PSoC 4 BLE Programmable System-on-Chip and PRoC BLE Programmable Radio-on-Chip solutions from Cypress Semiconductor are now available in micro-ball Chip Scale Package (CSP), which can be used in secure credit card applications where Bluetooth Smart connectivity is required. 0.38-mm thick devices are suggested as replacement for chip-on-board devices.
These devices are also available with extended industrial temperature range option with operation from -40ºC to +105ºC for applications such as industrial, automotive and lighting. The micro-ball CSP package as well as extended industrial temperature options are available for the 128KB and 256KB flash versions of the PSoC 4 BLE and PRoC BLE solutions. The new offerings are pin-to-pin compatible with Cypress’s original Bluetooth Low Energy solutions, simplifying upgrades.
“Bluetooth Low Energy is quickly expanding its market reach and Cypress is continually innovating to address requirements for a diverse set of emerging applications,” said Eran Sandhaus, Vice President, Wireless Product Family at Cypress. “These new CSP and temperature options bring the ease-of-use, programmability and robust, low-power performance of our PSoC 4 BLE and PRoC BLE solutions to an even broader range of customers.”
Cypress' customizable Bluetooth Low Energy solutions suggested for IoT applications, home automation, wireless Human Interface Devices (HIDs), remote controls, healthcare equipment, sports and fitness monitors, and other wearable smart devices. PRoC BLE features CapSense capacitive touch-sensing functionality, while PSoC 4 BLE features intelligent analog and programmable digital blocks. Both solutions integrate a Bluetooth Smart radio, a high-performance 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 core with ultra-low-power modes, up to 256KB flash memory, 36 GPIOs, and customizable serial communication blocks, timers and counters. Additionally, both solutions have an on-chip balun that simplifies antenna design while reducing board size and system cost, explains Cypress.
The small-form-factor, Bluetooth Smart, EZ-BLE PRoC module integrates PRoC BLE, two crystals, an on-board chip antenna, metal shield and passive components, all in a compact 10-mm x 10-mm x 1.8-mm form factor. EZ-BLE PRoC module includes Bluetooth 4.1 qualification and worldwide regulatory certification helping to develop product faster.
Cypress also offers the $49 CY8CKIT-042-BLE Development Kit which includes a USB Bluetooth Low Energy dongle that pairs with the CySmart master emulation tool, converting a designer’s Windows PC into a Bluetooth Low Energy debug environment. Cypress also offers two production-ready, reference design kits (RDK) that enable customers to get to market faster: the CY5672 Remote Control RDK and the CY5682 Touch Mouse RDK.
Availability: The 128KB flash versions of the new PSoC 4 BLE and PRoC BLE solutions are sampling now.