RS Components adds Cypress’ PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer kit

To kickstart IoT development on the latest PSoC 6 microcontrollers, RS Components now offers advanced access to the PSoC 6 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Pioneer kit. It is available now to explore the lowest power, most flexible, and most secure solution for the IoT, says the distributor.

The PSoC 6 microcontroller from Cypress Semiconductor is purpose-built for the IoT with a low power, flexible architecture and integrated security features required for next-generation IoT devices.

The PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer kit (CY8CKIT-062-BLE) has a PSoC 63 device on-board, and is Bluetooth 5-ready, making it a powerful launchpad for developing IoT devices, says RS Components. Cypress’ 512Mbit quad-SPI NOR flash memory and EZ-PD CCG3 USB Type-C controller with power delivery are also available on-board. Smart power options are provided too, with support for a rechargeable LiPo battery and a super capacitor that can be used as back-up power.

Users can also refine the user interface for their new applications by taking advantage of the on-board capacitive-sensing buttons, sliders and proximity sensor based on Cypress’ CapSense technology, and the 2.7-inch E-ink display shield (CY8CKIT-028-EPD) included in the pack. The board plugs into the platform’s Arduino UNO v3 shield headers, which simplify additional functional expansion leveraging the extensive Arduino ecosystem.

The PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer kit contains software, with a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) containing header files, start-up code and fully integrated middleware, called the Peripheral Driver Library (PDL). The PDL helps quickly take control of the flexible peripherals of PSoC 6 microcontrollers.

The PSoC 6 microcontroller will also soon be available from RS, for customers to implement their projects developed using the PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer kit. The PSoC 6 architecture integrates a 150MHz ARM Cortex-M4 core and 100MHz Cortex-M0+. Active power can be as low as 22-microA/MHz on the ARM Cortex-M4 and 15-microA/MHz on the Cortex-M0+ cores, and dynamic voltage and frequency scaling ensures maximum energy efficiency as the load varies.

The devices also feature a hardware-based trusted execution environment (TEE), which addresses IoT security challenges without requiring external memory or a secure element. The PSoC 6 TEE supports security features such as secure boot, secure data storage, and advanced cryptographic algorithms.

The latest PSoC 6 generation also allows designers to take advantage of software-defined peripherals to create custom analogue front-ends (AFEs) or digital interfaces. The devices also support Cypress’ CapSense touch technology, giving the option to provide sleek, smooth user interactions where needed.

The PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer kit is shipping from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.


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