SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 14, 2015 – Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today introduced a Bluetooth® Smart module that provides an end-to-end Bluetooth Low Energy solution. The new, small-form-factor EZ-BLE™ PRoC™ module—based on Cypress’s PRoC BLE Programmable Radio-on-Chip solution—includes Bluetooth 4.1 qualification and worldwide regulatory certification, greatly simplifying design and cutting time to market. Cypress is the single supplier for silicon, software, firmware and module hardware, streamlining the customer support required to develop remote controls, health and fitness equipment, home appliances, toys and other wireless applications.
The EZ-BLE PRoC module integrates the programmability and ARM® Cortex®-M0 core of PRoC BLE, two crystals, an on-board chip antenna, metal shield and passive components, all in a compact 10-mm x 10-mm x 1.8-mm form factor. Customers designing with the module can apply to add the Bluetooth logo on their products by referring to Cypress’s Qualification Design Identification (QDID) 67366, a unique serial number assigned by the Bluetooth SIG. Additionally, the module is compliant to wireless regulatory standards in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Korea and Europe. The module saves customer approximately $200,000 in development, testing and certification costs. Cypress is demonstrating the module at the Bluetooth World trade show here at the Santa Clara Convention Center in booth number 01 from April 14-16.
“Cypress’s EZ-BLE PRoC module leverages our innovative PRoC BLE IC and the success of our proven module portfolio,” said Dave Solda, Director of the Module Business Unit at Cypress. “Cypress has world-class, cost-efficient manufacturing capabilities for both silicon and modules, positioning us well for a long-term play in the Bluetooth Smart market.”
Designers looking to create Bluetooth Smart products must often use software tools from multiple vendors and develop complex firmware to meet wireless specifications. Cypress has abstracted the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol stack and profile configuration into a royalty-free, GUI-based BLE component that can be dragged and dropped into designs using Cypress’s PSoC® Creator™ integrated design environment (IDE). PSoC Creator enables complete system design in a single tool.
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. The $49 BLE Pioneer Development Kit gives users easy access to the Cypress Bluetooth Low Energy devices, while maintaining the design footprint from the popular PSoC 4 Pioneer kit. The development kit includes a USB Bluetooth Low Energy dongle that pairs with the CySmart master emulation tool, converting a designer’s Windows® PC into a Bluetooth Low Energy debug environment. The EZ-BLE PRoC module can be quickly and easily evaluated with the EZ-BLE PRoC Module Evaluation Board, which plugs into the BLE Pioneer Development Kit.
The EZ-BLE PRoC module is currently sampling with production expected in May 2015. The module is available in a 21-pad SMT that includes the shield and is ideal for space-constrained applications.
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Cypress (NASDAQ: CY) delivers high-performance, high-quality solutions at the heart of today’s most advanced embedded systems, from automotive, industrial and networking platforms to highly interactive consumer and mobile devices. With a broad, differentiated product portfolio that includes NOR flash memories, F-RAM™ and SRAM, Traveo™ microcontrollers, the industry’s only PSoC® programmable system-on-chip solutions, analog and PMIC Power Management ICs, CapSense® capacitive touch-sensing controllers, and Bluetooth® Low-Energy and USB connectivity solutions, Cypress is committed to providing its customers worldwide with consistent innovation, best-in-class support and exceptional system value. To learn more, go to www.cypress.com.