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Cypress announced its long-range Bluetooth LE module at the Bluetooth World in March 2016. Evaluation and development boards are now available to enable you to get started with the module.
The EZ-BLETM PSoC® XT/XR Module offers up to 400-meters (full Line-Of-Sight) range in an open-air environment. Other key features include:
- Extended operating temperature grade (-40°C to +105°C)
- Small form-factor (9.5 mm × 15.4 mm × 1.80 mm with shield)
The module is built to reduce your design cycle time with:
- Full-certification for FCC (USA), CE (Europe) , MIC (Japan), KC (Korea), and IC (Canada) regulations
- Bluetooth SIG 4.1 qualification with a QDID that customers can refer to when building their Bluetooth Smart end products
To get started with the module:
- Buy a BLE Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-042-BLE-A)
- Buy a EZ-BLE™ PSoC XT/XR Evaluation Board (CYBLE-224110-EVAL)
- Download the free PSoC Creator 4.0 IDE
- Read the Getting Started with EZ-BLE™ Module application note
With long-range wireless, the interoperability of Bluetooth and the simplicity of PSoC Creator only your imagination limits your application!
Mouser Electronics, a worldwide leading authorized distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, is giving away ten CY8CKIT-048 PSoC Analog Coprocessor Pioneer Kits. All you need to do for a chance to win is register on the Electronics Know How site. In addition, you get access to their regular magazines and newsletter, with their valuable insight the following markets - Chips & Components, Tools & Software, and Boards & Modules.
The Cypress CY8CKIT-048 PSoC Analog Coprocessor Pioneer Kit is for the evaluation and development of the PSoC Analog Coprocessor device family. The kit is a scalable and reconfigurable platform architecture that simplifies designing embedded systems with multiple sensors. The kit combines flexible analog front ends, programmable analog filters, and high-resolution analog-to-digital converters. The 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M0+ signal processing engine allows host processors to easily fetch aggregated, pre-processed, and formatted complex sensor data over serial communication interfaces.
The Kit contents
- PSoC Analog Coprocessor Pioneer Board
- USB Standard-A to Mini-B Cable
- Four Jumper Wires (4" Each)
- Five Connectors (10x1, (2) 8x1, 6x1 and 4x1)
- One Metal Disk
- Quick Start Guide
As you may already know, PSoC Creator 4.0 is available for download on the Cypress website. There are some significant new features in this release.
The big change is the addition of all the FM0+ Flexible Microcontrollers. You can now pick any of those devices when creating projects and use components to configure the peripherals, just like you are used to with PSoC. This makes development so much easier because the tool always brings in the required driver code (from the Peripheral Driver Library v2.1.0), generates correct configuration data, and uses Guided Pin Selection to ensure you map signals to legal pins.
Another nice feature is the ability to create and use your own project templates. If you ever find that you re-create the same base schematic (and resources and source code) for multiple projects you can save all that time by saving the project as a User Template. Then, when it’s time to create the next project you simply select that template and all your work gets automatically added to the new design. Best of all, it includes your design-wide resources setup and source code as well, so it can really save you time.
Our BLE module business is really taking off and we got feedback that it is not easy to find those part numbers when they are mixed in with all the devices. So we have added a Module selection feature to the New Project dialog. Now, to create a module project, just select that radio button and pick the module you’re using.
We all enjoy designing with the schematic editor but sometimes it would be useful to be able to compare files, just so we can keep track of what changed. That’s tricky with a binary file format so we added a project property (Project->Properties…) to ask the tool to save a text-based version of the schematic alongside the CYSCH file. The format is XML and you can use your favorite “diff” utility to see what is different between two designs, or two versions of the same design. In fact we save a pair of files – one for the semantics and one for the visual features of the design – so you can compare the functional and cosmetic differences independently of each other.
Eclipse and command-line lovers will be happy to hear that we added an option to Export to Makefile. This feature generates a makefile that builds the whole project from source. It is a great way to implement automated build and test environments. And some of you just love the command line…
Our Applications team (a.k.a. “the boffins”) recently figured out a way to use the CapSense block as an ADC. So we created a component for the devices that can support it. With the component you can create a multi-channel ADC, or set up CapSense widgets the way you usually do, or even both at the same time. Try doing that with a fixed-function MCU!
