Cypress Semiconductor has introduced a highly integrated Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) Programmable Systemon-Chip (PSoC) which simplifies the design of low-power, sensor-based systems for the Internet of Things.
The PSoC® 4 BLE integrates a Bluetooth Smart radio, a 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M0 core with low-power modes, programmable analogue blocks, and Cypress’s proven CapSense® capacitive touch-sense controller. PSoC 4 BLE also integrates an on-chip balun which simplifies antenna design while reducing board size and system cost.
This enables the creation of Bluetooth Smart products that benefit from long battery life, customisable sensing capabilities, and a sleek, intuitive user interface.
In addition, Cypress provides a streamlined development environment that helps to accelerate the process of integrating Bluetooth Low Energy capability into end-product designs. Cypress has simplified the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol stack and profile configuration into a new royalty-free, GUI-based ‘BLE Component’. This is an embedded IC within PSoC represented by an icon which can be dragged and dropped into designs using Cypress’s PSoC Creator™ Integrated Design Environment (IDE).
Alternatively, users of Eclipse® or other ARM-based tools can customise their own Bluetooth Low Energy solutions on PSoC Creator and export the design to their preferred IDE.
The Cypress Bluetooth Low Energy solutions also contain programmable CapSense™ touch-sensing interfaces with built-in two-finger gestures, benefitting from Cypress’s SmartSense™ Auto-tuning algorithm. This completely eliminates the requirement for manual touch-system tuning.
Application details for Cypress’s BLE Component are embedded in PSoC Creator with examples of all supported Bluetooth Low Energy profiles and hundreds of example projects for mixed-signal system designs.
- Home automation
- Healthcare equipment
- Sports and fitness monitors
- Wearable devices
- Up to 128kbytes of Flash and 16kbytes of SRAM
- Bluetooth Smart radio: -92dBm Receive sensitivity, up to +3dBm Transmit power
- Four op amps
- 12-bit, 1Msamples/s ADC
- Two low-power comparators
- 1.3μA Deep Sleep current
- 150nA Hibernate current
- 60nA Stop current