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Aug 20, 2014

RPiSoC is a PSoC 5LP-based electronics development platform that allows your software to interact with the physical world in a way that emphasizes power, flexibility, and accessibility.

RPiSoC Board

It started life as a senior project for Robert Barron and Brian Bradley at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who have now formed Embedit and launched the platform on Kickstarter. If you're interested in getting one just sign up as a backer. You can get a plain board for a $39 pledge or, for just $5 more you can get the board plus a Cypress Miniprog3 programmer/debugger kit. That's great deal because those kits are usually $90!

RPiSoC can be used as a standalone embedded board for instrumentation, data acquisition, and mixed signal projects. But it really gets interesting when you hook it up to a Raspberry Pi. The PSoC 5LP makes RPiSoC much more than a typical fixed-function expansion board; providing access to PWMs, high resolution DACs and ADCs, Opamps, DSP, Pmod and Arduino Shield interfaces, and much more! You can replace a bunch of peripheral boards with a single RPiSoC.

I really recommend taking a look at this new platform. Robert and Brian just launched the kickstarter project and there are some nice videos of the platform in action. I particularly like the face recognition one but there are a number of others on YouTube.

[re-printed from ARM Developer Community]

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Aug 18, 2014

The RPiSoC is a development platform which brings the power of the PSoC to the Raspberry Pi. Due to the integration of discrete analog and programmable logic, this platform is well equipped for embedded system applications, instrumentation, data acquisition, and mixed signal projects. A large focus of the RPiSoC is its ability to connect directly to the Raspberry Pi and enhance its capabilities in the embedded space. With the two boards combined, various analog and digital peripherals are easily accessed by the Pi, allowing for endless possibilities for advanced projects. These onboard peripherals include PWMs, high resolution DACs and ADCs, Opamps, DSP, Pmod and Arduino Shield interfaces, and much more.
 
The RPiSoC team will be showing off a few projects you can make with their board, both with and without the Raspberry Pi. These include a computer vision enabled head tracking camera, an oscilloscope and function generator, a simple digital logic design lab, and an automated twitter feed.
 
 

Presenters: Robert Barron & Brian Bradley

Robert Barron received his Bachelor s degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His passion for embedded systems and programming has been two of his hobbies for several years. Robert has experience ranging from working for Firebrand Innovations to implement a smart video conferencing system, developing Android apps, and creating an automated projection mapping system.
Brian Bradley received his Bachelor s degree in Electrical Engineering. His concentration is in Robotics and Control, but embedded applications have always been a devoted hobby of his. He has worked on improvement of tactile technologies for application in the field of virtual surgery, developed a small scale Brain Computer Interface for planar movement of a six-degree-of-freedom robotic arm, and has been mentioned in Make Magazine for a Raspberry Pi project made in his spare time.

 

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Aug 15, 2014

Alan Hawse, Executive Vice President of Software, will be filming a new set of videos for Cypress at the end of the month.  Hopefully you've gotten a chance to watch the PSoC Creator 101 videos Alan made earlier this year. He would like your suggestions on what videos he should make next.  


Please take a few minutes to let Alan know you're ideas (or to vote on some of our team's proposals).  The survey is online at http://goo.gl/WQkHKE.  

 

All survey participants have the option to provide an email address at the end of the survey to enter a drawing for a chance to win one of 25 PSoC CY8CKIT-049 development kits.
 

Our goal is to provide you with a broad series of high-quality tutorial videos (without the marketing hype) that can help you become a PSoC expert.

 

The survey will close this evening (8/25/14) and notifications will be set to winners of the CY8CKIT-049 boards next week.  Thank you for all of the feedack!  Alan has a lot to keep him busy both in this video session and the next. 

 

Design the way you think with PSoC Creator.

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Aug 03, 2014

Did you know you had a choice of ARM compiler in PSoC Creator? By default a new project uses the GNU ARM C Compiler Collection (GCC-ARM) but you can optionally switch to the Keil MDK compiler if you wish. MDK the Microcontroller Developers Kit is a complete software development environment containing the µVision IDE ( micro-vision ) and built-in debugger plus the optimizing C compiler from ARM Ltd.

PSoC Creator supports the export of whole projects into µVision, where you have access to their excellent software development tools, but you can also just configure your project to build with the MDK C compiler. This gets you access to their state-of-the-art code optimization techniques and memory-efficient microlib run-time library.

Changing compilers is really easy with PSoC Creator you simply pick the new toolchain in the Build Settings (under the Project menu), as shown in the picture, and rebuild the application. The startup and generated source code is all tested with both compilers and so there are no compilation problems in the PSoC code. So long as you have not used a lot of compiler-specific language extensions (like interrupt keywords or anonymous unions) in your application code you can complete a toolchain upgrade in no time at all.

selecting the MDK Compiler in Project -> Build Settings

We do not actually ship the Keil tool set with PSoC Creator you need to download and install it from keil.com. The evaluation version is free and allows you to create applications up to 32kB.

I use this compiler all the time and I highly recommend it. The code size optimization is superb and you might save enough flash space to add some cool new functions to your application that really impress the boss!

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Jul 30, 2014
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