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Max The Magnificent   6/5/2012 7:16:16 PM
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antedeluvian   6/5/2012 7:14:45 PM
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This just in! I have it on reliable authority that there will soon be a PSoC4 (ARM M0) and a PSoC7 (with a super duper ARM)

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antedeluvian   5/31/2012 4:08:52 PM
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As with all things, I suspect the reality of the numbering system is hidden in how things actually happen. PSoC1 parts are numbered CY8C2xxx, PSoC3- CY8C3xxx and PSoC5- CY8C5xxx. There were earlier devices and I suspect there was originally an unreleased CY8C1xxx, but the PSoC (now called PSoC1) made it to the market internally known as PSoC2. When the next version (with the 8051) came to market I remeber some confusion as to how it would be termed and I think it became 3 consistent with its numbering system. I recall at some point (I have been using PSoC since ~2002) there were rumours of another PSoC device (perhaps a better 8-bit core) and followed by the ARM. I expect the PSoC4 met its demise before release.

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Max The Magnificent   5/31/2012 2:12:05 PM
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Again you are correct -- what a strange numbering system...

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Max The Magnificent   5/31/2012 2:11:36 PM
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Now I come to think about it I think you are right -- it was the interrupt stuff that stuck in my mind because that can be the part that is really difficult to port

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antedeluvian   5/31/2012 12:38:37 AM
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"one thing I really liked was that the interrupt structure is the same for both chips/families ... that makes it so much easier to migrate your C code from one to the other" Actually I am given to understand that the whole configurable structure (which is considerable) is identical between PSoc3 and 5, with the exception of the A/D converters, which have a higher conversion rate in the PSoC5. So there is little difference in porting any C code.

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antedeluvian   5/31/2012 12:33:07 AM
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Not to nit pick, but the PSoC (the "1"was added with the arrival of the bigger brothers) is a proprietary micro core. The PSoC3 (no "2") is the 8051 and PSoC5 (no "3") is the ARM Cortex M3.

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Max The Magnificent   5/29/2012 7:25:16 PM
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If you haven;t already done so, it would be great if you became a member of www.AllProgrammablePlanet.com and shared your thoughts over there also...

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Max The Magnificent   5/29/2012 7:03:44 PM
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I agree that the Cypress chips are really great for a lot of tasks. I'm not sure about the PSoC 1, but the PSoC 2 and PSoC 3 are the ones with the 8051 and ARM microcontrollers -- one thing I really liked was that the interrupt structure is the same for both chips/families ... that makes it so much easier to migrate your C code from one to the other. In addition to the MCUs, the PSoC devices have some programmable analog (probably the most sophisticated currently available) and programmabel digital (I recall thsi as being not so large and sophisticated ... more like CPLD fabric than FPGA fabric, but I may be wrong)

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RAMA   5/29/2012 6:02:45 PM
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Those guys who would like to make use of Gate Arrays along with microcontrollers should try the PSOC 1,PSOC 2,PSOC 3 from cypress semiconductors. Very educative and has 8051 core and ARM cortex .

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