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Dec 18, 2014

This is a reblog from the PSoC Today! entry I did last May 2014.  I'm posting this again in hopes of getting more visibility for the example project finder in Creator.  I also plan to discuss some plans we have for example projects (which we will start calling "Code Examples") in the PSoC Creator forum.  That's here, in case you were unaware.


Users new to a tool almost always agree on one thing - more (good) examples are better!  Even experienced users don't want to reinvent the wheel.  To that end, this post will cover a few ways you can find examples for PSoC Creator.

The Example Finder

In PSoC Creator, there are a couple of ways to find example projects.  Many of you are familiar with finding example projects for particular components (I'll discuss this in a bit), but in Creator 3.X there is also an example finder accessible from the file menu. See the screenshot below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you select "Example Project", you will get a search tool which allows you to customize your results based on keyword, architecture, etc.    Notice in the image below that once you select an example project from the left-hand side, there are two tabs on the right that give you more information about the project.  

(1) The documentation tab, highlighted in yellow in the screenshot, gives you a description of the project.  Sometimes the descriptions are elaborate and sometimes they are just a basic overview of what the project does.   Also notice the buttons at the bottom of the dialog box which allow you to add the project to the existing workspace or a new one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2) The Sample Code tab shows the code that comes with the example.  See the image shown next.  You can copy and paste code from this window if you don't want to use the example project as a basis for your new project.  I find this helpful to see how the various APIs for a given component are called.

Finding examples for specific Creator components

Most components have example project(s) associated with them.   You can find these projects by simply right-clicking on the component. See the image below. When I right click on the themistor component, one of my options is Find Example Project .

You can bring up this menu from the Component browser as well. While this feature has been around for a while, I still run across folks who have just not noticed it.  I'm out to fix that!  I use "Open Datasheet" and "Open Component Web Page" frequently as well.

The Future

In the future, we plan on adding both more examples AND more ways to search for the examples such as by solution space or by "degree of difficulty".  What examples would you like to see?  How would you like to search for them?  Hit me up in the comments or email me directly at mdl@cypress.com. 

Best regards to my brothers and sisters in PSoC.

--Matt


Matt Landrum, PSoC Software Customer Advocate

Cypress Semiconductor- Portland, OR

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Dec 10, 2014

Learn how to create you first Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) designs with the newly released PSoC 4 BLE and PRoC BLE solutions.

We've published a few easy-to-read Application Notes, complete with instructions on how to build your first BLE designs.

 

 

 

 

AN91267 - Getting Started with PSoC 4 BLE

AN91267 introduces you to PSoC® 4 BLE, an ARM® Cortex -M0 based Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC) that integrates a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio system. This application note helps you explore the PSoC 4 BLE architecture and development tools and shows you how to create your first project using PSoC Creator , the development tool for PSoC 4 BLE. This application note also guides you to more resources to accelerate in-depth learning about PSoC 4 BLE.

 

 

AN94020 - Getting Started with PRoC BLE

AN94020 introduces you to PRoC BLE, an ARM® Cortex -M0 based programmable radio-on-chip with Bluetooth Low Energy. It explores the PRoC BLE solution and development tools and shows you how to create your first Bluetooth Low Energy project using PSoC Creator , a development tool for PRoC BLE. The application note also guides you to additional resources available to accelerate in-depth learning of PRoC BLE.

 

AN91445 - Antenna Design Guide

AN91445 explains antenna design in simple terms and recommends two Cypress-tested PCB antennas that can be implemented at a very low cost for use with the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) solutions that are part of Cypress s PRoC and PSoC® family. The PRoC BLE and PSoC 4 BLE 2.4 GHz radio must be carefully matched to its antenna for optimum performance. It concludes by showing how to tune the antenna in the final product.

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Nov 28, 2014

Are you looking to upgrade your projects or to learn something new? We have a little fun for everyone. Cypress has three packages to choose from available on Friday, November 28th through Monday, December 1st.

