SAN JOSE, Calif., June 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) announced the availability of two reference design kits (RDKs) based on its PRoC™ BLE Programmable Radio-on-Chip solution for Bluetooth Smart applications. The new CY5672 PRoC BLE Remote Control RDK and CY5682 PRoC BLE Touch Mouse RDK provide feature-rich, production-ready implementations with prolonged battery life. The kits leverage Cypress's single-chip PRoC BLE solution, which includes a Bluetooth Smart radio, a high-performance 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M0 core with ultra-low-power modes, and Cypress's industry-leading CapSense® capacitive touch-sensing and TrueTouch® touchscreen functionality. Customers can develop and test their designs with Cypress's easy-to-use GUI-based PSoC Creator™ integrated design environment (IDE) and CySmart™ BLE emulation tool.
Cypress is demonstrating both reference designs at the Computex 2015 trade show from June 2-6 at booth N1213 in the Nangang Hall 4F at the World Trade Center inTaipei, Taiwan.
"Wide adoption, long battery life and fast connection times make Bluetooth Low Energy the best choice for remote control, mouse and other HID applications," saidJayant Somani, senior director of Bluetooth Low Energy products at Cypress. "With each of these two new reference design kits, Cypress is providing our customers with a complete, production-ready system design to quickly bring a Bluetooth Smart product to market."
The CY5672 PRoC BLE Remote Control RDK supports a 2-inch trackpad to detect touch gestures and integrates a microphone to capture and stream voice input for voice recognition applications. The reference design also integrates a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope for motion control applications. The feature-rich reference design provides more than one year of battery life and a range of more than 30 feet. The RDK reduces bill-of-material costs by 40% compared to competitive designs.
The CY5682 PRoC BLE Touch Mouse RDK is interoperable with all major operating systems, including Windows 8.1, MacOS, Android and Chrome. The reference design includes buttons which map to common user interface shortcuts for Windows® 8 and 8.1, and it supports Microsoft® touch gestures. The touch mouse provides more than one year of battery life.
Cypress provides all the required firmware in PSoC Creator for development, manufacturing and certification tests with these reference designs. The kits also include a USB dongle to emulate a Bluetooth Low Energy host.
The CY5672 PRoC BLE Remote Control RDK and the CY5682 PRoC BLE Touch Mouse RDK are each available now for $49.
About Cypress's Bluetooth Low Energy Solutions
Cypress's highly integrated, single-chip Bluetooth® Low Energy solutions includes two product families. The PSoC® 4 BLE Programmable System-on-Chip delivers unprecedented ease-of-use and integration in a customizable solution for IoT applications, home automation, healthcare equipment, sports and fitness monitors, and other wearable smart devices. The PRoC BLE programmable-radio-on-chip provides a cost-effective turnkey solution for wireless HIDs, remote controls and applications requiring simple wireless connectivity. The solutions deliver unmatched system value for Bluetooth Smart products, with prolonged battery life, customizable sensing capabilities, and sleek, intuitive user interfaces. Additionally, Cypress offers the small-form-factor EZ-BLE™ PRoC™ module, which includes Bluetooth 4.1 qualification and worldwide regulatory certification, greatly simplifying design and cutting time to market. Cypress is the single supplier for silicon, software, firmware and module hardware, streamlining the customer support required to develop wireless applications.
Designers looking to create Bluetooth Smart products must often use software tools from multiple vendors and develop complex firmware to meet wireless specifications. Cypress has abstracted the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol stack and profile configuration into a royalty-free, GUI-based BLE component that can be dragged and dropped into designs using PSoC Creator, which enables complete system design in a single tool. Alternatively, users of Eclipse® and other ARM-based tools can customize their own Bluetooth Low Energy solutions on PSoC Creator and export the design to their preferred IDE.
Cypress provides additional design support with multiple development kits, including the $49 CY8CKIT-042-BLE Development Kit, which gives users easy access to the Cypress Bluetooth Low Energy devices, while maintaining the design footprint from the popular PSoC 4 Pioneer kit. The development kit includes a USB Bluetooth Low Energy dongle that pairs with the CySmart master emulation tool to convert a Windows PC into a Bluetooth Low Energy debug environment.
Why It Matters
Traditional Bluetooth has suffered from limited range, unreliable connectivity, and heavy battery consumption. Cypress' product could change previous constraints, important in a world eager to adopt Bluetooth across myriad platforms.
SOURCE: Cypress Semiconductor Corp.