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14 Jan 2019, 9:26

Cypress PSoC 6 Prototyping Boards

If you have been trying out some of the incredible functionality available on a PSOC 6 WiFi-BT Pioneer Kit - CY8CKIT-062-WiFi-BT (175-4669) and want to get serious about prototyping your own PSoC 6 based design, then you may be inspired jump in with both feet by a couple of recent releases from Cypress that will make your first go that much easier: the PSoC® 6 BLE Prototyping Board - CY8CPROTO-063-BLE (181-2207) and the PSoC® 6 Wi-Fi® BT Prototyping Kit - CY8CPROTO-062-4343W (181-2206) .

PSoC® 6 BLE Prototyping Board

The great thing about the PSoC 6 BLE Prototyping Board is that it gives you easy access to all the MCU I/Os in a breadboard-compatible format and a fully certified, integrated, and programmable (royalty-free) Bluetooth 5.0 BLE stack to use in your design. It also gives you some dev-board essentials such as an LED, a push button, and jumpers for current measuring.

This Board is designed in modular, snap-away segments allowing users to separate the on-board KitProg programmer and debugger module from the target board so you can use them independently. The Prototyping Board also features a mikroBUS™ interface giving your PSoC 6 instant access to the functionality of MikroElektronika’s 500+ click boards™.

Features

  • CYBLE-416045-02 Creator Module with:
    • Cypress Semiconductor PSoC 63 BLE Microcontroller
    • Up to 36 GPIOs with programmable drive modes, strengths, and slew rates
    • 1MB Application Flash with 32KB EEPROM area and 32KB Secure Flash
    • Integrated trace antenna and passive components
    • PSoC 6 MCU I/O headers
    • PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE)
  • 2x LEDs to provide feedback
  • 1x push button for user input
  • Footprint for External Crystal Oscillator (ECO) [2.0mm x 1.6mm, 24MHz]
  • External Watch Crystal Oscillator (WCO) at 32.768kHz
  • KitProg2 onboard programmer/debugger with CMSIS-DAP mode and USB to UART/I2C bridge functionality
  • Perforated, modular snap-away board design
  • 8V to 3.3V operation

PSoC® 6 Wi-Fi® BT Prototyping Kit

If your need is more towards WiFi, don’t worry: you haven’t been left out! The PSoC 6 Wi-Fi BT Prototyping Kit also features a modular, snap-away board design.

The modular features include a CY8CMOD-062-4343W daughter card, an industry-leading CapSense® card with touch buttons and slider, a KitProg3 on-board programmer/debugger, a microSD card, 512Mb Quad-SPI NOR flash, a PDM microphone, and a thermistor module. Also included is a Murata Type 1DX (LBEE5KL1DX) 2.4GHz WLAN and Bluetooth® module, based on the CYW4343W Single-Chip 802.11 b/g/n MAC/Baseband/Radio supporting Bluetooth 4.1.

Features

  • Cypress Semiconductor PSoC 62 Microcontroller
    • 2MB flash and 1MB SRAM
    • 150MHz Arm Cortex-M4, 100MHz Arm Cortex-M0+
    • Dedicated SDIO controller
    • Ultra-low 22μA/MHz power consumption
  • Murata LBEE5KL1DX 2.4GHz WLAN and Bluetooth Module based on Cypress Semiconductor CYW4343W SoC
    • 11 b/g/n MAC/baseband/radio with Bluetooth 4.1
    • Integrated Power Amplifier (PA) for low-power handheld systems
    • Integrated Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) for best-in-class receiver sensitivity
  • On-board 512Mb QSPI NOR Flash Memory
  • MicroSD card interface
  • Micro-B connector for USB device interface
  • CapSense touch-sensing slider (5 elements), and two buttons, capable of self-capacitance (CSD) and mutual-capacitance (CSX) operation
  • KitProg3 onboard programmer/debugger with CMSIS-DAP mode and USB to UART/I2C bridge functionality
  • Thermistor ambient temperature sensor
  • 2x PDM-PCM microphones for voice input
  • Digilent Pmod™ interface compatible expansion headers
  • User LED, user button, plus reset button for PSoC 6 MCU
  • Mode switch and two status LEDs for KitProg3
  • 8V to 3.3V operation

 

Software

Both boards can be used with Cypress' Eclipse-based Modus Toolbox Integrated Development Environment (IDE). There is full support for Windows®, macOS®, and Linux®.

Modus Toolbox provides developers with a sophisticated environment and Software Development Kit (SDK) libraries supporting easy system setup, wireless connectivity, power analysis, application-specific configurators for Bluetooth®Low Energy (BLE), CapSense®, as well as other peripherals.

Cypress also give you a ton of example programs to work from when you start out.

Happy Prototyping!

Mark completed his Electronic Engineering degree in 1991 and went on to work in real-time digital signal processing applications engineering, later moving into technical marketing.

14 Jan 2019, 9:26