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PSoC 6: A Cypress Microcontroller Purpose-Built for the Internet of Things

Designers of next generation IoT devices now don’t have to choose between high performance and ultra-low power, as the new PSoC 6 MCU architecture delivers both.

Built on an advanced, ultra-low-power 40nm process technology, PSoC 6 sets a new, industry leading ultra-low-power benchmark. It bridges the gap between power hungry application processors and low performance single core MCUs that are used today in IoT devices. PSoC 6 provides the ultra-low-power and high-performance required by IoT devices today, with its dual-core ARM®Cortex®-M architecture, and the cutting-edge ultra-low-power 40-nm process technology it is built on. And in addition to this balance, this new MCU architecture seamlessly integrates critical, hardware-based security that will be in imperative in the devices of the future. As stated above, this is a game changing device by Cypress that will be defining – in the era of the Internet of Things.

The Internet of Things is connecting everyday physical objects to the internet that have never been connected before. This is now a commercial reality, and will only become more of a reality with time. An estimated 30 billion everyday physical objects will be a part of the Internet of Things by 2020.


Embedded solutions are the heart of the IoT, and engineers designing such systems require a few different things:

  • Extended battery life without sacrificing performance
  • Innovative and differentiated features that provide value to their end customers
  • Protection of their end-products against cyber vulnerabilities and threats

PSoC 6, being purpose-built for IoT applications, addresses these critical requirements and more, delivering the following features:

  • Dual-core ARM Cortex-M4 and ARM Cortex-M0+, running at 150-MHz and 100-MHz, ultra-low-power 40nm architecture
  • Industry-leading ultra-low-power design that consumes as little as 22-μA/MHz in active power modes
  • Best-in-class flexibility with wired and wireless connectivity options, software defined peripherals and industry-leading CapSense®
  • Integrated, hardware-based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) with secure data storage
  • And with these capabilities, PSoC 6 drives a new standard for the Internet of Things, enabling end products with:

Extended Battery Life

PSoC 6 MCU uses a state-of-the-art ultra-low power 40nm process, and offers dynamic voltage and frequency scaling to help IoT devices run longer between charges.

Flexible Performance

Partitions tasks between the high performance Cortex M4 core and the lower power Cortex M0+ core so that designs can be responsive and power efficient.

Scalable Security

Create independent hardware based Trusted Execution Environments, each with their own hardware root of trust, making devices a trusted part of the IoT.

PSoC Possibility

Well-known by engineers around the world for its programmability, Cypress’ PSoC architecture enables visionary designs.

PSoC 6 is truly an IoT Game Changer. Want to stay informed?

Click here to join the PSoC 6 Community. In this community, you will receive the latest news on our PSoC 6 solutions, interact with us in the discussion forum, and get more information on the PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-062-BLE), available to purchase at RS-Components. We will be updating content on this community frequently and interacting through the discussion forums with you and other members. 


Matthew received both his undergraduate and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Santa Clara University. Matthew now runs Global Distribution Marketing at Cypress in San Jose, CA. Cypress is the global supplier of choice for innovative companies in high-growth markets. Our commitment is to provide high quality, value-driven embedded solutions on time with world-class support. We are committed to the success of our customers, employees, and shareholders.
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