Programmable analog coprocessor takes many sensor inputs

June 14, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Cypress Semiconductor's latest PSoC programmable system-on-chip, the PSoC Analog Coprocessor, simplifies the design of next-generation industrial, home appliance and consumer systems that require multiple sensors.

Many IoT applications require multiple sensors and can benefit from dedicated coprocessors that offload sensor processing from the host and reduce overall system power consumption. The new chip integrates programmable analog blocks, including a new Universal Analog Block (UAB), which can be configured with GUI-based software components. This combination simplifies the design of custom analog front ends for 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 PSoC Analog Coprocessor 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. Based on a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0+, the PSoC Analog Coprocessor comes in a 3.7x2.0mm chip-scale package option.
The PSoC Analog Coprocessor is currently sampling with production expected in the fourth quarter of 2016. Parts will be available in 45-pin CSP, 28-pin SSOP, 48-pin QFN and 48-pin TQFP packages from Cypress and its authorized distributors.

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