Cypress Semiconductor President and CEO T.J. Rodgers has been gushing lately over his company's new PSoC Creator integrated development environment, calling it a breakthrough that will change the way customers design with the company's PSoC devices by enabling hardware configuration and software development in a single tool.
Rodgers revealed in a recent interview that PSoC Creater is heavily based on Cypress's Warp VHDL development software, a holdover from the days when Cypress was a significant player in the CPLD business. According to Rodgers, Warp was always given high marks by users versus competitors' offerings.
When the team at Cypress was strategizing how to provide customers with a more powerful, intuitive development environment, someone hit on the idea of bringing back the old Warp software and adding some additional functionality, such as analog capability. The results drew rave reviews from Rodgers and others.
"I'd like to say that there was some grand vision, but really that was it," Rodgers said.
It goes to show that in technology you should never throw anything away. It could always come in handy down the road.