Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has qualified a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio to integrate with its programmable platforms. Cypress will develop single-chip solutions combining this radio with its PSoC programmable system-on-chip, industry-leading CapSense capacitive sensing and TrueTouch touchscreen technologies. These combinations will enable Cypress to quickly address emerging Bluetooth Smart applications such as PC peripherals, remote controls, wearable electronics and portable medical devices.
According to the company, pairing this efficient wireless connectivity with the programmable analog of PSoC delivers unparalleled flexibility for designers of wearable electronics and other emerging applications. BLE technology will provide designers with a single-chip solution that integrates capacitive sensing, an analog front-end for biometrics sensors, and BLE for power savings and smaller design footprints.
Cypress has qualified the BLE radio in its S8F 130-nanometer flash-based SONOS (Silicon Oxide Nitride Oxide Silicon) process technology, which is the primary manufacturing technology for PSoC, CapSense and TrueTouch products. SONOS is compatible with standard CMOS technologies and offers numerous advantages, including high endurance, low power, and radiation hardness. The technology enables Cypress’s BLE radio to operate in the industrial temperature range of -40 to +85 degrees C.
Cypress expects to sample its first integrated BLE device in the first quarter of 2014.