Cypress Introduces Pioneer Node Reference Design for LonWorks Control Networks

11/1/2002 - Cypress Semiconductor introduced the Programmable Input Output Neuron Node (Pioneer NodeTM) reference design. The CY5301 reference design combines Cypress’s Neuron® chip, an intelligent control communications processor for LonWorks® control networks, with Cypress MicroSystems’ Programmable System on ChipTM (PSoCTM) technology to simplify development of LonWorks nodes for building automation, industrial control, transportation, and utility applications.

The Pioneer Node reference design includes I/O companion chips that the developer can custom program through a simple Neuron application programming interface. The CY5301 offers a lower systems cost solution by eliminating discrete components typically implemented on the Neuron chip for analog/digital functionality and expanded input/output (I/O) capabilities The reference design includes a control-loop feature that enables the node to retain its last setting if it becomes disconnected from the network.

"The Pioneer Node reference design simplifies the process of developing complex actuators and sensors," said Carl Brasek, product marketing manager for Cypress’s Control Communications Business Unit. "It offers a two-chip embedded solution that provides designers increased I/O capabilities—beyond the 34 I/O modes offered by the Neuron chip—along with analog and digital capabilities required for complex control required for building and industrial automation systems."

About Neuron Chips
Neuron chips provide the logic for LonWorks networks, an open, interoperable control networking standard widely used in building automation, industrial control, transportation, and utility automation controllers. Each Neuron device contains three 8-bit CPUs, on-board memory, 11 general-purpose I/O pins, and a complete, interoperable implementation of the ANSI/EIA 709.1-A-1999 Control Network Protocol.

The CY7C53120E4 Neuron Chip operates at 40 MHz, twice the speed of existing standard controllers. This device meets the requirements of time-critical applications, such as embedded Internet systems that remotely monitor and control electrical devices through online connections. The CY7C53120E4 controller integrates 4 KBytes of on-board EEPROM, enabling designers to cost-effectively implement it in large, complex systems.

About the PSoC Family
The first family of PSoC microcontrollers integrates an 8-bit CPU, 8 to 16 KBytes of flash memory, SRAM, and programmable arrays of analog and digital system functions (known as PSoC blocks) in low-cost, small-footprint packages. By selecting a PSoC microcontroller with the desired combination of memory, PSoC blocks and pins, designers have a device they can configure to any application. PSoC reduces costs by eliminating external chips and simplifying system design.

Price and Availability
The Pioneer Node reference design (CY5301) will sample in early Q1’03 with production quantities available in late Q1’03 and pricing starting at $495.

About Cypress
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.

Cypress and the Cypress logo are registered trademarks of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. "Connectivity from Last Mile to First Mile," "Cypress Connects," and Pioneer Node are trademarks of Cypress. Programmable System on Chip and PSoC are trademarks of Cypress MicroSystems. Neuron Chip and LonWorks are registered trademarks of Echelon Corporation in the US and other countries.

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