Light up your tree on your own terms with our PSoC CY8CKIT-042 kit, learn some engineering basics with our education package (or pass on the knowledge with a few resources) using our CY8CKIT-012 kit, and maybe even upgrade your project to remove those pesky mechanical buttons for a sleek look with the CY3280-MBR3 kit.

 

 

BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL PROJECTS

 

Project 1: Get Your Learning On

Looking for a project this holiday season? Look no further! We have discounted our CY8CKIT-012 kit and the CY8CKIT-049-42XX so you can learn how to design with PSoC! We recommend purchasing the book Learn Digital Design With PSoC A Bit at a Time to take you through the basic concepts of design.

 

Project 2: Upgrade Your Design

Upgrade your Arduino project with CapSense MBR3 kit. With the Arduino Uno kit you can apply CapSense to enhance your design. CapSense can bring you proximity sensing, liquid tolerance, reliability, and a sleek new look. Follow along with one of our own designer s son (add link to blog), as he applies CapSense to notify him when the dogs need to go outsideusing the CapSense proximity capabilities. Come up with your own DIY project to add a little convenience to your life.

 

 

Project 3: Light It Up

Who doesn t need more light in their life? Try this fun design with the Adafruit NeoPixel Ring. Bundled with our PSoC-042 kit you can get these little LED rings to flash some pretty colors. Instructions can be found at: PSoC Today!

We used various sized LED rings from Adafruit.com. Start out with the basics and expand into larger sizes if you feel adventurous. Grab one for yourself or your special someone to tinker. With the holiday season upon us, just imagine what you can do!

  • PSoC-042 kit now $17.50 (save $7.50)!
  • Use promo code CYLIGHT at checkout!

 

Please note that our system only allows a single coupon code to be used on each order.  

 

 

 

 

 

See the NeoPixel Lights in action.

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Nov 24, 2014

I was just made aware of a new PSoC enabled Kickstarter project. The PSoC 4 BLE powers the THINGY a small re-programmable sensor. The THINGY team has created a full open source BLE app that can be used with each of the three versions of the sensor.

 

Introduction to the THINGY:

 

 

 

Feature Set : THINGY #1

THINGY1 has Bluetooth, can read Temperature, blink a multicolor Led, has 2 capsense touch buttons (there are no mechanical buttons in the device), can detect Motion, and will Buzz on command. Also with 2 Thingy1s you do NOT need your phone once they have been initially programmed. One would be placed into the Master mode the other in the Slave mode, no worries, we will have setup apps to download and program internal.

THINGY1 Abilities
THINGY1 Abilities

Feature set : THINGY #2

THINGY2 has Bluetooth, can read Temperature, blink a Multicolor LED, has 2 capsense touch buttons (there are no mechanical buttons in the device), can detect Motion, Buzz on command, Water detection, Proximity, Microphone, Speaker, Power Detection (detect if a space heater is left on), and Extra Storage Memory.

For example...Open Mic: listen in on those sneaky kids who are supposed to be sleeping or an inexpensive baby monitor. How about use the Current Detector to see if your space heater was left on.

THINGY2 Abilites
THINGY2 Abilites

Feature set : THINGY #3

THINGY #3 has all the features of THINGY 1 and 2 and it also includes Humidity sensing, the ability to drive a relay, attach a wire for Theft detection, also a AAA battery pack for extended use applications.

 

THINGY3 Abilites
THINGY3 Abilites
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Nov 24, 2014

Are you looking to upgrade your projects or to learn something new? We have a little fun for everyone. Cypress has three packages to choose from available on Friday, November 28th through Monday, December 1st.

Light up your tree on your own terms with our PSoC CY8CKIT-042 kit, learn some engineering basics with our education package (or pass on the knowledge with a few resources) using our CY8CKIT-012 kit, and maybe even upgrade your project to remove those pesky mechanical buttons for a sleek look with the CY3280-MBR3 kit.

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