Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY), introduced the PSoC(R) FirstTouch(TM) Starter Kit, a USB thumbdrive kit that provides a quick, easy, and affordable way for embedded customers to evaluate the integration, flexibility, and real mixed-signal programmability of PSoC mixed-signal arrays.
Without writing or debugging a single line of C or Assembly code, the PSoC FirstTouch Starter Kit, working with Cypress’s PSoC Express(TM) visual embedded system design tool, provides designers with CapSense touch, temperature, light and CapSense proximity sensing right out of the box. Customers can also experiment with many more designs or build their own in minutes via PSoC Express. They can also add all of this functionality directly to their own development systems via the detachable expansion card.
The PSoC FirstTouch Starter Kit includes two small boards — a main system board that interfaces with a computer over USB, and a detachable multifunction expansion card. The expansion card includes inputs and outputs for the many applications supported by the kit. No other thumbdrive kit offers such an extensive array of applications.
“The FirstTouch Kit is a convenient, inexpensive vehicle for designers to experience the flexibility of the PSoC family, both in terms of our mixed-signal programmability and through the plethora of embedded designs,” said Geoff Charubin, vice president of Global Marketing and Applications for Cypress. “We encourage designers of embedded systems, no matter what their level of experience, to visit our website and try the FirstTouch Kit.”
The PSoC FirstTouch Starter Kit delivers an extensive list of features, including:
- Four embedded designs right out of the box
- No code, no debugging PSoC Express–based design platform
- 16-pin connection interface to plug the malfunction expansion card into target boards
- Pins accessible for user functions
- Convenient, USB thumb drive format
- I2C and ISSP support
Price and Availability
The PSoC FirstTouch Starter Kit is available today from the Online Store on the Cypress website and from Cypress’s distribution partners worldwide. The kit is priced at US$29.95.
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 as much as $10 in system costs.
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) mixed-signal array, 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 FirstTouch, PSoC Designer and PSoC Express are trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp.