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Friday, September 29, 2017

Cypress launches design kit for latest PSoC 6 microcontroller

By Nick Flaherty at

Cypress Semiconductor has launched the development kit for its latest PSoC 6 Bluetooth-enabled microcontroller that is set to enter production by the end of the year for IoT designs. 

The PSOC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit and PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE) software that combines Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 4.2  with integrated hardware-based security in a single device. 

The PSoC 6 family uses a 150MHz ARM Cortex-M4 core as a host processor and a 100MHz Cortex-M0+ core to manage peripheral functions such as capacitive sensing, BLE connectivity and sensor aggregation. Early applications include wearables, personal medical devices and wireless speakers as the power consumption is 22-µA/MHz for the M4 core and as low as 15-µA/MHz for the M0+ core on the 40nm process.

It also supports multiple secure domains without additional memory devices using a ROM-based root of trust where the secure boot is uninterruptible until system protection attributes are established and allows secure execution of code in execute-only mode for protected routines. All the debug and test paths can be disabled to protect production devices. 

“We have seen overwhelming interest in PSoC 6 with more than 2,500 customers registering for our early adopter program in just a few months,” said John Weil, VP and GM of the MCU Business Unit at Cypress. “Initial feedback from early adopters has been that the combination of features in PSoC 6 really hits the mark for IoT designs. We are excited to see how our broader customer base will now use the PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit to develop innovative products.”
The PSoC BLE Pioneer Kit features a PSoC 6 MCU with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity. The kit enables development of touch and gesture-based interfaces that are robust and reliable with a linear slider, touch buttons and proximity sensors based on the latest generation of Cypress’ industry-leading CapSense capacitive-sensing technology. Designers can also use the board to add USB Power Delivery (PD) with its Cypress EZ-PD CCG3 USB-C controller. The kit also includes a 2.7-inch E-ink Display Shield add-on board (CY8CKIT-028-EPD) with thermistor, digital mic, and 9-axes motion sensor. Designers can find more information on the PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-062-BLE) at

The CY8CKIT-062-BLE is available for purchase for $75 and the PSoC 6 devices are currently sampling. Production devices are expected by the end of 2017.

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