Regular Start Page readers will have noticed that we are discontinuing support for Windows XP and Windows Vista next year. PSoC Creator 4.0 (and all updates we make to it) will continue to support those platforms but the next major software release will not. Note that PSoC Programmer shall continue to support those OS.
Another “policy change” is that we are changing our terminology for Device Packs, Component Packs, and Service Packs. We found that this was very confusing because you could not always be certain that you had the latest software installed. From now on, we shall still make those releases but they will simply be called “Updates”. The bigger the update number, the newer the software. Simple right?
As usual, we’ve also made many quality improvements and minor enhancements. I strongly encourage you to install PSoC Creator 4.0. You don’t even have to uninstall other versions of PSoC Creator to use this exciting new tool. You can find more information, including the complete Release Notes, on the PSoC Creator product page.
We only touched upon the new big features in this post. Over the next few weeks we’ll publish more articles, in which we shall highlight specific features and go into more detail.
Bring your analog sensor design to life with the "Sensing the World" challenge from Hackster and Cypress. This global design contest gives engineers the opportunity to prototype analog sensor designs using the PSoC® Analog Coprocessor, for home appliances, consumer and industrial applications, and the growing IoT market. Designers will use the CY8CKIT-048 PSoC Analog Coprocessor Pioneer Kit as the development hardware platform.
About the PSoC Analog Coprocessor
- Provides cost-effective, simple analog sensor-based systems that integrate external analog-front-ends
- Enables rapid prototyping and design iterations with hardware and software flexibility using the PSoC Creator IDE and Components
- Provides efficient nd powerful signal processing with the ARM® Cortex M0+ core
Project ideas must be submitted by Oct. 30th, projects will be due Jan. 8th, and winners will be chosen on Jan. 18th. Three winners will be awarded an Oculus Rift (a $600 value).
Webinars on the PSoC Analog Coprocessor will be held on Oct. 13th, Nov. 16th, and Dec. 7th.
For more information or to enter the contest, please visit:
La presencia de PSoC sigue creciendo en el mundo entero. Hace algunos meses, me encontré con una comunidad en Latinoamérica, coordinada desde Bogotá Colombia, donde estudiantes, desarrolladores, y entusiastas se juntan para compartir ideas, darse soporte y ayudarse mutuamente. A este grupo de increíbles personas, las une PSoC. La comunidad comenzó con un blog (www.psoclatinoamerica.com) y eventualmente creó un grupo en Facebook, con el fin de promover la interacción de los miembros. Actualmente este grupo tiene integrantes de varios los países de Latinoamérica, incluyendo a México, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile y Argentina entre otros.
PSoC Latinoamérica no es sólo un gran lugar para conectarse con entusiastas de PSoC, sino que sus miembros han formado un gran grupo de soporte en español, donde se aclaran mutuamente preguntas, se revisan proyectos, código y comparten ideas. El equipo de PSoC Latinoamérica ha estado muy activo también, subiendo interesantes proyectos a la plataforma de Hackster.IO, así que no dejen de visitarla.
De hecho, me sorprendió mucho el darme cuenta que el equipo hizo una traducción completa del Inglés a Español de la nota de aplicación de Cypress AN52705. Misma que está disponible (aquí) como parte del blog.
De parte de todo el equipo de Cypress, a todos ustedes, donde quieran que estén… sigan compartiendo con nosotros, sus innovaciones!
PSoC keeps growing all around the globe. A few months ago, I came across a community in Latin America, based out of Bogota, Colombia, where engineers, students, hobbyists and enthusiasts, develop, share and support each other. The technology that brought all of them together… PSoC. The group started with a blog (http://www.psoclatinoamerica.com) and eventually created a Facebook group in order to promote interaction. Today, the group includes engineers from many Latin American countries such as Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Argentina among many others.
Not only is PSoC Latinoamerica a great place to connect with PSoC enthusiasts, but the members have formed a great support community, regularly answering questions in Spanish, reviewing each other’s codes and projects, even providing ideas for new and exciting projects. The teams have also been uploading very interesting projects to our Hackster.IO, so make sure you take a look.
I was actually very surprised when I saw that the team actually did a full English-to-Spanish translation of Cypress's applications note AN52705. Which is currently available for download (here) as part of the blog.
From all of us, here at Cypress, to all of you out there… thanks, and keep the innovation coming!
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