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Cypress's PSoC® 3 Architecture Enables Avnet's Spartan®-6 LX16 FPGA Evaluation Board to Interface to the Analog World | Cypress Semiconductor

Cypress's PSoC® 3 Architecture Enables Avnet's Spartan®-6 LX16 FPGA Evaluation Board to Interface to the Analog World

Last Updated: December 13, 2013

PSoC Platform’s Programmable Analog, Flexibility and Integration Highlighted
For System Management Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 2, 2010 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced that a single Cypress PSoC® 3 programmable system-on-chip integrates precision analog sensing, system management and user interface functions on Avnet’s low-power Xilinx Spartan®-6 LX16 FPGA Evaluation Board. The PSoC 3 device performs power management, CapSense® touch-sensing, USB/UART/SPI connectivity and configuration of the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) directly on the board. Flexible PSoC 3 I/Os also enable the board to interface to the “analog world” through an expansion connector that accepts an included Avnet LCD board, user prototype boards and various Cypress expansion boards available from Avnet Electronics Marketing.

As demonstrated at recent Avnet Electronics Marketing and Xilinx x-Fest training events, the PSoC 3 device dynamically reconfigures its 20-bit Delta Sigma Analog-to-Digital Converter to perform precision voltage-monitoring and current-monitoring on 1.2V, 1.8V and 3.3V power supply rails. PSoC 3 digital resources manage complex power-on sequencing and sleep modes for the board, which is powered by a lithium-ion battery, a USB cable connection or a 12-volt adaptor. These programmable digital resources also enable direct serial configuration of the FPGA, and SPI, I2C and UART interfaces throughout the board. The evaluation kit also allows users to build multiple PSoC 3 user interface functions with 4 CapSense touch-sensing buttons, an integrated USB UART bridge to a host PC and a large segment LCD expansion board.

Users can program and debug the PSoC 3 device on the board by purchasing a CY8CKIT-002 PSoC MiniProg3 Program and Debug Kit, which sells for US$89. Compatible Cypress expansion boards are also available through Avnet Electronics Marketing.

“With its programmable analog and digital resources and integration capabilities, Cypress’s PSoC 3 device provides an excellent complement to the Xilinx Spartan-6 family,” said Tim Barber, senior vice president of design chain business development for Avnet Electronics Marketing. “The Spartan-6 LX16 FPGA kit continues Avnet’s efforts to provide engineers with the ability to quickly develop complete solutions.”

“Avnet’s Spartan-6 LX16 FPGA Evaluation board uses the PSoC platform to deliver analog-intensive sensing, power management and user interface capabilities for a wide range of applications,” said Geoff Charubin, vice president of Worldwide Distribution for Cypress. “Today’s design engineers are eager for ways to quickly ramp up development with new technologies such as the Xilinx Spartan-6 family, and they have come to trust Avnet to provide strong support tools to do just that.”

PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 devices extend the world’s only programmable analog and digital embedded design platform, delivering unmatched time-to-market, integration, and flexibility across 8-, 16-, and 32-bit applications. PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 offer high-precision programmable analog including 12- to 20-bit delta-sigma ADCs, digital logic libraries full of dozens of drop-in peripherals, best-in-class power management and rich connectivity resources. The revolutionary PSoC Creator™ IDE introduces a unique schematic-based design methodology along with fully tested, pre-packaged analog and digital peripherals easily customizable through user-intuitive wizards and APIs to meet specific design requirements. More information and free downloads of PSoC Creator are available at

About PSoC 3 and PSoC 5
The new PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 architectures include high-precision programmable analog capability (up to 20-bit resolution for an Analog to Digital Converter) and expanded programmable digital resources integrated with powerful, industry-standard MCU cores and ample memory and communications peripherals. The PSoC 3 devices are based on a new, high-performance 8-bit 8051 processor, while the PSoC 5 devices include a powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex™-M3 processor. The new products provide designers with a seamless, programmable design platform, enabling easy migration from 8 to 32 bits. The robust features of these new solutions dramatically expand the applications and markets that PSoC can address, including automotive, portable medical, industrial and many more. More information about PSoC products is available at and free online training is at

About Avnet Electronics Marketing
Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's Web site is located at Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology in the world. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers and providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended July 3, 2010, Avnet generated revenue of $19.16 billion. For more information, visit

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 such as PowerPSoC® solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting applications, 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. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable timing devices. 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

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