Tools at Cypress. “Not only can designers use the unique automatic code generation of PSoC Express, now they can also tune designs on-the-fly, saving even more precious time.”

In addition to the new monitoring and tuning functionality, PSoC Express 3.0 also boasts a new user interface with the look and feel of Microsoft’s Visual Studio. It enables flexible window docking, drag and drop placement of drivers and easy window switching. The new version also includes new functional drivers, including support for high-brightness LEDs, a new wireless driver and an LCD driver.

About PSoC Express
PSoC Express 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.

With PSoC Express, designers work within their areas of application expertise, defining a custom solution by choosing input and output devices from a catalog, and then logically linking them to define system behavior. For example, a user can select temperature sensors, voltage inputs, fans, LEDs, and then define temperature regions for fan operation, voltage monitor thresholds and “sequence-on” logic. Within PSoC Express the designer is able to verify designs through simulation, then generate and download the device-programming file. The tool allows users to target the design to any of Cypress’s PSoC devices. It also creates customized project documentation including a datasheet with register map, interface schematics, and bill of materials. Without writing any microcontroller code, designers implement reliable, custom applications faster than they can write the requirements.

PSoC — Because Change Happens
PSoC devices employ a highly configurable system-on-chip architecture for embedded control design, offering a flash-based equivalent of a field-programmable ASIC without lead-time or NRE penalties. PSoC devices integrate configurable analog and digital circuits, controlled by an on-chip microcontroller, providing both enhanced design revision capability and component count savings. They include up to 32 Kbytes of Flash memory, 2 Kbytes of SRAM, an 8×8 multiplier with 32-bit accumulator, power and sleep monitoring circuits, and hardware I2C communications.

The flexible PSoC resources allow designers to future-proof their products by enabling firmware-based changes during design, validation, production, and in the field. The unique PSoC flexibility shortens design cycle time and allows for late-breaking feature enhancements. All PSoC devices are also dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to morph internal resources on-the-fly, utilizing fewer components to perform a given task.

Easy to use development tools enable designers to select configurable library elements for 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.

A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions saving customers design time, board space and power consumption while improving system quality. Customers can save from 5 cents to as much as $10 in system costs.

About Cypress
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 and the Cypress logo and PSoC are registered trademarks, and PSoC Express, CapSense and EZ-Color are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp.