San Jose, Calif.Cypress Semiconductor Corp.'s latest version of its PSoC (Programmable System on Chip) Express development tool, 2.2, supports CapSense capacitive sensor technology that is designed to replace mechanical buttons and sliders in mobile handsets, portable media players as well as automotive electronics.
It also supports the company's WirelessUSB LP 2.4-GHz radio-on-a-chip.
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"This release enables the broad adoption of one of Cypress's premier programmable solutionsCapSense," said Geoff Charubin, managing director of Cypress's Global Marketing Group, in a statement. "This enables many new customers to quickly design an elegant CapSense user interface without having to learn a new programming language."
With Cypress' CapSense interface, a finger on the interface forms an electrical connection with embedded sensors, which work with the PSoC device to translate data about the finger's presence into various system control functions. The sensor itself is only a copper pad on the PCB, not an actual component. All of the circuitry for controlling the sensor is inside the PSoC device.
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PSoC Express, the development tool for PSoC mixed-signal arrays that are aimed at simplifying embedded design, allows system engineers to develop microcontroller-based designs without any Assembly language or C programming. By operating at a higher level of abstraction and not requiring firmware development, PSoC Express enables new designs to be created, simulated and programmed to the targeted PSoC device in hours or days instead of in weeks or months, according to Cypress.
PSoC Express is free and can be downloaded at www.cypress.com/getexpress.
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