Farnell element14 introduces Cypress PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer kit

A kit to develop next-generation IoT designs from Cypress Semiconductor delivers high-performance, low power consumption and maximum security, says distributor Farnell element14.

The Cypress PSoC 6 BLE (Bluetooth low energy) Pioneer Kit, helps engineers to get started with next-generation IoT Designs using the new PSoC 6 microcontroller, which is purpose-built for the IoT, from Cypress.

The PSoC 6 microcontroller eliminates the need for designers to choose between high performance and low power in the IoT project development, says Simon Meadmore, global head of Semiconductors for Premier Farnell and Farnell element14: “PSoC 6 delivers both,” he says, “plus the security that next-generation IoT devices demand – all on the famous PSoC programmable fabric.” 

The PSoC 6 microcontroller solves the challenge of emerging IoT devices that require high-performance processing and low power consumption without any trade-offs. It bridges this gap that exists between power-hungry application processors and low-performance single-core microcontrollers, in addition to providing the critical security features demanded by the IoT.

The PSoC 6 microcontroller architecture includes dual-core Arm Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M0+ processors to deliver high-performance processing and power efficiency, built on a low-power 40nm process technology with dynamic voltage and frequency scaling for extended battery life and an industry-leading current consumption of 22-microA per MHz in active power modes.

The system also offers best-in-class flexibility with software-defined peripherals and multiple connectivity options, plus an integrated, hardware-based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) with secure data storage, explains Farnell element14.

The PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer kit has an Arduino-compatible, easy-to-use development platform with various peripherals such as Bluetooth low energy connectivity and Cypress’ CapSense capacitive-sensing technology. The board features Cypress’ EZ-PD CCG3 USB-C controller for USB power delivery and an e-ink display add-on shield (CY8CKIT-028-EPD) to prototype a variety of different IoT application.

The kit is also supported in the PSoC Creator 4.2, integrated development environment (IDE) that enables concurrent hardware and firmware editing, compiling and debugging of PSoC systems. Applications are created using schematic capture and over 150 pre-verified, production-ready peripheral components.

The PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit is available to buy from Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14 in Asia Pacific.



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