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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. to Showcase its New PSoC-Based Bluetooth Smart Solutions at the Bluetooth World 2015 Conference
Apr 14 15
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. will be showcasing its latest PSoC-based Bluetooth Smart solutions in booth number 01 at the Bluetooth World 2015 conference, being held April 14-15 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Cypress's Bluetooth Smart offerings include PSoC 4 BLE -- the industry's most versatile single-chip solution for IoT applications, home automation, healthcare equipment, sports and fitness monitors, and other wearable smart devices; PRoC BLE, a cost-effective programmable radio-on-chip solution for wireless Human Interface Devices (HIDs), remote controls and other applications. Cypress will also demonstrate its new EZ-BLE PRoC module, which provides a complete Bluetooth Smart solution in a 10-mm x 10-mm x 1.8-mm form factor with Bluetooth 4.1 qualification and worldwide regulatory certification, greatly simplifying design and cutting time to market. The offerings are supported by the PSoC 4 BLE Pioneer Kit, an easy-to-use development board priced at under $50. The PSoC 4 BLE Pioneer Kit was recently the focal point of an IoT design contest co-sponsored by Cypress and Arrow Electronics. Cypress's PSoC 4 BLE solution integrates a Bluetooth Smart radio, a high-performance 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 core with ultra-low-power modes, programmable analog blocks, and Cypress's CapSense capacitive touch-sensing functionality into a single device. This combination of technology delivers unmatched system value for Bluetooth Smart products, with prolonged battery life, customizable sensing capabilities, and sleek, intuitive user interfaces. The solution also has an on-chip balun that simplifies antenna design while reducing board size and system cost. Designers looking to create Bluetooth Smart products currently must use software tools from multiple vendors and develop complex firmware to meet wireless specifications. Cypress has simplified the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol stack and profile configuration into a new royalty-free, GUI-based BLE Component -- a free embedded IC within PSoC represented by an icon -- that can be dragged and dropped into designs using Cypress's PSoC Creator integrated design environment (IDE). PSoC Creator enables complete system design in a single tool, slashing time-to-market. Alternatively, users of Eclipse and other ARM-based tools can customize their own Bluetooth Low Energy solutions on PSoC Creator and export the design to their preferred IDE.
EBV Elektronik Announces Extension of Franchise with Cypress Semiconductor
Apr 10 15
EBV Elektronik announced the extension of the franchise with Cypress Semiconductor. The new agreement is effective immediately. The extended agreement gives EBV Elektronik and its customers access to the entire portfolio of Cypress products including the Programmable Systems Division range of products featuring Cypress' PSoC families of devices. PSoC is the world's only programmable embedded system-on-chip integrating high-performance analog, PLD-based programmable logic, memory and a microcontroller on a single chip. It is a very flexible microcontroller with re-configurable analog and digital functionality allowing customers vey easily to integrate a large amount of analog and digital functionality into the PSoC device saving on both BOM costs and time to market. Overall PSoC comprises 4 families of devices, (PSoC1, Psoc 3, PSoC4, & PsoC5LP) and over 450 individual devices.
Vivo Electronics Corp. Selects Cypress's Touchscreen Controller for Y29 Smartphone
Apr 7 15
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation has announced that vivo Electronics Corp. has selected its TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen controller for its next-generation vivo Y29 smartphone. Cypress's TMA545 controller provides an easy-wake letter gesture feature that enables the user to wake the phone's screen from sleep-mode and open a common application by simply drawing a letter on the screen with a finger. The TrueTouch-powered touchscreen complements the vivo Y29 smartphone's features, which include a 13.0-megapixel camera that is ideal for taking pictures in dim light and Hi-Fi audio for pristine music playback. TrueTouch controllers bring the market's most accurate gloved finger tracking and most robust water tolerance to the phone, while contributing to its thin design and long battery life. The vivo Y29 is another strong example of TrueTouch bringing features and reliability to a top-of-the-line smartphone. This design win aligns with strategy to enable customers to differentiate their products in this competitive market. Electronic noise from displays and after-market chargers can disrupt a touchscreen's ability to operate properly. Cypress's ChargerArmor feature delivers unprecedented 40 volt peak-to-peak charger noise immunity measured from 1 to 500 kHz with an ultra-thin 0.5-mm cover lens and a finger-size up to 22 mm the most stringent specifications used to measure any touchscreen controller. No competing controllers deliver noise immunity over 15 Vpp under these conditions. With Cypress's unique and patented DualSense technology to execute both self-capacitance and mutual-capacitance measurements in the same device, TrueTouch controllers offer the industry's best waterproofing for seamless performance in real-world conditions, including the presence of rain, condensation, or sweat. By combining this powerful architecture with an 32-bit ARM Cortex M-Core processor that is known for high-efficiency MIPS/mW, TrueTouch controllers boast 120-Hz refresh rates and low power consumption. The controllers drive the touchscreen at 10V and at high frequency with narrow-band, single-pass scanning and advanced hardware DSP filtering.
