10/4/2002 - Cypress MicroSystems recognized electronics engineers who submitted distinctive embedded system designs to the PSoC Design Challenge 2002. Sponsored by Circuit Cellar magazine, the contest challenged designers to develop innovative electronics applications based on Cypress MicroSystems’ Programmable System on ChipTM (PSoCTM) technology, which enables designers to configure a flash-based mixed signal array into a low-cost, single-chip system.
The editors of Circuit Cellar evaluated designs from around the world, based upon their originality, architectural elegance and quality of design. Submissions ranged from simple consumer applications to complex industrial control systems, demonstrating the power and versatility of PSoC devices.
"The PSoC device is one of those rare breakthrough products with the potential to revolutionize the embedded market," said George Saul, president and CEO of Cypress MicroSystems. "The PSoC Design Challenge provided the opportunity for independent designers and small electronics firms to embrace this new architecture, and we applaud all participants for the quality, creativity and variety of their designs."
In addition to awards for the top three entries (which were previously announced), bonus awards were given to designs that stretched the conventional limits of MCU-based applications or best utilized the unique features and capabilities of the PSoC architecture. These awards include:
"Each year, Circuit Cellar sponsors contests that challenge electronics engineers to showcase their design skills using new system architectures," said Steve Ciarcia, editorial director and publisher of Circuit Cellar "The PSoC Design Challenge was one of the most successful contests to date, with a multitude of design entries running the gamut between proven and leading-edge technologies. This kind of response is a testament to the utility of PSoC devices in virtually any application."
Ten designs were also awarded as honorable mentions, including:
About the PSoC Family
The PSoC IC is a reconfigurable mixed signal array with an on-board controller. The PSoC device family integrates a fast 8-bit CPU, 8 to 16 Kbytes of Flash memory, 256 bytes of SRAM, and programmable blocks of analog and digital logic. This provides designers with a flexible architecture that can be configured for a broad range of embedded applications and dynamically reconfigured to extend the capabilities and value of the device. PSoC devices speed design time and lower bill of material (BOM) costs by an average of $5, by eliminating the number of chips required for solutions utilizing a traditional microcontroller and discrete digital and analog components.
About Cypress MicroSystems
Headquartered in Bothell, Wash., Cypress MicroSystems develops and markets Programmable System on Chip (PSoC) devices – high-performance, dynamically reconfigurable ICs for high-volume embedded control functions in computer, communications, consumer and control applications. Established as a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) in the fourth quarter of 1999, Cypress MicroSystems’ stockholders are its employees and Cypress Semiconductor. The close association with Cypress Semiconductor allows access to their process and design technology, and field sales and applications forces.
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: CY) is Connecting From Last Mile to First MileTM with high-performance solutions for personal, network access, enterprise, metro switch, and core communications-system applications. Cypress ConnectsTM using wireless, wireline, digital, and optical transmission standards, including Bluetooth, USB, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and DWDM. Leveraging its process and system-level expertise, Cypress makes industry-leading physical layer devices, framers, and network search engines, along with a broad portfolio of high-bandwidth memories, timing technology solutions, and programmable microcontrollers.
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