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PSoC Demos at ESC Boston

We've had two great days at ESC in Boston this week. We've shown three demos that each highlight a particular core value of PSoC; Integration, Acceleration and Innovation. For the Acceleration theme we showed how easy it is to design a fan controller circuit and extend it when the requirements change. In PSoC Creator 2.0 we include a Fan-Controller component that supports up to 16 PWM-controlled fans. In the demo we showed how to monitor temperature sensors and automatically run a pair of fans to keep things cool. We used a heat gun to warm things up and I can confirm that heat guns make very, very poor hair dryers. I'll heal. Anyway, back to the demo, the acceleration part comes in when the design requirements change and you need to add an extra fan. With PSoC you just add a third connection to the fan controller, connect up the pins, and it's done!

Under Innovation, we showed a combination of on-chip analog DAC components that only PSoC can do. First we DMAed sine waves of different frequencies through the DACs, and then wired them all together to create a combination output square wave. We used the Oscium oscilloscope (which happens to be PSoC-based too) and an Apple iPad to display the results.

I think our best demo, though, was a PSoC-powered quadrotor helicopter - that we had to strap down to the podium to stop it from flying off - because it hows how a single PSoC has replaced five fixed-function MCUs (one for each DC motor and a master). PSoC has always integrated on-board peripherals - now it's integrating whole MCUs! It was also fun to dare people to stick their fingers in the rotor blades... how old am I?

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