SAN JOSE, Calif. -- (Business Wire)
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) and Nuvation Research Corp.
today announced the production release of a rapid-prototyping solution
that simplifies streaming video, images and other data from Altera FPGAs
to a host processor at speeds up to 400 Megabytes per second. This
solution includes a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 device interface board that
connects to Arrow Electronics’ BeMicro SDK (Software Development Kit),
the popular FPGA evaluation platform featuring an Altera Cyclone IV
FPGA. This new USB 3.0 expansion board enables BeMicro users to
prototype a simpler, uncompressed, cost-effective alternative to
traditional slower interfaces such as USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet.
Designed to provide a seamless link out of the box, the new interface
board from Cypress and Nuvation (a Cypress Platinum Design Partner) is
called BeUSB 3.0, and isavailable exclusively from Arrow
Electronics. Itutilizes Cypress’s programmable EZ-USB®
FX3™ USB 3.0 device controller to implement the SuperSpeed USB 3.0
standard. The interface board attaches to the BeMicro SDK and comes with
a standard cable to connect to a USB 3.0 PC host, which provides up to
900 mA for bus-power. This BeUSB 3.0 board is a great vehicle to start
development for systems needing high quality streaming video and
imaging, data acquisition systems, and other applications that require
FPGAs to interface with USB 3.0.
The EZ-USB FX3 peripheral controller on the BeUSB 3.0 expansion board is
equipped with Cypress’s second generation configurable General
Programmable Interface (GPIF™ II), capable of supporting data rates up
to 400 Megabytes per second (MBps). GPIF II enables FX3 to interface
directly with any processor, ASIC or FPGA by using the GPIF II
Designer™, a graphical user interface (GUI) tool. The easy-to-use GUI
helps system designers to configure the GPIF II interface to their needs
by selecting one of several popular interfaces such as asynchronous and
synchronous slave FIFO or, SRAM. They can also design their own
interface using an intuitive state machine canvas. The on-chip ARM9®
CPU core with 512KB RAM delivers 200 MIPS of computational power for
applications that require local data processing. FX3 provides highly
flexible and integrated features that enable developers to add USB 3.0
connectivity to any system. More information on EZ-USB FX3 is available
“We are glad to see a Cypress platinum design partner such as Nuvation
team with us and a global distribution leader such as Arrow Electronics
to help system designers meet their customers’ growing bandwidth
requirements with an easy-to-use SuperSpeed USB 3.0 solution,” said Mark
Fu, Senior Marketing Director of Cypress’s SuperSpeed USB Business Unit.
“The BeUSB 3.0 interface card will enable Altera FPGA and BeMicro users
to expedite designs by providing a seamless connection between FX3 and
“Arrow Electronics is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with
Cypress to take the FX3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 solution to the marketplace.
The Cypress solution will open new markets for both companies and
provide customers with leading-edge technology required to solve their
various video-, imaging- and data-transfer requirements. We are also
glad to see Nuvation, a premier member of the Arrow Consulting
Engineering Services (ACES) program, be a part of this effort," said
David West, vice president of supplier marketing and asset management
for Arrow Electronics.
More information on the BeUSB 3.0 board is available at http://arrownac.com/CypressFX3.
This board is used in conjunction with the BeMicro SDK board and both
boards can be purchased from Arrow Electronics. A free web-based seminar
about USB 3.0 and the new BeUSB 3.0 board will be hosted by Arrow
Electronics and EE Times on June 27 at 11 a.m. PST. Registration
information is available at http://seminar2.techonline.com/s/arrow_jun2712.
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
and PSoC 5 programmable system-on-chip families and derivatives, CapSense®
touch sensing and TrueTouch® solutions for touchscreens.
Cypress is the world leader in USB controllers, including the
high-performance West Bridge® solution that enhances
connectivity and performance in multimedia handsets, PCs and tablets.
Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM memories. Cypress serves
numerous 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 www.cypress.com.
Cypress and the Cypress logo, EZ-USB, PSoC, PowerPSoC, CapSense,
TrueTouch and West Bridge are registered trademarks of Cypress
Cypress Public Relations
Don Parkman, 408-943-4885
Source: Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
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