Fast, Easy Download Gives Users Access to New Peripheral Functions on Existing Devices
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 27, 2012 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced the second in an ongoing series of extensions to Version 2.0 of its revolutionary PSoC Creator™ Design Environment for the PSoC® 3 and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip families. Known as a “Component Pack,” the update includes new peripheral functions that customers can easily drop into existing PSoC devices to realize new capabilities within their designs.
Component Pack 2 takes advantage of PSoC’s hardware programmability to offer new peripheral functions with a software update to already shipping production silicon. Each component is fully tested and characterized, speeding time-to-market and assuring high quality end products for customers. Cypress intends to release new Component Packs approximately every eight weeks going forward.
Component Pack 2 adds the following new capabilities for PSoC customers:
• Digital Filter Block Assembler and Simulator: Provides low-level access to an integrated hardware co-processor available in the PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 devices. Optimized for digital filtering applications including IIR and FIR, the Digital Filter Block, is also useful to off-load complex mathematical processing from the integrated MCU enabling even higher performance PSoC solutions.
• • High Speed SPI Master Mode: Doubles the SPI Master performance, enabling up to 18 Mbps of throughput for customers. More information is available at http://www.cypress.com/?rID=48906.
• USB MIDI Class: Adds USB descriptors for USB MIDI and USB Audio, enabling customers to easily design PSoC into digital audio applications. More information is available at http://www.cypress.com/?rID=48924.
“Based on the feedback from our customers, the new peripherals we enable with these Component Pack releases is an extremely powerful method of delivering new capabilities that is traditionally provided as new devices,” said Jim Davis, Senior Marketing Manager for Cypress’s PSoC Platform. “Through small incremental software updates, customers get access to both enhancements to existing peripherals as well as brand new fundamental capabilities that we did not even foresee during the original development of our PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 devices. Customers can take advantage of these new capabilities without having to qualify new devices or modify board layouts as the silicon does not change.”
A free download of Component Pack 2 for existing PSoC Creator 2.0 users is available now at www.cypress.com/go/psoccreator. Users downloading PSoC Creator 2.0 for the first time will automatically receive the Component Pack. Registered users will receive alerts when new Component Packs are released.
About PSoC Creator
PSoC Creator is a revolutionary graphical design tool that allows users to customize the PSoC device to their unique system requirements in minutes. The design environment includes a rich library of fully tested and characterized analog and digital components that can be drag-and-dropped into a design and configured to suit a broad array of application requirements. The tool automatically places components into the PSoC device, routes all on-chip signals and directs I/O to the optimum pins. Each peripheral component is carefully parameterized so that the implementation is automatically optimized to fit the developer’s needs perfectly with no wasted resources. The build process generates a consistently-named set of APIs for each component that allows the software developer to control the hardware without knowing the underlying register set. Customized designs, and their associated APIs, can even be saved in a library for future reuse and easily shared within an organization. With PSoC Creator, customers create designs according to application requirements, not the limitations of the target device. Re-targeting to new devices is as simple as rebuilding an application, so porting designs between PSoC devices becomes a snap, including migrating working designs seamlessly from 8- to 32-bit devices.
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. 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 and reducing system cost.
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. More information about PSoC products is available at www.cypress.com/psoc and free online training is at www.cypress.com/psoctraining.
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives such as PowerPSoC® solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, CapSense® touch sensing and TrueTouch® solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable timing devices. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at www.cypress.com.
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