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Beyond the Arduino, Programmable System on Chip

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Cypress is going to be providing pizza at 11:30! Come 1/2 hour early to partake, enjoy and chat.

Please remember to bring your Pioneer Kits (if bringing your own) and Windows-based laptop with PSoC Creator installed.

PSoC kits were anticipated to be $30 after tax and shipping, however we were able to mail-order without getting taxed, and shipping fees were minimal, so the price is $25 after all.

After the workshop, there will be time for show-n-tell. Please bring your latest project!

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Our very own local Cypress Semiconductor has done something very interesting. They took their PSoC 4 part and put it on a board that is Arduino Shield compatible.

You might ask, why not just use an Arduino? Well the Arduino is somewhat limited in a number of ways. For example, most Arduinos are limited to 8 bit architecture and a 16 MHz clock. That's fine if you want to blink LEDs and read a temperature sensor. But as we push into more demanding things, speed and resolution start to matter a lot more.

For our more resource-hungry Makers, you may salivate at:
32 bit ARM Cortex M0
48 MHz clock
36 GPIOs
2 Serial communication blocks (I2C, SPI, UART, USB)
4 Universal digital blocks (counter, CRC, debouncer, filter, PWM, quad decode, shift reg, timers, etc)
For very low power applications (when you want the battery to last a year)

For me, the most exciting part are the 6 serial/digital custom blocks. These blocks sometimes eliminate a massive amount of code and complexity. Instead of busting your brains against wheels which have already been invented, you can focus on what's really important... your current make!

Cypress has a useful project going on, 100 projects in 100 days. As of this writing, there are 73 / 100 posted. There is likely to be something relevant to your project if you consider using this dev kit.

  http://www.element14.com/community/thread/23736#Projects Released

The folks at Cypress have generously offered to teach KingMakers how to use this little dev platform. The kits are only $30 (that's cheaper than an Uno).

This will be a class-room style meet-up, and will be hands-on with your laptop and the dev kit. We will place a bulk order on Sept 9 for kits. Please prepay $30 using Dwolla.com (and email [masked]), or bring cash.

Come join us, you'll be chomping at the bit to use it in a new project!

-Dan

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  • Gagan L.

    Everyone, thanks for coming out to Cypress and learning about PSoC at our workshop! I hope you enjoyed visiting us and picked up useful skills for your next project =)

    I wanted to inform you about our recently launched "PSoC 4 Smarter Life Design Challenge". This challenge is open to all, aiming to create intelligent systems for our homes/offices/cars to make our lives simpler, fun & SMARTER!

    Design ideas are up to your imagination, and we'll reward the best with plenty of exciting prizes including an all-expenses paid trip to Embedded World '14 in Germany. Other prizes include $1500 vouchers to element14 to buy any hardware/software that you'd like.

    You can enroll for free, all you have to do is submit your idea: www.element14.com/SmarterLife

    Enrollment for this contest closes October 14th, 2013.

    Winners will be announced in January, 2014 (we're giving you plenty of time to complete your projects).

    I really hope to have a local Seattle winner representing the maker community! =)

    1 · October 3, 2013

    • Gagan L.

      absolutely, we're looking forward to setting up another workshop in the oct/nov timeframe. Watch this space for updates!

      October 3, 2013

    • Polymorph

      Looking forward to it!

      October 3, 2013

  • Michael C. M.

    I can't seem to get 5v ADC to work?

    September 23, 2013

    • Dan T.

      Hey Michael, Perhaps there will be something useful in the "100 projects" area. http://www.element14....­

      Specifically, project 17 uses the ADC. Maybe looking over that example will help you find some missed configuration detail or some-such.
      http://www.element14....­

      1 · September 24, 2013

  • Larry

    The training session was excellent. Thanks to the organizers and the people from Cypress for making this program available.

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Scott

    Loved the session! The PSoC seems very interesting and useful.

    September 22, 2013

  • Michael C. M.

    I enjoyed the talk and will definitely be porting my Arduino project over.

    September 22, 2013

  • Warren D.

    I enjoyed it and learned a lot. It has changed the direction of at least two of my projects.

    September 22, 2013

  • Polymorph

    I can't make it after all. I would still want one, Dan, if you are coming down this way.

    September 22, 2013

  • Scott

    Still have kits, please?
    Will there be wireless Internet access?

    September 21, 2013

    • Dan T.

      Yes there are still sufficient kits for everyone!

      Yes Cypress has WiFi which we can use during the workshop.

      September 22, 2013

  • Mark H.

    I was really looking forward to this one, but I can't meet on Sundays. I'll have to pass. Unless you really did mean 11:30pm to 3:00am. In which case I would totally show up. Ha ha.

    September 20, 2013

  • Polymorph

    Anyone else coming up from Olympia/Lacey? I'm driving my van, for a few bucks in gas I'll take rideshares.

    September 19, 2013

  • Ken K.

    Hi, I missed this the first go round. Is it too late to order one?

    September 16, 2013

    • Dan T.

      No, it's not too late. We still have several more.

      September 16, 2013

    • Polymorph

      OK, I'm bringing cash, if you have any left.

      September 19, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Is there a plan for the arduino class to follow up on the basic blinking light stuff? As soon as I start to add components and really get out on my own, the code starts to need a lot of . . .well. . .code, that I don't know yet. I would love to see the next level explaining common abbreviations and more detail on what this code is doing even when I just grab a pre-made chunk, and especially when I have to know what to put there for myself.
    Entry level PWM, simple switches, stuff like that. The arduino site gives sample code for some of it, but doesn't explain what the code means, making it difficult to modify.
    thanks for all the classes, I'm glad you are willing to spend so much time on us!

    August 22, 2013

    • Margaret

      There is a great site with tutorials and the guy has written a book: http://http://tronixs...­

      August 23, 2013

    • Dan T.

      Yes Mark, I do want to continue the class. I am thinking a "Beginner 2 Arduino Programming" class. Some of the things you mention would be perfect for that.

      August 25, 2013

  • Michael C. M.

    I don't have an account on Dwolla, am I correct that I can just bring the cash on the day of the event?

    August 25, 2013

    • Dan T.

      Yes bringing cash the day of works just fine. I actually prefer cash, but I offer Dwolla for those who want to use a card to pay, and Dwolla has a flat $0.25 rate instead of the more exhorbitant rate that other card processors want to jack us with. (no, I'm not bitter...)

      August 25, 2013

  • Polymorph

    So frustrating! I'd really like to go, but I have to work on my house. Trying to get my lab and my workshop up and running.

    I will check out the 100 Projects in 100 Days.

    August 23, 2013

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