Cypress Expands PSoC 4 Portfolio of Flexible 32-Bit ARM Cortex-M0 Solutions to Replace Legacy 8-Bit and 16-Bit Platforms

NUREMBERG, GERMANY -- (Marketwired) -- Feb 24, 2015 -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today introduced a new product family from its PSoC® 4 programmable system-on-chip architecture. The new PSoC 4 M-Series expands the acclaimed PSoC 4 architecture by delivering: more programmable analog and digital blocks, 128KB flash memory, a direct memory access controller, dual control area network (CAN) interfaces and 55 general purpose I/Os with the 32-bit ARM®-Cortex®-M0 core -- making it a natural fit to replace existing 8- and 16-bit applications. Additionally, these devices extend the design flexibility of the PSoC architecture to a wide range of sensor-based systems in home appliance, automotive and system management control applications.

"Our PSoC 4 portfolio enables customers to replace their 8- and 16-bit MCU-based products and seamlessly migrate to a 32-bit ARM platform for as low as 25-cents," said John Weil, vice president of PSoC marketing at Cypress. "Our new PSoC 4 M-Series expands the PSoC 4 portfolio and now enables designers to create even more custom interfaces and analog front ends to add differentiation, functionality and performance to their products and create world-class, innovative solutions."

The PSoC 4 M-Series delivers 16 programmable digital blocks including eight timer/counter/PWM blocks, four serial communication blocks and four Universal Digital Blocks -- Cypress's programmable digital blocks containing two programmable logic devices, a programmable data path and status and control registers. The programmable digital blocks can implement coprocessors to offload compute-intensive tasks from the included ARM Cortex-M0 core, which traditionally were only available in 8- and 16-bit platforms. Further, the blocks enable engineers to create emerging or custom serial communication interfaces in the available programmable hardware, such as support for Pulse-Density Modulation microphones and the USB Type-C configuration channel protocol, which typically required new silicon platforms from traditional microcontroller (MCU) vendors.

The PSoC 4 M-Series delivers 12 programmable analog blocks including four highly configurable opamps, four current-output digital-to-analog converters (IDACs), two low-power comparators, a 12-bit SAR ADC and a CapSense® capacitive touch-sensing block. The programmable analog blocks enable engineers to create on-chip, custom analog front ends to support new end-product features like sensors for wearable devices without increasing product costs, size or power consumption. Cypress's industry-leading CapSense capacitive touch-sensing technology enables engineers to add sophisticated user interfaces with advanced features like proximity sensing and water tolerance.

The scalable PSoC 4 architecture is complemented by the easy-to-use PSoC Creator™ Integrated Design Environment (IDE), which simplifies system design and accelerates time-to-market by enabling concurrent hardware and firmware design, and PSoC Components -- free embedded ICs represented by an icon in the IDE. Together they enable rapid prototyping of end applications while minimizing PCB spins and firmware changes that are typically required.

PSoC 4 M-Series is built on the low-power PSoC 4 architecture and offers five low-power modes to minimize system power consumption. It supports a low leakage retention power mode, using only 150nA while retaining SRAM, programmable logic and the ability to wake up from an interrupt. It also offers a best-in-class non-retention stop mode down to 20nA with a GPIO wakeup capability.

Cypress is demonstrating the PSoC 4 M-Series, along with its PSoC, Bluetooth Low Energy, USB Type-C, 4-PLL clock generator, automotive and memory solutions at the Embedded World 2015 exhibition in booth number 259, located in Hall 5, at the Nuremberg Messe.

PSoC 4 M-Series Development Kit
The $25 CY8CKIT-044 PSoC 4 M-Series Pioneer Kit is a highly expandable development kit that enables engineers to evaluate and create unique designs with a PSoC 4 M-Series device. It includes Arduino™ Shield, Digilent® Pmod™ and Raspberry Pi compatible connectors, enabling customers to pick from a variety of third-party expansion boards to accelerate prototyping and time-to-market.

The PSoC 4 M-Series is currently sampling with production expected in the second quarter of 2015. Parts will be available in 48-pin TQFP, 64-pin TQFP and 68-pin QFN packages from Cypress and its authorized distributors.

About PSoC
PSoC solutions bring the flash-based equivalent of a field-programmable ASIC to embedded designs without lead-time or NRE penalties. PSoC integrates configurable analog and digital circuits with an on-chip microcontroller, reducing component count and simplifying revisions. A single PSoC device can integrate as many as 100 peripheral functions, accelerating cycle time and improving quality while reducing board space, power consumption, and system cost.

PSoC "future-proofs" designs, protecting them against last-minute specifications changes. It enables firmware-based changes at any point in the design cycle -- even out in the field. All PSoC devices are dynamically reconfigurable, enabling designers to transform resources on-the-fly and to execute tasks with fewer ICs. For more information, please visit Free online training is available at

About CapSense
Cypress has shipped more than one billion CapSense touch-sensing controllers, which have replaced over five billion mechanical buttons in mobile handsets, laptops, consumer electronics, white goods, automotive applications, and virtually any system that has a mechanical button or switch, making Cypress the industry touch-sensing leader. The CapSense portfolio, the industry's broadest and most integrated, enhances industrial design and reliability with the most noise-immune and water tolerant capacitive touch-sensing interfaces, including proximity sensing where direct touch is not required. CapSense proximity sensing can provide power savings by activating an interface only when needed while further enhancing industrial designs by only exposing interfaces when necessary. Learn more about CapSense online at

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About Cypress
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense touch sensing, TrueTouch® touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories. Cypress serves numerous major markets, including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

Cypress, the Cypress logo, PSoC, CapSense and TrueTouch are registered trademarks and PSoC Creator is a trademark of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. All other trademarks are property of their owners.

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