MCUs target deployment in IoT applications

8th November 2018
Mick Elliott

PSoC 6 microcontrollers from Cypress Semiconductor are in stock at RS Components. Ideal for secure and battery-powered IoT devices, the MCU family targets deployment in a wide range of IoT applications, including the industrial IoT, smart home equipment, home appliances and portable medical devices.

The PSoC 6 MCU family architecture is based around an ultra-low-power 40nm process technology and dual-core Arm Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M0+ processors, which enables engineers to optimise their solutions for performance and power consumption.

In addition, the MCUs offer easy-to-use software-defined peripherals and the integrated security features required for use in IoT devices.

Key features of the family are memory capacities of up to 1MB Flash and 288KB SRAM, Bluetooth Low Energy 5.0 connectivity, and Cypress’ CapSense capacitive-sensing technology for robust and reliable touch- and gesture-based device interfaces.

Additionally, and crucially for next-generation secure IoT devices, the architecture delivers a hardware-based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) with secure boot capability and data storage to protect firmware, applications and other secure assets.

The MCUs implement a wide range of industry-standard cryptographic algorithms, including ECC, AES and SHA 1,2,3, all within an integrated hardware coprocessor.

Other features of the family include: PDM-PCM interface and Quad-SPI interfaces; full-speed USB connectivity; plus nine serial-communication blocks, seven programmable analogue blocks and 56 programmable digital blocks.

RS offers a full suite of the accompanying development kits, which allow design engineers to develop prototypes featuring the MCUs.

The PSoC 6 WiFi-BT Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-062-WIFI-BT) is a low-cost hardware platform that enables design and debug of the PSoC 62 MCU and the Murata LBEE5KL1DX module (based on Cypress’ CYW4343 combo chip).

The CY8CKIT-062-BLE PSoC 6 Pioneer Kit targets IoT designers. It is a general-purpose PSoC 6 kit with the PSoC 63 MCU w/ BLE 5.0 compliance.

The Clicker 2 for PSoC 6 Development Board contains a PSoC 63 MCU w/ BLE 5.0 compliance and simplifies interfacing with the Click platform.

At electronica in Munich (13-16 November) RS will be showcasing a typical application of PSoC 6 MCUs in the “for the inspired” area of its stand (Hall C5, Stand 147).

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