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New Cypress Evaluation Kit for PSoC and Flexible MCU Families Speeds Design of CAN and LIN Networking Protocol Applications

Last Updated: March 30, 2016

CY8CKIT-026 Kit Provides an Arduino-compatible Shield Board that Combines with PSoC® 4 Pioneer Kits and PSoC Creator™ Software to Provide Low-Cost, Easy-to-Use Platform

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 30, 2016 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today introduced a new kit that enables designers to evaluate the Controller Area Network (CAN) and Local Interconnect Network (LIN) slave communication capability of Cypress’s PSoC® programmable system-on-chip and Flexible Microcontroller (MCU) families. The new CY8CKIT-026 CAN and LIN Shield Kit features two CAN transceivers for high-accuracy, high-speed transmissions, two LIN transceivers and Arduino compatible headers. Additionally, the kit includes five example projects that demonstrate the CAN and LIN capabilities of PSoC 4. The CAN and LIN protocols are widely used in automotive applications and some industrial applications.

The CY8CKIT-026 CAN and LIN Shield Kit enables designers to quickly create their own projects with easy-to-use CAN and LIN slave components in Cypress’s PSoC Creator™ Integrated Design Environment (IDE) or by altering code examples provided with this kit. The IDE simplifies system design and accelerates time-to-market by enabling concurrent hardware and firmware design. PSoC Creator works with PSoC Components—free embedded ICs represented by an icon in the IDE—to enable rapid prototyping of end applications while minimizing PCB redesigns and firmware changes. More information on the kit is available at, and users can access the example projects by downloading and installing the setup file from this webpage. The kit is available for $50.

“Our new shield kit enables designers to easily evaluate CAN and LIN communication using any Arduino-compatible microcontroller-based kits that support the protocols,” said Dr. Jing Mu, Senior Director of Automotive HMI Marketing for Cypress. “Cypress makes this even simpler with the use of our PSoC Pioneer kit, example projects and very-easy-to-configure components in PSoC Creator.”

The CY8CKIT-026 CAN and LIN Shield Kit’s Arduino-compatible shield board can be used with Cypress’s CY8CKIT-042 PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit and CY8CKIT-044 PSoC 4 M-Series Pioneer Kit. The kit’s CAN code example demonstrates how to send and receive data over the CAN bus using a capacitive touch-sensing button implemented with Cypress’s industry-leading CapSense® technology. The status of the button on the Pioneer kit is sent using the CAN protocol to control LEDs at the CAN receiver. This code example demonstrates the configuration and use of the CAN Transmit and CAN Receive mailboxes. The kit’s LIN code examples demonstrate the implementation of LIN slave communication in PSoC 4. The LIN component in PSoC 4 supports a LIN slave with both LIN v1.3 and LIN v2.1/2.2 protocol specifications.

The CY8CKIT-026 CAN and LIN Shield Kit is currently available from Cypress and its authorized distributors for $50.

About PSoC
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

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Cypress (NASDAQ: CY) delivers high-performance, high-quality solutions at the heart of today’s most advanced embedded systems, from automotive, industrial and networking platforms to highly interactive consumer and mobile devices. With a broad, differentiated product portfolio that includes NOR flash memories, F-RAM™ and SRAM, Traveo™ microcontrollers, the industry’s only PSoC® programmable system-on-chip solutions, analog and PMIC Power Management ICs, CapSense® capacitive touch-sensing controllers, and Wireless BLE Bluetooth Low-Energy and USB connectivity solutions, Cypress is committed to providing its customers worldwide with consistent innovation, best-in-class support and exceptional system value. To learn more, go to

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