Low-power MCUs extend battery life to a weeks-worth of work

10th January 2022
Mick Elliott

Distributor Digi-Key is now shipping Cypress Semiconductor’s ultra-low-power PSoC 6 family of microcontrollers (MCUs).

The MCUs feature low-power design techniques to extend battery life for battery-powered applications up to an entire week.

The dual-core Arm Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M0+ architecture let designers optimise for power and performance simultaneously.

Using its dual cores combined with configurable memory and peripheral protection units, the PSoC 6 MCU delivers the highest level of protection defined by the Platform Security Architecture (PSA) from Arm.

Designers can use the MCU’s rich analogue and digital peripherals to create custom analogue front-ends (AFEs) or digital interfaces for innovative system components such as MEMS sensors, electronic-ink displays.

The MCU features the latest generation of CapSense capacitive-sensing technology, enabling modern touch and gesture-based interfaces that are robust and reliable.

PSoC 6 MCU, paired with Infineon’s AIROC Wi-Fi, AIROC Bluetooth, or AIROC combos radio modules, suits secure, low-power, feature-rich IoT products.

There are a variety of on-chip peripherals including CAN-FD, USB-FS, CapSense, Segment LCD, I²C/SPI/UART, and timer/counter/PWM.

The MCU integrates a pre-established root-of-trust, isolated processing environments, and secure bootloader that enable secure boot, secure firmware updates, remote attestation, and secure provisioning.

ModusToolbox software can be used to develop embedded applications, ready to use code examples, and development kits.

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