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Cypress’s New Bluetooth Low Energy Solutions Earn Bluetooth 4.1 Qualification

PSoC® 4 BLE Simplifies Design of Sensor-Based Systems and Wearables;
PRoC™ BLE Simplifies Design of Human Interface Devices, Remote Controls and Toys

San Jose, CA – WEBWIRE

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: CY) today announced its new highly integrated, single-chip Bluetooth® Low Energy solutions have achieved Bluetooth qualification. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group awarded specification 4.1 qualification to Cypress’s Link Layer component, Bluetooth Low Energy protocol stack and radio frequency physical layer (RF Phy) used in the PSoC® 4 BLE Programmable System-on-Chip and PRoC™ BLE Programmable Radio-on-Chip solutions. Additionally, the solutions’ chip-scale packages (CSP) and quad-flat no-lead (QFN) packages earned Bluetooth 4.1 qualification.

Bluetooth 4.1 is designed to coexist with cellular technologies such as LTE and deliver better connections and improved data transfer, enabling developers to create innovative Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Customers designing with Cypress’s Bluetooth Low Energy solutions can apply to add the Bluetooth logo on their products by referring to Cypress’s qualification identification numbers.

“Achieving Bluetooth 4.1 qualification is a major milestone for our Bluetooth Low Energy product roadmap,” said Jayant Somani, senior director of Bluetooth Low Energy products at Cypress. “PSoC 4 BLE and PRoC BLE are easy to use, and Bluetooth 4.1 qualification further enables customers to complete their end-product designs and get to market quickly.”

The Cypress Bluetooth Low Energy solutions enable complete systems by  integrating a Bluetooth Smart radio, a high-performance 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M0 core with ultra-low-power modes, programmable analog blocks, and Cypress’s industry-leading CapSense® capacitive touch-sensing functionality. This combination of technology delivers unmatched system value for Bluetooth Smart products, with prolonged battery life, customizable sensing capabilities, and sleek, intuitive user interfaces. PSoC 4 BLE delivers unprecedented ease-of-use and integration in a customizable solution for IoT applications, home automation, healthcare equipment, sports and fitness monitors, and other wearable smart devices. PRoC BLE provides a cost-effective turnkey solution for wireless Human Interface Devices (HIDs), remote controls and applications requiring simple wireless connectivity. The solutions also have an on-chip balun that simplifies antenna design while reducing board size and system cost.

Designers looking to create Bluetooth Smart products currently must use software tools from multiple vendors and develop complex firmware to meet wireless specifications. Cypress has simplified the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol stack and profile configuration into a new royalty-free, GUI-based BLE Component—a free embedded IC within PSoC represented by an icon—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, slashing time-to-market. Alternatively, users of Eclipse® and other ARM-based tools can customize their own Bluetooth Low Energy solutions on PSoC Creator and export the design to their preferred IDE.

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. Cypress provides additional design support with multiple development kits and with FCC-certified BLE Modules. The $49 CY8CKIT-042-BLE Development Kit gives users easy access to the Cypress Bluetooth Low Energy devices, while maintaining the design footprint from the 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.

About Cypress
Cypress delivers high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and exceptional system value. Cypress offerings include the flagship PSoC 1, PSoC 3, PSoC 4 and PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip families. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense touch sensing, TrueTouch® touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories. Cypress serves numerous major markets, including consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military. Cypress trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol CY. Visit Cypress online at

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