Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Cypress provides design path to IoT

Steve Rogerson
April 8, 2020

Cypress Semiconductor has unveiled devices that it says give IoT developers a simplified path to build high-quality, secure and reliable IoT products.
Under the brand IoT-AdvantEdge, the range includes connectivity devices, microcontrollers, software, tools, support and capabilities from ecosystem partners to slash development complexity by solving critical IoT product design problems.
With IoT-AdvantEdge, companies can overcome the challenges of wireless connectivity, device and cloud security, power consumption, device management and maintenance, component integration, consumer ease-of-use, human-machine interfaces, and platform monetisation, to bring secure products to market.
“Building intelligent, connected products for the IoT edge is challenging,” said Hassane El-Khoury, president and CEO of California-based Cypress. “Getting wireless and embedded systems to work together and dealing with issues like security, cloud integration and power management can be time-consuming and expensive. The problem solvers at Cypress have taken on this challenge and expanded our solutions to help our customers bring high-quality, secure and reliable products to market faster. IoT-AdvantEdge simplifies the development process, bringing together the essential building blocks of the IoT through powerful software and hardware combinations.”
Cypress has a portfolio of microcontrollers, wifi, Bluetooth and BLE devices that work in concert to support a broad range of IoT product requirements from battery-operated cameras to healthcare products. It integrates security and communication technologies and is used in many IoT products.
Software is fundamental to building high-quality, secure and reliable products, and Cypress’ software is built for the IoT. Its ModusToolbox development toolchain simplifies the development of wifi, Bluetooth and BLE IoT products with RTOS system MCUs such as the PSoC family. ModusToolbox includes middleware empowering companies to connect their products to cloud-software platforms or to proprietary cloud services on public or private cloud infrastructure. In addition, Cypress’ open-source contributions into the Linux kernel are one of the reasons its wifi and Bluetooth products are broadly used by IoT developers.
Tools and support are critical to address the challenges of IoT product design. Cypress’ tools – including low-power assistant, multi-radio smart coexistence, secure authentication and over-the-air updates –reduce the time and cost required to bring products to market. Cypress subsidiary Cirrent provides IoT Network Intelligence (INI), a cloud-based analytics platform that delivers insights into connectivity, networking and other product-performance parameters for fleets of products in the field.
Building IoT products often requires capabilities from a ecosystem of suppliers. Cypress pre-integrates capabilities from a range of partners – including cloud service providers, application-specific semiconductor products and applications developers – to help companies bring their IoT products to market faster.
As part of the launch of IoT-AdvantEdge, Cypress announced several IoT products and resources, including expansions to the PSoC 6 MCU family with two more memory configurations for the PSoC 62 and PSoC 64 Secure MCU lines. Also introduced is a dual-core M4F/M0+ platform with 2Mbyte flash and 1Mbyte SRAM, and an MCU with 512kbyte flash and 256kbyte SRAM.
Development kits include low-power products that help designers tackle the challenges of complex connectivity, secure provisioning, secure firmware management and cloud security. These integrations are powered with ModusToolbox software and validated for AWS IoT Core and Pelion cloud applications, easing development of home automation and portable consumer devices.
ModusToolbox combines Cypress’ secure compute and connectivity expertise in a common software tool, making it easier for IoT developers to bring products to market and to support them through the lifecycle. Version 2.1 expands its cloud support beyond AWS IoT Core and Pelion to include support for those that have built their own cloud backends. In addition, it now supports five IDEs so developers can use the environment of their choice.
The Cypress online community offers discussion forums, technical blogs and a resource library for visitors around the globe. The community also helps customers, developers and partners connect with their peers and access resources.
“We are driven to make IoT technology ubiquitous, with Cypress in every IoT device,” El-Khoury said. “IoT-AdvantEdge reflects our commitment towards achieving that goal.”