PSoC Creator 4.0 - Easy Access to Kits and Bluetooth Modules | Cypress Semiconductor
PSoC Creator 4.0 - Easy Access to Kits and Bluetooth Modules
With the recent release of PSoC Creator 4.0 we are making it easier to find the right part number when you are creating new designs in the New Project dialog.
As you may have noticed Cypress is proliferating devices and kits and Bluetooth modules at a really high rate these days. This is fantastic news for all of us, but some PSoC Creator interfaces are starting to struggle with all the new products it supports. Put simply, it is getter harder and harder to pick the right part for your projects! So, we have re-worked the New Project dialog to make it easy to home in on the device you need.
We have split the selection process by the type of target. There are three types - kits, Bluetooth modules, and "raw" devices. A lot of projects run on one of our kits and so we took away the need to know the precise part number (e.g. CY8C4245AXI-483 - remember that?) for the device on the board. You just pick the kit and the tool automatically selects the part number for you. As you can see… I have a lot of kits. You probably have just one or two because it only shows the kits you have installed.
Our Bluetooth modules are shipping like crazy, and we are making more all the time. We saw that it was going to get really tricky to find the module when they were mixed in with the device part numbers in the Device Selector so now we have a simple drop-down listing the modules.
Lastly, we still have the ability to pick the device by part number. Even there we needed to add some filters because we now support over 600 devices! There are two drop-down lists to get you straight to your part. The first chooses between PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP. The second lists the most popular devices for that type of device. The tool always remembers your last-used device and puts that at the top of the list. After that, there are the different series of devices. Picking one of those selects the device with the most resources in that series. Finally, you can launch the Device Selector to browse, compare, and select from all the devices.
We hope you like the new changes. It takes a couple of extra clicks to create a project now, but we think that will dwarf the time lost when you pick the wrong part and have to figure out why you cannot program it. Go on… tell me you have never done that (I'll admit to it about once a month)!