New Development Tool Enables Made for iPod Program Licensees to Quickly Design
Feature-Rich Accessories Using Configurability of PSoC
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(Business Wire)–
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq:CY) today introduced a new development
platform for Apple iPhone and iPod accessories based on its new PSoC® 3
architecture. Designers can use Cypress`s new CY8CKIT-023 PSoC Expansion Board
Kit For iPhone & iPod Accessories – a plug-in board to Cypress`s CY8CKIT-001
PSoC Platform Development Kit – to streamline design of innovative mobile
accessories using the flexible PSoC programmable system-on-chip architecture.
The new kit leverages the iPhone OS operating system of Apple`s iPhone and iPod
products and the corresponding iPhone SDK (Software Development Kit) to provide
a two-way communication interface between apps from Apple’s App Store and
The easy-to-use PSoC-based development platform enables highly-integrated
modular design of functions such as capacitive touch-sensing, LCD segment drive
and much more for traditional iPhone and iPod accessories such as audio docks
and speakers, chargers and automotive products. The platform also opens up a new
realm of accessories that can leverage the 480 x 320 touchscreen display and
many other features of the iPhone and iPod touch for a myriad of markets and
applications, including health and wellness, point-of-sale, RFID, and
diagnostics and instrumentation tools. Details on the new kit and a video
demonstration are available at www.cypress.com/go/cy8ckit-023, and for more
information on the Made for iPod program, visit http://developer.apple.com/ipod.
When used in conjunction with the PSoC Development Kit, the PSoC Expansion Board
Kit For iPhone & iPod Accessories offers support for Cypress`s recently
announced PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 product families, as well as the PSoC 1 family. PSoC
3 and PSoC 5 devices extend the world`s only programmable analog and digital
embedded design platform, delivering unmatched time-to-market, integration and
flexibility across 8-, 16-, and 32-bit applications. The platform is powered by
the revolutionary PSoC Creator Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which
introduces a unique schematic-based design methodology along with fully tested,
pre-packaged analog and digital peripherals easily customizable through
user-intuitive wizards and APIs to meet specific design requirements. The PSoC 1
family delivers similar ease-of-use and flexibility with a cost-optimized core,
and is supported by the powerful PSoC Designer software tool.
“The popularity of the iPhone and iPod has developers rushing to create a wide
range of accessories, and even more so now that they can leverage their
multi-touch interfaces and widescreen displays,” said Norm Taffe, executive vice
president of the Consumer and Computation Division at Cypress. “The flexibility
of our PSoC platform helps developers quickly design products with
differentiating features, make last-minute changes and still hit market windows.
They can also reuse the IP they develop across multiple product variations.”
The PSoC Expansion Board Kit For iPhone & iPod Accessories features a plug-in
board that connects to the PSoC Development Kit, enabling PSoC to communicate
with the iPhone and iPod. The kit showcases the capabilities for developers to
record to and play from an iPhone or iPod with a microphone input and speaker
output on the plug-in board, while simultaneously highlighting PSoC`s
capabilities to power CapSense capacitive touch-sensing buttons and sliders for
playback control as well as drive an LCD to display metadata from multimedia.
The kit also comes with an iPhone app and a PSoC project example to demonstrate
communication between iPhone apps and accessories. Additionally, Cypress plans
to release a full assortment of other plug-in boards that each interface to a
variety of electronic sensors and actuators and perform various application
functions such as audio processing, Controller Area Network (CAN), high
precision analog sensors, QVGA graphics and more.
Availability and Photo
The CY8CKIT-023 PSoC Expansion Board Kit For iPhone & iPod Accessories is now
available to Made for iPod licensees via Apple`s authorized distributor. A
high-resolution photo of the kit is available at
The CY8CKIT-001 PSoC Development Kit contains a main PSoC development board and
processor module boards for the different architectures. It also includes a
MiniProg3 debug and evaluation device, prototyping cable kit, a USB cable, a 12V
AC power adapter, and both PSoC Creator and PSoC Designer software. Sample
projects are also provided. The kit is available today, priced at US$249.00.
Designers can get more information and order the kit from
PSoC — Because Change Happens
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 as many as 100
peripheral functions saving customers design time, board space and power
consumption while improving system quality and reducing system cost.
The new PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 architectures include high-precision programmable
analog capability (up to 20-bit resolution for an Analog to Digital Converter)
and expanded programmable digital resources integrated with powerful,
industry-standard MCU cores and ample memory and communications peripherals.
PSoC 3 devices are based on a high-performance 8-bit 8051 processor, while PSoC
5 devices include a powerful 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 processor. The products
provide designers with a seamless, programmable design platform, enabling easy
migration from 8 to 32 bits. The robust features of these new solutions
dramatically expand the applications and markets that PSoC can address,
including automotive, portable medical, industrial and many more. The PSoC 1
family is based on a cost-optimized 8-bit M8C core. More information about PSoC
products is available at www.cypress.com/psoc and free online training is at
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 programmable system-on-chip families
and derivatives such as PowerPSoC solutions for high-voltage and LED lighting
applications, CapSense touch sensing and TrueTouch solutions for touchscreens.
Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the high-performance
West Bridge solution that enhances connectivity and performance in multimedia
handsets. Cypress is also a leader in high-performance memories and programmable
timing devices. Cypress serves numerous 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.
Cypress, the Cypress logo, PSoC, PowerPSoC, CapSense and West Bridge are
registered trademarks and PSoC Creator, PSoC Designer and TrueTouch are
trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. Apple, iPhone, and iPod are trademarks
of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks
are property of their owners.
Cypress Public Relations
Samer Bahou, 408-544-1081
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