Cypress Unveils PSoC 6, the Industry’s Lowest Power, Most Flexible MCU Architecture, Setting a New Standard for Battery-powered, Secure IoT Devices
Game-changing MCU Architecture Delivers a Dual-Core Processing Platform that Seamlessly Integrates Critical, Hardware-Based Security and Connectivity for the IoT
EMBEDDED WORLD, NUREMBERG, Germany, March 13, 2017—Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today announced PSoC® 6, its newest microcontroller (MCU) architecture that is purpose-built for the Internet of Things (IoT). The architecture is built on ultra-low-power 40-nm process technology and delivers the industry’s lowest power and most flexible solution, with integrated security features required for next-generation IoT devices. The architecture fills a gap in the IoT solution space between power-hungry and higher-cost application processors and performance-challenged, single-core MCUs. The dual-core ARM® Cortex®-M4 and Cortex®-M0+ architecture lets designers optimize for power and performance simultaneously. PSoC 6 enables engineers to uniquely create innovative, next-generation IoT devices leveraging the unique PSoC fabric with its easy-to-use, software-defined peripherals. More information on the PSoC 6 MCU architecture and access to the PSoC 6 Early Adopter Community is available at https://www.cypress.com/PSoC6.
“As the leader in wireless solutions for the IoT, we saw first-hand that our customers need a better processing solution that balances performance and power, while implementing critical security functions for connected devices,” said Hassane El-Khoury, President and CEO at Cypress. “Our PSoC 6 MCU architecture is purpose-built to solve these problems, marking a significant addition to our broad embedded systems solution portfolio for the IoT.”
Setting a New, Industry-leading, Ultra-Low-Power Benchmark
Cypress’ proprietary ultra-low-power 40-nm SONOS process technology enables the PSoC 6 MCU architecture to feature industry-leading power consumption with 22 µA/MHz and 15 µA/MHz of active power on the ARM Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M0+ cores, respectively. With dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS), the PSoC 6 MCU architecture offers both performance- and power-critical processing capability. The dual-core architecture enables power-optimized system design where the auxiliary core can be used as an offload engine for power efficiency, allowing the main core to sleep.
Raising the Bar for IoT Security with a Trusted Solution
The PSoC 6 MCU architecture provides a hardware-based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) with secure boot capability and integrated secure data storage to protect firmware, applications and secure assets such as cryptographic keys. PSoC 6 implements a broad set of industry-standard symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic algorithms, including Elliptical-Curve Cryptography (ECC), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and Secure Hash Algorithms (SHA 1,2,3) in an integrated hardware coprocessor designed to offload compute-intensive tasks. The architecture supports multiple, simultaneous secure environments without the need for external memories or secure elements, and offers scalable secure memory for multiple, independent user-defined security policies.
“Every connected device represents a potential network vulnerability. With billions of potential vulnerabilities, security is paramount and the need to design in security at the lowest level in an IoT device is more important than ever,” said John Weil, vice president of the MCU Business Unit at Cypress. “We built PSoC 6 to enable our customers to protect their products from cyber-attacks while at the same time empowering them to create new, innovative IoT devices leveraging the flexible and easy-to-use PSoC architecture.”
Enabling New, Innovative IoT Devices with Intuitive Software Support
Offering best-in-class flexibility and ease-of-use, the PSoC 6 MCU architecture can serve as the catalyst for differentiated, visionary IoT devices. Software-defined peripherals can be used to create custom analog front-ends (AFEs) or digital interfaces for innovative system components such as electronic-ink displays. The architecture offers flexible wireless connectivity options, including fully integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 5.0. The PSoC 6 MCU architecture features the latest generation of Cypress’ industry-leading CapSense® capacitive-sensing technology, enabling modern touch and gesture-based interfaces that are robust and reliable. The architecture is supported by Cypress’ PSoC Creator™ Integrated Design Environment (IDE) and the expansive ARM ecosystem.
Cypress at Embedded World 2017
Cypress, the leader in wireless solutions for the IoT, is demonstrating its full portfolio of IoT solutions for automotive, consumer and industrial markets here at the Embedded World trade show in hall 4A, stand 148 of the Nuremberg Exhibition Center from March 14-16.
PSoC 6 silicon, kits and software are currently sampling to select customers. More information is available via the PSoC 6 Early Adopter Program by registering at https://www.cypress.com/PSoC6. Full production is expected early in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Founded in 1982, Cypress is the leader in advanced embedded system solutions for the world’s most innovative automotive, industrial, home automation and appliances, consumer electronics and medical products. Cypress’ programmable systems-on-chip, general-purpose microcontrollers, analog ICs, wireless and USB-based connectivity solutions and reliable, high-performance memories help engineers design differentiated products and get them to market first. Cypress is committed to providing customers with the best support and engineering resources on the planet enabling innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers to disrupt markets and create new product categories in record time. To learn more, go to www.cypress.com.
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