Guest Blog Post: Andy Frame, ARM Cortex-M3 Product Manager | Cypress Semiconductor
Guest Blog Post: Andy Frame, ARM Cortex-M3 Product Manager
June 08, 2010
Andy Frame is the product manager for ARM’s Cortex-M3 core. He is guest blogging from ESC Chicago. And just in case you were wondering, he thinks his blog photo makes him look like “a cheesy used car salesman.” I don’t know if I agree, but then again I’m buying what he’s selling.
At the Embedded Systems show in Chicago this week Cypress introduced the development platform for its ARM Cortex-M3 processor-based programmable system-on-chip PSoC 5 devices. PSoC 5 has some pretty neat features, including the Cortex-M3 (which I think it a pretty cool product in its own right – but then, as the ARM Cortex-M3 Product Manager, I guess it was obvious I would say that) sitting alongside the configurable programmable analogue and digital fabric all packaged together with the routing and interconnect system.
PSoC 5 brings to the developer the capability of taking what is rapidly becoming the de facto standard 32-bit microcontroller core, the ARM Cortex-M3, and enabling the design of a product with just the exact combination of digital and analogue components to meet the designers needs. The Cortex-M3 can be clocked at anything up to 80MHz so it’s possible to pick the perfect frequency to meet the power and performance targets.
I’m particularly impressed by PSoC Creator IDE provided by Cypress for free which make it very easy for the designer to pick and choose from an array of advanced digital components and high accuracy analogue blocks, including user-defined custom peripherals, drop these into a Cortex-M3 based design, simply click a button and the software builds the design for you. How easy is that ? The Cortex-M3’s ease of use has always been one of its strongest points so aligning the ease of design with the ease of use is a very positive step.
The Cortex-M3 is a hugely successful, industry changing product – PSoC 5 is further broadening the ARM Cortex-M3 application space to a new level of microcontrollers which offer even more flexibility for designers.
Check out ARM's blog with guest Aaron GL Podbelski: http://blogs.arm.com/arm-events/cypress-psoc-5-device-development-board-availability-milestone-achieved/