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Select Your PSoC. Quickly.

 You know what I hate?  I mean other than people who tell me that my rare sea turtle collection and accompanying 6,000 gallon fish (turtle) tank is a ‘little too intense’ for an 800 square foot apartment?  It’s trying to figure out which MCU device I really need for a design.  Given when I’m searching for them, it’s mainly for competitive data, but it’s still annoying.

 

Segue into a side project that I’ve been working on: the Electronic Product Selector Guide.  Also referred to as the ePSG since I have a penchant for acronyms that almost rivals my need for ridiculously old Persian rugs (yes, my apartment is decked out with a large fish tank and Persian rugs… trust me, I’ve done it in a really classy way). 

 

The ePSG is a cool tool that allows someone (read: you) to quickly take their basic requirements for a design and have the online tool give you a list of several PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 parts that are suitable for the design.  What really makes this helpful though, is that I’ve removed the need to ‘understand’ PSoC’s analog and digital blocks.  The user can select the number of PWMs, I2C, CAN, PGAs, ADCs, etc that they need for a design, and the tool determines which parts your selections fit into.  The other cool part is that the tool shows you how many of each peripheral you can fit into the superset parts on the fly. 

 

An example: the first image shows the maximum number of each digital peripheral that you can select.  The second image shows that as I select different peripherals, the number of free UDBs is reduced (as shown by the dark grey bar).  Therefore the tool will not let me make any selections that yield no results.

 

Go on and try it out.  I will be updating this tool with more functionality throughout the coming year (along with the help of my web team).  Let me know if you have any cool ideas for enhancements… or don’t.  The choice is up to you.

 Podbelski out.

 

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