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2019

Oh my stars, it has been a week since we released ModusToolbox 2.0! I thought I'd be getting some down time after the release but, as usual, things did not really go that way. Instead of taking a break we decided to give all the San Jose vice presidents a crash course in all things ModusToolbox. This was a group of sales guys, marketeers, and business unit managers, with not a single engineer among them... what could possibly go wrong?

Alan Hawse (who else!) was hosting the day but he missed his plane from Kentucky. We had no course materials. The kits we wanted to use for lab sessions arrived two days late. And, worst of all, we found that all VPs share one common skill - the ability to mess up software installations. It was a hectic day but, by the end of it all, these guys...

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... got our motley collection of non-programmers writing programs using every customer development flow that we could think of...

  • Mbed CLI
  • Mbed Online Compiler
  • Mbed Studio
  • ModusToolbox IDE
  • Visual Studio Code
  • And from the command-line

And we were not just building blinky. When you get a group of VPs at your mercy... it would be wrong not to torture them with a little C and C++ programming ("I wrote Pascal in college and waaa waaa waaa"). So we had them writing to TFT displays, connecting to Wi-Fi networks, polling NTP servers, and pulling all that together to create a PSoC-based alarm clock. In one day.

I think this is a testament to the design goal of ModusToolbox. We wanted to create a set of tools and libraries that are so flexible and interchangeable that we can support bare metal or RTOS-based applications; running in our own ecosystems or partner platforms like Mbed and Amazon FreeRTOS; using our IDE, a partner IDE, or no IDE at all; and building with the compiler of your choice. I think we crushed that objective, so 'Chapeau' to all the 226 engineers that have worked on the project!

Another good thing to come from that crazy day was that I now have a good set of starter projects and use cases that I can blog about and get everyone excited and up to speed with the new tools. Watch this space...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the weekend we released a major upgrade to ModusToolbox. The 2.0 software improves the development experience for PSoC 6 and Bluetooth SoC applications as well as being available in the Mbed OS and Amazon FreeRTOS ecosystems.

 

A big addition to all flows is the Cypress HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer), which is a device-agnostic driver API. It simplifies the code you write for simple peripheral operation and, best of all, allows us to build middleware libraries that can be used in any flow you choose... from deeply embedded industrial control all the way across to wireless IoT applications. With a standardized HAL, all Cypress middleware - the good stuff like CapSense, MagSense and Bluetooth - will work the same way, and just as reliably, on all of our devices and in all your ecosystems. Our middleware roadmap for 2020 is really exciting!

 

ModusToolbox 2.0 also completes our commitment to distributing firmware through the web. ALL firmware libraries, including examples, are hosted on github so we can push out updates as soon as they are ready. It also means you can have a good old-fashioned rummage around the source code without downloading gigabytes of development tools.

 

Oh yeah! That reminds me... our firmware is now completely IDE-agnostic so you can use whatever tools you like. We obsessively test our firmware on the Arm, IAR and GNU compiler tool chains and our build recipes require no proprietary format conversion or mysterious merge utilities.

 

Interested? Of course you are! Now get over here and do some downloading.