Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) PSoC Express(TM) 3.0 delivers real-time monitoring and tuning of designs. PSoC Express is a visual embedded system design tool for PSoC(R) mixed-signal arrays. The tool enables designers to observe and improve the performance of designs with Cypress’s CapSense(TM) touch sensing and EZ-Color(TM) High-Brightness LED (HB-LED) control solutions.
Designers can now monitor application data via an I2C to USB bridge connected to a target board. PSoC Express acquires and logs the data and enables users to select variables, set sample rates, and watch updated variable values in real time. Then, with the target board still running, the tuner allows users to adjust configurations and tune system performance.
In addition to the new monitoring and tuning functionality, PSoC Express 3.0 also boasts a new user interface with the look and feel of Microsoft’s Visual Studio. It enables flexible window docking, drag and drop placement of drivers and easy window switching. The new version also includes new functional drivers, including support for high-brightness LEDs, a new wireless driver and an LCD driver.
PSoC Express is the first easy-to-use development tool that allows system engineers to develop microcontroller-based designs without any Assembly language or C programming. By operating at a higher level of abstraction and not requiring firmware development, PSoC Express enables new designs to be created, simulated and programmed to the targeted PSoC device in hours or days instead of in weeks or months. With built-in support for portability, seamless multi-processing, design visualization and a rich content library, designs can be created faster and with higher reliability using PSoC Express.
With PSoC Express, designers work within their areas of application expertise, defining a custom solution by choosing input and output devices from a catalog, and then logically linking them to define system behavior. For example, a user can select temperature sensors, voltage inputs, fans, LEDs, and then define temperature regions for fan operation, voltage monitor thresholds and “sequence-on” logic. Within PSoC Express the designer is able to verify designs through simulation, then generate and download the device-programming file. The tool allows users to target the design to any of Cypress’s PSoC devices. It also creates customized project documentation including a datasheet with register map, interface schematics, and bill of materials. Without writing any microcontroller code, designers implement reliable, custom applications faster than they can write the requirements.
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