Delivered through a PSoC Creator™ 2.0 “Component Pack,” New Peripheral Functions for Existing PSoC 3 and PSoC 5 Devices Are Available For Free, Today
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 28, 2012 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) has released an extension to its revolutionary PSoC Creator™ Integrated Design Environment (IDE) for the PSoC® 3 and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip families. Known as a “Component Pack,” the update includes new functions for Power Monitoring and Fan Control. Customers can easily “drag and drop” these functions into existing PSoC devices to realize new capabilities within their designs.
Components are “virtual” chips represented by an icon in Cypress’s PSoC Creator software that are dragged and dropped into a design. Each component is fully tested and characterized to accelerate time-to-market for customers. Cypress releases Component Packs that provide new components as well as upgrades to existing components approximately every eight weeks. A Component Pack updates an existing PSoC Creator installation while keeping the core functionality of the design environment unchanged.
Component Pack 3 adds a new Power Monitor component that simplifies voltage and current measurements on power rails. Up to 32 DC power rails can be monitored using a PSoC 3 device at 0.5% accuracy. The Power Monitor component simplifies the complex configuration of the ADC, clock frequencies, resolutions and ranges by abstracting the underlying analog front end and firmware code into a simple graphical user interface (GUI). System designers enter voltage and current ranges into this GUI, click the “build” button and can start measuring power rails within minutes on the PSoC Power Management Expansion Board Kit (CY8CKIT-035).
The new Fan Controller component provides the capability to independently control up to 16 industry standard 3-wire and 4-wire brushless DC fans through a simple GUI tool. The Fan Controller component generates Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) outputs for fan speed control and accepts variable-frequency tachometer inputs from the fans to enable measurement of fan rotational speeds. This component also comes with advanced fan control algorithms that reduce fan noise and regulate fan speeds even as airflow and fan loads vary which can be prototyped and developed using the PSoC Thermal Management Expansion Board Kit (CY8CKIT-036).
These new components enable highly reliable, hardware-based solutions for the telecommunications, server and storage markets where reliability is critical. A detailed datasheet and video is available for each of these components on Cypress’s website. Details for the Fan Control component are at http://www.cypress.com/go/comp_FanController and for the Power Monitor component at http://www.cypress.com/go/comp_PowerMonitor.
Further details on the two kits available to prototype, evaluate and develop these Power and Thermal Management solutions are available online at http://www.cypress.com/go/CY8CKIT-035 or http://www.cypress.com/go/CY8CKIT-036.
“With the easy-to-use graphical interface in PSoC Creator, customers can quickly customize a power monitoring and thermal management design that meets their unique system requirements all in one integrated device,” said Jim Davis, Sr. Product Marketing Manager for Cypress.