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New PSoC® Precision Analog Development Kit Highlights 20-Bit ADC with Micro-Volt Measurements and Differential Inputs

Last Updated: December 06, 2011

PSoC 3 and PSoC 5’s Unique Precision Analog Features Enable Designers
To Do What Standard MCUs Can’t

SAN JOSE, Calif., December 6, 2011 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced the new CY8CKIT-025 Development Kit for its PSoC® 3 and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip architectures. The new kit highlights PSoC’s unique 8- to 20-Bit Delta-Sigma ADC with an internal voltage reference of - 0.1%, a sampling rate of up to 384 ksps, and up to 18-bit effective number of bits (ENOB) performance. It showcases the capability for measurements in microvolts enabled by a precision of 0.003 percent. In addition, the ADC enables designers to implement both differential and single-ended inputs for the Delta Sigma ADC, providing unmatched flexibility in interfacing with sensors of varying output types.

Another differentiating feature of PSoC 3 and PSoC 5’s Delta Sigma ADC is that designers can easily configure it with a wide range of resolutions, sample rates, and input buffer and gain modes. This is easily accomplished using the Graphical User Interface inside Cypress’s PSoC Creator™ IDE. The pre-written software “components” in PSoC Creator allow a user to graphically select the desired values, greatly simplifying device configuration.

The new kit includes each of four different types of analog temperature sensors, including a thermocouple, a diode, a thermistor and a resistance temperature detector (RTD). It also includes a bonus CY8CKIT-012 PSoC Prototyping and Development Expansion Board.  Designers can buy the new development kit for US$115 at

The PSoC High Precision Analog solution is the first installment of a new PSoC Peripheral of the Month program designed to highlight applications and functions that standard MCUs can’t deliver, but PSoC can. Each peripheral will be presented with accompanying videos, app notes, webinars and more at

“The precision analog capability of our PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 products is one of the unique capabilities that sets PSoC apart from standard MCUs,” said Gahan Richardson, vice president for Cypress’s PSoC Platform. “In order to get this level of measurement accuracy with a standard controller, a designer would need to add a standalone differential ADC device that adds cost, power, board space and complexity to the design.”

Availability and Photo
The new CY8CKIT-025 is available today. Visit for more information. A photo of the new kit is 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 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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