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By Rich Handley

Cypress Semiconductor Offers Software Suite to Accelerate IoT Product Designs

Cypress Semiconductor, a provider of embedded solutions, has announced a unified software tool suite built to streamline product designs for the Internet of Things (IoT). The ModusToolbox suite offers the design resources of Cypress's Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) IoT connectivity libraries, along with the analog and digital peripherals libraries of its PSoC microcontrollers, within open-source Eclipse Integrated Design Environments.

The software enables IoT developers to design in connectivity, processing, sensing and security functionalities, leveraging Cypress's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and combination solutions, as well as its low-power and secure PSoC MCUs. Developers can personalize their user experience in the software to meet the requirements of their specific development with plug-ins, libraries and solutions from Cypress's partners, as well as from the open-source community.

"The Internet of Things cuts across a diverse range of markets and applications—from smart factory automation equipment to connected toothbrushes—but these smart products all share common, basic building blocks: connectivity, processing, sensing and security," said Sudhir Gopalswamy, the senior VP of Cypress Semiconductor's Microcontrollers and Connectivity Division, in a prepared statement. "Cypress' ModusToolbox provides a single, easy-to-use software suite that enables our customers to integrate these building blocks while leveraging the differentiating features of Cypress' industry-leading IoT connectivity and MCU solutions. ModusToolbox gives developers the familiar design experience of Eclipse IDEs and the flexibility to choose partners from Cypress' IoT ecosystem that fit the specific needs of their designs."

WICED is an integrated, interoperable wireless software development kit supported in ModusToolbox. The SDK includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth protocol stacks, as well as application programming interface (API) technologies. The WICED SDK supports Cypress's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo solutions and its Bluetooth and BLE devices. The firm's wireless connectivity solutions integrate a coexistence engine that enables dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi and dual-mode Bluetooth/BLE 5.0 applications simultaneously.

ModusToolbox supports Cypress's PSoC 6 MCU, which is purpose-built for the IoT. PSoC 6 leverages ultra-low-power 40-nanometer process technology, low-power design techniques, a dual-core Arm Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M0+ architecture, and configurable analog and digital resources.

A Peripheral Driver Library (PDL) enables developers to expand the ultra-low-power, dual-core PSoC 6 architecture to extend battery life and provide efficient processing capacity, according to the company. The library includes proximity- and touch-sensing solutions based on Cypress's CapSense capacitive-sensing technology. ModusToolbox also enables developers to protect sensitive data in their applications with the PSoC 6 MCU's hardware-based security features, such as its isolated execution environment, integrated secure element functionality and crypto-accelerators.

Cypress's new PSoC 6 Wi-Fi Pioneer Kit works with ModusToolbox's unified design flow to improve design cycle times for IoT device applications. The kit features a PSoC 62 MCU and a module based on Cypress's CYW4343W Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combo chip. With the PSoC 6 MCU's low-power, secure processing and its internal digital and analog resources, the kit allows IoT developers to implement wireless connectivity to support cloud ecosystem providers, and also enables a longer battery life and small form factors.

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