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Jun 29, 2015

The Cypress team is pleased to announce that we ve been working to develop a new Cypress.com website and forum. The beta release is being made available to allow you to test and evaluate the new site before we launch it to the world.

 
The new site is not recommended for placing orders, entering support requests or other secured functionality. Please only use the Cypress.com Feedback forum for on the new site as other threads will be overwritten with a final merge of data right before we launch.  
 
You can find the new site at http://test-www.cypress.com.
 
 

What s new on Cypress.com?

In addition to an updated layout and navigation, the new site has a redesigned Product Selector Guide which will be available off every product page. You can test out the new selector for the PSoC 4 here. We re introducing a new omnisearch bar so you can search for a part number or keyword from the same search box with the ability to filter your results by product or document type.
 
We ve also added the ability to login with your Google or LinkedIn account to download documents and software. You no longer need to have a separate Cypress.com account and password.
 
 

What is coming next?

After we launch the new Cypress.com, the Cypress team will continue to work on website updates. You will see improvements in the Cypress Store, the Cypress Developer Community and a new Rewards Store later this year. We will also use your feedback to help us determine any other areas where we need to improve.  
 
 

How can you give feedback?

Please let us know what you think about the new site on the Cypress.com Feedback forum on the new site. We ll be monitoring the forum and responding to your questions. We appreciate your help with the new site and hope you like the update. 

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Jun 12, 2015

Our friends at Sparkfun Electronics have released a new development board featuring PSoC 5LP - the FreeSoC2!

The board uses the ARM Cortex-M3-based PSoC 5LP devices and features the familiar Arduino Uno form-factor allowing you to plug-in a plethora of available shields.

For hobbyists looking to take their first steps with PSoC, Sparkfun has also created an Arduino IDE port for this dev kit!

Of course, the option to develop for this kit using PSoC Creator still exists, and the kit even has the Cypress-qualified KitProg device which acts an the on-board programmer and debugger.

To buy this kit and for more details, please visit Sparkfun's website: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13229

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May 07, 2015

Cypress will be at the 2015 Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA over the weekend of May 15 - 17.

Come visit us at the Zone 2 Expo Hall and meet the winner of the PSoC Pioneer Challenge, hack projects in the PSoC Makerspace, play the BLE Nerf Blaster to win prizes and goodies, and participate in a Bluetooth Low Energy Easter Egg Hunt!

We will also be demonstrating several Cypress solutions for Makers, including low-cost dev kits for PSoCs, MCUs, BLE, USB, Memory and more.

We hope you see you there!

For details, please visit www.cypress.com/PSoCMaker

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Apr 28, 2015
After narrowing down an impressive field of submissions to 10 exceptional finalists, we are pleased to announce the grand prize winner and runner-up for the PSoC Pioneer Challenge!
This competition is the first of its kind. It challenged makers to design Internet of Things (IoT) projects using Cypress new Bluetooth® Smart PSoC 4 BLE Pioneer Kit  and was judged by a panel from Cypress Semiconductor, Arrow Electronics and Make.
 
 
Grand Prize Winner: Electric bicycle data collection and logging service by Chuck Swiger
 
The grand prize winner of the PSoC Pioneer challenge was a homemade electric bike project made from new, obsolete laptop lithium ion batteries, has a commercial dashboard called the Cycle Analyst. The Cycle Analyst displays the battery state of charge (amp hours or watt hours used since last charge, essentially how much gas is left in the tank), as well as the voltage, amps being used at the moment, bike speed and cumulative distance traveled on a charge. For his winning design, Swiger will receive $2,500 for travel and expenses to the upcoming 10th anniversary Maker Faire Bay Area.
 
The project uses the PSoC to read the Cycle Analyst serial data with a universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART), parses it in firmware and sends it over to a cell phone using the PSoC 4 BLE module. In addition to the analyst serial data, an analog ambient temperature sensor (tmp36) is read with an analog-digital converter and two more ADCs use external voltage divider resistors to read the two battery packs and monitor cell balance.
On the cell phone, a custom application can scan for and connect to the PSoC and stores the data read (amp hours, volts, amps, speed, distance, temperature and pack 1 and pack 2 voltages) in an SQLite database file along with a timestamp and current GPS position if available.
 
 
Runner-Up: Chipper Alarm
 
The runner-up is something any non-morning person can appreciate! Chipper, an intelligent alarm clock, breaks you out of your snoozing habits. The alarm will only stop ringing when you leave your bed and it ll ring again if you get back in. It guarantees that you will get out of bed on time, every single morning. For their project, the winners will receive a $100 gift certificate to Maker Shed, a $100 gift certificate to Arrow Electronics and a $250 gift certificate to Cypress Semiconductor.
 
The CapSense® module, combined with a special fabric sensor, detects the tiny increase in capacitance when one occupies the bed. The ARM® Cortex®-M0 core microprocessor inside the PSoC chip processes and filters the capacitance signal, operates the buzzer and runs the alarm with the real-time clock. Thanks to the PSoC s wide input voltage range and the external components on the PSoC module board, we only need to attach batteries, the buzzer and the sensor to build the entire system.
The Bluetooth Smart module inside the PSoC can connect to a smartphone so you can easily set alarm times and control settings for your own Chipper.
We would like to thank and congratulate all of the participants. All the projects that were submitted were extremely impressive! Each demonstrated the very unique capabilities and possibilities of a low energy Bluetooth Smart application and advantages of PSoC technology, and we are so encouraged to see such creativity and ingenuity from the Maker community. We look forward to seeing what innovations and pioneering ideas come next.
 
 
 
If you re going to be at Maker Faire Bay Area May 16-17, check out Swiger s winning project at the Cypress and Arrow booth #200 in the Expo Hall. We may just ride past you!
 
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Apr 21, 2015

The new $25 PSoC 4 M-Series Pioneer Kit is now avaiable on cypress.com for online ordering!

This new development kit features the latest generation of PSoC devices - the PSoC M-Series featuring more programmable analog and digital blocks, more Flash (upto 128 KB), more GPIO (upto 55) and new Components including CAN, RTC and DMA.

The development is feature packed with the following:

  • CapSense Gesture Pad with swipe and circular gestures
  • Onboard sensors including temperature, 3-axis accelerometer and ambient light
  • Onboard RGB LEDs, user buttons, and a 1-Mbit Cypress F-RAM device
  • Onboard USB programmer and debugger
  • Flexible prototyping interfaces:
    • Arduino shield interface
    • Raspberry Pi interface
    • Digilent Pmod interface

Each of these development kits also ships with a free 30-day license for Micrium µC/Probe, allowing users to graphically visualize the internal registers and memory locations of the PSoC 4 M-Series device!

Visit www.cypress.com/CY8CKIT-044 to learn more.

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