June 20, 2008 -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has introduced new programming software for the PSoC programmable system-on-chip family. The new PSoC Programmer 3.0 now offers a customizable user interface, allowing designers to select the features they wish to use and hide those that they donít. Cypress has also streamlined the interface to enable an easier, more intuitive user experience.
PSoC Programmer can be used as an integrated programmer with Cypressís PSoC Designer integrated development environment (IDE), or as a standalone programming application. It supports all PSoC device families.
PSoC Programmer 3.0 also includes rapid prototype device programming through configurable verifications procedures. In addition, it automatically identifies the target PSoC device and configures itself to program that device, without the user having to select the device from a menu. Users can download PSoC Programmer 3.0 free of charge from the Cypress website.
PSoC devices employ a highly configurable system-on-chip architecture for embedded control design, offering a flash-based equivalent of a field-programmable ASIC without lead-time or NRE penalties. PSoC devices integrate configurable analog and digital circuits, controlled by an on-chip microcontroller, providing both enhanced design revision capability and component count savings. They include up to 32kBytes of Flash memory, 2kBytes of SRAM, an 8x8 multiplier with 32-bit accumulator, power and sleep monitoring circuits, and hardware I2C communications.
All PSoC devices are also dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to morph internal resources on-the-fly, utilizing fewer components to perform a given task.
Easy to use development tools enable designers to select configurable library elements for analog functions such as amplifiers, ADCs, DACs, filters and comparators and digital functions such as timers, counters, PWMs, SPI and UARTs. The PSoC family's analog features include rail-to-rail inputs, programmable gain amplifiers and up to 14-bit ADCs with exceptionally low noise, input leakage and voltage offset.
A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions saving customers design time, board space and power consumption while improving system quality. Customers can save as much as $10 in system costs.
Go to the Cypress Semiconductor Corp. website for details.