Cypress MicroSystems Announces Winners of '$30,000 International PSoC Design Contest' | Cypress Semiconductor
Cypress MicroSystems Announces Winners of '$30,000 International PSoC Design Contest'
Entries Demonstrate Exceptional Level of Innovation in a Range of Industrial, Automotive and Medical Applications
"The contest challenged engineers to create unique, real-world designs that utilize the PSoC's broad range of on-chip configurable analog and digital blocks," said John McDonald, product marketing director for Cypress MicroSystems. "We are pleased to see that the contest garnered so much interest and enthusiasm from the engineering community. The dozens of diverse design entries highlight the versatility of the device and the ability of individual engineers to develop a PSoC-based application in less than three months. The entries also demonstrate the ease with which products employing PSoC and its associated PSoC Developer 4.1 tools can be brought to market."
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First place prizes of $3,000 were awarded to: Pam
Howell's winning design supplements a gasoline single-cylinder generator engine with a PSoC controlled gaseous fuel-injection system that allows for the use of compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas in residential backup generators. The fuel-injection module is based on the PSoC CY8C27xxx device.
Other winning entries making use of the PSoC mixed-signal array in embedded design include a smart water detector that can control external pumps and protect against freezing conditions; and a high-reliability analog filter that can compensate for faulty sub-components in situations where the hardware is not easily accessible.
An independent judge from each geographic region of the CMP editorial staff selected the winning design based on originality, feasibility, manufacturability and how well the implementation used the PSoC device.
About the PSoC Family
A true system-on-a-chip, PSoC devices are configurable mixed signal arrays that integrate the microcontroller and related peripheral circuits typically found in an embedded design. Employing easy to use development tools, designers select configurable, pre-characterized library elements to provide analog functions such as amplifiers, ADCs, DACs, filters and comparators and digital functions such as timers, counters, PWMs,
In addition to these configurable analog and digital blocks, PSoC devices include a fast 8-bit microcontroller, up to 32KB of Flash memory, 2KB of
All PSoC devices are dynamically reconfigurable, ena
Software and Support
The software development environment, PSoC Designer 4.1 is a full-featured, GUI-based design tool suite that enables the user to configure their design in silicon with simple point and click options; code the MCU in either C or assembly language; and debug the design using sophisticated features such as event triggers and multiple break points while single-stepping through the code in C or assembly or a mix of the two.
The CY3205-DK Professional Class Development Kit includes a full-speed in-circuit emulator with a large trace buffer, which seamlessly integrates with PSoC Designer 4.1." The development kit includes everything necessary to complete a design with the PSoC family of ICs. The kits also contain all materials for the first four "Tele-training" classes offered on line by
About Cypress MicroSystems
Headquartered in Lynnwood, Wash., Cypress MicroSystems develops and markets Programmable System-on-Chip (PSoC) devices - high-performance, field-programmable mixed signal integration products for high-volume embedded control functions in consumer, industrial, office automation, telecom and automotive applications. Esta
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