Out of the old shall come forth newness! | Cypress Semiconductor
Out of the old shall come forth newness!
July 21, 2010
PSoC3 is rapidly becoming a platform supporting complete, robust solutions in many industrial, medical and consumer end-equipment areas. More and more, I'm becoming convinced that the tightly-integrated combination of highly programmable silicon and powerful graphical realization tool represents nothing less than a new paradigm in the development of analog and "mixed signal" circuit design. I know that this sounds like marketing hype; well, one easy way for you to reach your own conclusion is to get hold of a development kit, download the tools and see what you can create.
There's a bit of a but in there, though. It's easy to get carried away with the "whole new world" message about the new way of doing things making the entire existing infrastructure and methodology obsolete. But that's taking things a bit far. What is really exciting for me is seeing tried and trusted methods implemented in a fresh new way on this new programmable platform. The understanding of managing analogue signals, in time, frequency and other domains, isn't somehow made redundant by new implementation strategies. I have a wall full of classic filter and electronics design textbooks from the last 50 years. The content of these books hasn't been made obsolete by PSoC3; if anything, the ease of "what if?" design has made me crack open books that I haven't read in any detail for decades. Having a brand new playground within PSoC3 means that some of these forgotten techniques from the golden years of analogue can be brought to a new generation of engineers who will have missed out on them through modern college courses.
So I'm going to make a special attempt to support and mentor applications guys within Cypress. help them to bring some of these great classical techniques out in the form of application notes and complete solutions. They'll show just what can be done with a tightly-argued interconnection of good analogue blocks, combined with powerful logic and digital signal processing. So, PSoC3 might be just what you need to discover new (but old!) techniques that can make your electronic design work interesting again! best - Kendall