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Published on: August 17, 2013 / Comments: None

Get Started with PSoC on the Cheap

PSoC, or Programmable System-on-Chip, combines a CPU along with configurable peripherals on a single die.  This combination gives you the flexibility to essentially design the perfect microcontroller for your project.  Need an ADC, 2 PWM’s, 2 Low Pass Filters, a Capacitive Touch Sensor, 2 DAC’s and a RS-232 port?  No problem.  Just drag and drop blocks to add peripherals to your PSoC, ‘wire’ them together, then reference them in your C code.  Until recently, it could be expensive to get started in serious PSoC development.  There are through-hole PSoC’s available, but they are rather limited devices and the idea of surface mount components is daunting to most beginners/DIYers.  Plus, debugging when you are responsible not just for the code but also the peripherals can be frustrating.  And a good debugger for PSoC was not available for free.

Well, Cypress Semi has you covered.  They now have an easy to use, inexpensive development board called the PSoC 4 Pioneer.  It combines an Arm Cortex-M0 CPU with Cypress’ impressive PSoC technology in an Arduino shield-friendly package for only $25.  They also offer plenty of PSoC training for free on their website.

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