Cypress' PSoC 63 MCU gets into new IoT development platform

January 23, 2019 //By Julien Happich
Cypress' PSoC 63 MCU gets into new IoT development platform
Electronics components distributor Future Electronics packed together a new hardware and software platform for the rapid development of secure, connected and IoT devices, based on Cypress’ latest PSoC 6 device.

Dubbed Sequana, the platform includes a main controller board and a sensor daughterboard for measurement of indoor pollutants, humidity, and visible and infrared light. Created by Future Electronics' Centre of Excellence for embedded engineering in Gdansk, Poland in collaboration with Cypress Semiconductor and Arm, the new development platform is the first to feature a Cypress PSoC 6 MCU running the Arm Mbed operating system for IoT devices. The dual-core architecture of the PSoC 6 supports power-optimised partitioning between the PSoC 63's ultra-low power Arm Cortex-M0+ core and its high-performance Cortex-M4 core. The Mbed software is an open-source real-time OS for IoT devices, and includes drivers and security, storage and networking functions.
At the heart of the Sequana main board is a PSoC 63 MCU module, which includes an on-chip Bluetooth 5.0 radio. The module includes an antenna and RF peripherals, and is supplied with FCC, CE and Bluetooth certificates. The PSoC 63 offers the ability for customers to use three levels of hardware-based isolation to construct their secure application. It offers integrated secure element functionality, including hardware-accelerated cryptographic functions such as AES, 3DES, RSA, ECC and SHA. In Sequana, reference examples of these capabilities are provided by the Mbed OS's support for partition management, cryptography and Transport Layer Security (TLS) for authentication and confidentiality.

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