Engineers can now pre-order the Cypress Semiconductor PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit from element14. Combined with the free PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE), the expandable kit enables engineers to create unique designs powered by the PSoC 4 Programmable System-on-Chip. It gives embedded engineers the power of an ARM Cortex-M0 processor combined with the flexibility of the programmable analogue and digital fabric of the PSoC architecture.
The PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit is highly expandable. It includes Arduino Shield and Digilent Pmod compatible connectors, enabling customers to pick from a variety of third-party expansion boards. The new kit also includes a CapSense slider, an RGB LED, a user button and more. In addition, an onboard PSoC 5LP device serves as the programmer and debugger, eliminating the need for external programmers.

Said John Weil, senior director of PSoC Marketing and Applications for Cypress. “This new PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit is the perfect development platform for this architecture because it provides tremendous functionality at a low price. We’re very pleased to partner with element14 and their entire development community in introducing and enabling pre-orders for this exciting new kit.”

The scalable PSoC 4 architecture offers flexibility, analogue performance and integration, along with access to over 50 PSoC Components—“virtual chips ” represented by icons in Cypress’s PSoC Creator IDE. The new PSoC 4 architecture will challenge proprietary 8-bit and 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs), along with other 32-bit devices. Cypress plans to announce the availability of new PSoC 4 families in the first half of 2013 and the PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit by the end of April 2013.

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