Exablaze Selects Cypress's QDR-IV SRAM
Mar 20 15
Cypress's QDR-IV SRAM for its ExaLINK Fusion networking switch. The switch utilizes a modular design implemented using a Xilinx Ultrascale FPGA interfaced to a QDR-IV memory. The ExaLINK Fusion leverages Cypress's QDR-IV device running at 1066 MHz, which provides the Random Transaction Rate (RTR) of any memory on the market. RTR, the number of fully random memory accesses per second, is the critical memory performance metric for increased line card and switching rates. Leveraging the high RTR and low latency of Cypress QDR-IV SRAMs, the ExaLINK Fusion performs conventional layer 2 switching at 110 nanoseconds -- the industry's lowest latency, which represents a 2X to 3X improvement over the next best solution in the market. The platform uses two QDR-IV SRAMs per board for buffering and packet storage. QDR-IV SRAMs are the memory of choice for latency-sensitive applications within a variety of industries, including networking, FPGA-based trading platforms, high-performance computing and defense systems. The bottleneck for reaching increased line card rates is the processing of look-up tables, statistics and state counters stored in memory, as well as scheduling functions. QDR-IV devices deliver the RTR required to support these functions, enabling higher bandwidth and higher quality video streams. Cypress's QDR-IV SRAM is capable of operating in burst-of-two (High Performance) or banked burst-of-two (Xtreme Performance) modes, delivering the clock speeds and RTR of all QDR SRAMs The banked burst-of-two mode can be operated at a maximum frequency of 1,066 MHz with an RTR of 2,132 million transactions per second (MT/s), while the standard burst-of-two mode can be operated at a maximum frequency of 667 MHz and an RTR of 1,334 MT/s. Cypress offers QDR-IV SRAMs in 144- and 72-Mb densities. The 144-Mb CY7C41xxKV and 72-Mb CY7C40xxKV QDR-IV SRAMs are shipping in production quantities and are available in a 361-ball Flip Chip Ball Grid Array (FCBGA) package. QDR-IV SRAMs are the market's performance, standardized networking memories. QDR-IV was developed in the QDR consortium, whose members jointly define SRAM standards to enable multiple sources and supply stability.
Kyocera Selects Cypress's TrueTouch Capacitive Touchscreen Solution
Mar 18 15
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced that Kyocera has selected Cypress's TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen solution for its new, rugged DuraForce smartphone. The DuraForce is designed for active users to operate it in harsh environments where water, dust and other hazards are present. The Cypress-enabled, 4.5-inch touchscreen display allows users to make calls, check messages and email, take pictures and use other key features even if they are wearing thick gloves or the screen is wet. Kyocera chose Cypress's TrueTouch TMA445 controller for its ability to provide the touchscreen display with best-in-class tracking of fingers in gloves of various materials and thicknesses. The controller automatically switches between glove and finger tracking without requiring the user to switch settings. In addition, it provides water tolerance and immunity to electronic noise from aftermarket chargers and displays. TrueTouch features Cypress's patented DualSense(TM) technology that executes both self-capacitance and mutual-capacitance measurements in the same device. The result is the industry's best water rejection and wet finger tracking for seamless performance in real-world conditions, including the presence of rain, condensation or sweat. Additionally, DualSense technology delivers immunity to charger noise of up to 35V peak-to-peak (Vpp) from 1-500 kHz, with a 0.5-mm cover lens and a 9-mm-wide finger.