Cypress Semiconductor's EZ-BLE PsoC Bluetooth Smart Module integrates programmable analog and digital blocks in a fully-certified low energy device. Based on Cypress’s PSoC 4 BLE with an ARM Cortex-M0 core, the small-form-factor module integrates all of the building blocks of a sensor-based system, along with CapSense capacitive touch-sensing functionality, two crystals, an on-board trace antenna, metal shield and passive components, all in a compact 10 x 10 x 1.8 mm form factor. Custom AFEs can be created for sensor interfaces using programmable analog blocks such as opamps, comparators, ADCs and DACs. Digital logic can be integrated with the programmable digital blocks, which include TCPWMs, SCB and UDB. The programmable architecture enables run-time reconfiguration of blocks and reduces power consumption for battery-operated applications by offloading CPU tasks to the UDBs.
The BLE Pioneer Development Kit, available for $49, gives access to the Bluetooth Low Energy devices while maintaining the design footprint from the previous PSoC 4 Pioneer kit. The EZ-BLE PSoC Evaluation Board, which plugs into the development kit, is also available. Fully-certified in U.S., Canada, Europe, Korea and Japan, the Bluetooth 4.1-qualified EZ-BLE PSoC module is now in production.