SAN JOSE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today introduced version 3.0 of its PSoC® Creator™ Integrated Design Environment (IDE) for the PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip architectures. Based on customer requests, Cypress developed PSoC Creator 3.0 to reduce the compiled code size, include significant improvements to the integrated firmware editor, and allow for export to top ARM® IDEs. PSoC Creator 3.0 expands the capabilities of PSoC solutions, simplifying concurrent hardware and software design with the ability to create custom PSoC Components™ using the newly introduced Universal Digital Block (UDB) Editor.
“Cypress brings silicon quality into our software, running thousands of hours of testing for every release on every feature to make sure they work in customer designs”
The Windows-based PSoC Creator IDE includes more than 110 PSoC Components—pre-verified “virtual chips” represented by an icon—that users can drag-and-drop into a design and configure to suit a broad array of application requirements. PSoC Creator 3.0 simplifies the creation of custom digital PSoC Components by adding a full state machine diagramming tool for the UDB datapath, and it allows creation with Verilog as in previous versions. Custom PSoC Components facilitate designs for diverse global teams and enable reuse of encapsulated hardware and firmware for future designs.
“Cypress brings silicon quality into our software, running thousands of hours of testing for every release on every feature to make sure they work in customer designs,” said Alan Hawse, Executive Vice President of Software at Cypress. “The new features in PSoC Creator 3.0 – the UDB Editor, export to top ARM IDEs, and the general editor improvements – are based on input from customers. Everything we do in PSoC Creator is trying to help the user get their design problem solved as efficiently as possible – allowing engineers to design the way they think.” Cypress has a new video of Hawse introducing PSoC Creator 3.0 available at www.cypress.com/go/3.0video.
PSoC Creator 3.0 reduces the generated code size for ARM M-class processors, such as PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP, by integrating two optimization tools: the GCC version 4.7 ARM embedded compiler and Newlib-nano libraries. The new release also streamlines coding with improved editor functions, including an auto-complete feature that lets users utilize the dynamically generated software APIs without needing to open datasheets. Developers can now create their hardware schematic designs in PSoC Creator 3.0, automatically generate a full custom datasheet, and then seamlessly export to IAR, Keil, or Eclipse IDEs to develop firmware.
PSoC Creator is more than merely an IDE. In addition to a robust compiler and programmer, it allows users to configure PSoC programmable hardware through schematics, Verilog, state machines, and firmware into a one-chip solution. Cypress regularly releases new components that leverage PSoC's hardware programmability to deliver new peripheral functions to existing PSoC devices. In this way, PSoC Components speed time-to-market while adding differentiation to end-products.
Developers can download PSoC Creator 3.0 free of charge today at www.cypress.com/creator.
About PSoC Creator
PSoC Creator is a unique design software that enables engineers to design the way they think, using schematic-based design capture along with pre-verified, production-ready PSoC Components to keep system creation independent of the target PSoC device. Instead of trawling through device documentation and memorizing register maps, users simply lay out the design, just as they would on paper or a whiteboard, and let the tool translate it into the PSoC configuration. With PSoC Creator, customers create designs according to application requirements, not the limitations of the target device. Re-targeting to new devices is as simple as rebuilding an application, so porting designs—including migrating working designs seamlessly from 8- to 32-bit devices—is easy.
PSoC Creator automatically places PSoC Components into the selected PSoC device, routes all on-chip signals and directs I/O to the optimal pins. Each component is carefully parameterized so that the implementation is automatically optimized to fit the developer’s needs perfectly with no wasted resources. The build process generates a consistently-named set of regression-tested APIs for each component that allows the software developer to control the hardware without knowing the underlying register set. Customized designs, and their associated APIs, can be saved in a library for future reuse and easily shared within an organization.
MCUs Can’t. PSoC Can.
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. A single PSoC device can integrate a wide range of peripheral functions saving customers design time, board space and power consumption while improving system quality and reducing system cost.
The flexible PSoC resources allow designers to future-proof their products by enabling firmware-based changes during design, validation, production, and even in the field. The unique PSoC flexibility shortens design cycle time and allows for late-breaking feature enhancements. All PSoC devices are also dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to morph internal resources on-the-fly, utilizing fewer components to perform a given task. More information about PSoC products is available at www.cypress.com/psoc and free online training is at www.cypress.com/psoctraining.
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4, and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense® touch sensing, TrueTouch® touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories. Cypress serves numerous major markets, including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial, and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at www.cypress.com.
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