Analog hacks: sense the world for the Cypress/Hackster design contest

October 03, 2016 // By Julien Happich
The "Sensing the World Challenge" jointly launched by Cypress Semiconductor and Hackster is a global design competition based around Cypress' CY8CKIT-048 PSoC Analog Coprocessor Pioneer Kit.

Using this development hardware platform, designers are encouraged to come up with creative ways to sense the analogue world and propose useful applications. Hackster will select a winner from three regions—the Americas, Asia Pacific and Australia, and Europe and Africa—and each will receive an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and development kit.

Initial proposals for the Sensing the World Challenge will be accepted through 11:55 p.m. Pacific Time on October 30, 2016, and 100 entries will be selected to receive the PSoC Analog Coprocessor Pioneer Kit to create a prototype of their idea.

Projects will be due by 11:55 p.m. Pacific Time on January 8, 2017 and the regional winners will be announced on January 18.

The PSoC Analog Coprocessor integrates efficient and powerful signal processing with an ARM Cortex M0+ core and programmable analog blocks, including a new Universal Analog Block (UAB) that can be configured with GUI-based software components. This combination simplifies the design of custom analog front ends for multiple sensor interfaces by allowing engineers to update sensor features quickly with no hardware or host processor software changes, while also reducing BOM costs.

For example, in home automation applications, engineers can easily configure the device to continuously monitor multiple sensors, such as temperature, humidity, ambient light, motion and sound, allowing the host to stay in a standby low-power mode. Future design changes to support new sensor types can also be easily implemented by reconfiguring the programmable analog blocks. More information on the PSoC Analog Coprocessor is available at www.cypress.com/PSoCAnalog.
Designers can sign up and find more information at www.hackster.io/contests/cypress-sensing-the-world-contest.
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