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Cypress’s New $25 PSoC® 4 Pioneer Kit Available For Pre-Order from Premier Farnell

Last Updated: May 27, 2014

The Infinitely Expandable ARM® Cortex™-M0 Based PSoC 4 Development Kit Provides
Compatibility with Arduino™ Shields and Digilent® Pmod™ Form Factors

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 9, 2013 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) and Premier Farnell, the global leader in high service distribution and creator of the industry leading element14 Community, today announced that customers can pre-order Cypress’s new PSoC® 4 Pioneer Kit for only $25 from Combined with the free PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE), the expandable kit enables engineers to create unique designs powered by the PSoC 4 Programmable System-on-Chip. Embedded engineers finally have the power of an ARM® Cortex-M0 processor combined with the flexibility of the programmable analog and digital fabric of the PSoC architecture in the palm of their hands.

The PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit is highly expandable. It includes Arduino™ Shield and Digilent® Pmod™ compatible connectors, enabling customers to pick from a variety of third-party expansion boards. The new kit also includes a CapSense® slider, an RGB LED, a user button and more. In addition, an onboard PSoC 5LP device serves as the programmer and debugger, eliminating the need for external programmers.

“PSoC 4 is a game-changing product that combines PSoC’s unique programmable analog and digital fabric with the powerful, economical ARM Cortex-M0 processor,” said John Weil, senior director of PSoC Marketing and Applications for Cypress. “This new PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit is the perfect development platform for this architecture because it provides tremendous functionality at a low price. We’re very pleased to partner with element14 and their entire development community in introducing and enabling pre-orders for this exciting new kit.”

“The PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit is exactly the type of innovative product that our customers want: flexible, cost-effective and expandable with open-source architectures,” said David Shen, Group CTO at Premier Farnell. “We are extremely pleased to collaborate with Cypress to introduce this new product to the market and excited about the opportunities this versatile new product brings to the design engineers. As the first supplier taking pre-orders for this kit, we’re expecting it to be in very high demand by designers everywhere.”

The truly scalable and cost-efficient PSoC 4 architecture delivers Cypress’s trademark flexibility, analog performance and integration, along with access to over 50 PSoC Components™—“virtual chips” represented by icons in Cypress’s PSoC Creator™ IDE. The new PSoC 4 architecture will challenge proprietary 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), along with other 32-bit devices. Cypress plans to announce the availability of new PSoC 4 families in the first half of 2013 and the PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit by the end of April 2013.

The PSoC 4 architecture offers best-in-class power leakage of 150 nA while retaining SRAM memory, programmable logic, and the ability to wake up from an interrupt. In stop mode, it consumes only 20 nA while maintaining wake-up capability. It has the widest operating voltage range of any Cortex-M0-based device, enabling full analog and digital operation from 1.71V to 5.5V. It also enhances Cypress’s patented, industry-leading CapSense capacitive-touch sensing technology by offering significant leadership in noise immunity. In addition to capacitive sensing, PSoC 4 targets field-oriented control (FOC) motor control, temperature sensing, security access, portable medical, and many other applications. For more information, visit

PSoC 4 leverages the PSoC Creator IDE. The IDE’s easy-to-use graphical interface enables designers to drag and drop pre-characterized, production-ready analog and digital IP blocks—PSoC Components—into a single PSoC device to create customized, feature-rich, and highly differentiated end products. Cypress’s platform solution—PSoC 4, PSoC Creator and PSoC Components—simplifies and accelerates the design process, reduces bills of material, and provides extraordinary system value.

MCUs Can’t. PSoC Can.

PSoC solutions bring the flash-based equivalent of a field-programmable ASIC to embedded designs without lead-time or NRE penalties. PSoC integrates configurable analog and digital circuits with an on-chip microcontroller, reducing component count and simplifying revisions. A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions, accelerating cycle time and improving quality while reducing board space, power consumption, and system cost.

PSoC “future-proofs” designs, protecting them against last-minute specifications changes. It enables firmware-based changes at any point in the design cycle—even out in the field. All PSoC devices are dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to transform resources on-the-fly and to execute tasks with fewer ICs. For more information, please visit Free online training is available at

About Cypress

Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives, CapSense touch sensing and TrueTouch® solutions for touchscreens. Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets, PCs and tablets. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM memories. Cypress serves numerous markets including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

About Premier Farnell

Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) is a global leader in high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Its differentiated proposition includes 29 local language transactional websites, and the critically important element14 Community for design engineers – an industry first ( With sales last year of £952m the Group distributes its comprehensive portfolio of products and services throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, supported by a global supply chain of over 3,500 suppliers and an inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet its customers’ needs.

While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognizes the individual needs of each market and has continued to internationalise its model accordingly. It trades locally as Farnell in Europe, Newark/element14 in North America and Mexico and Farnell Newark in Brazil. Across Asia Pacific the business trades as element14.

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