Cypress announces PSoC 4 architecture for ARM Cortex-M0 devicesThe PSoC 4 programmable system-on-chip architecture from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. combines Cypress’s PSoC analog and digital fabric and CapSense capacitive touch technology with ARM’s power-efficient Cortex-M0 core. The scalable architecture delivers access to dozens of free PSoC Components (“virtual chips”) represented by icons in Cypress’s PSoC Creator integrated design environment. The new PSoC 4 device class will challenge proprietary 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), along with other 32-bit devices.
The PSoC 4 architecture enhances Cypress’s CapSense capacitive-touch sensing technology by offering significant improvement in noise immunity. In addition to capacitive sensing, PSoC 4 targets field-oriented control (FOC) motor control, temperature sensing, security access, portable medical, and many other applications.
According to Cypress, 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.