PSoC Creator System Requirements and Recommendations

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    Question: What are the minimum system requirements for PSoC Creator and how is tool performance impacted on RAM-limited PCs?



    The following are system requirements to install and use PSoC Creator 2.0. Each requirement specifies a hard minimum that your system must meet or exceed.

    PSoC Creator will execute correctly in highly resource-constrained systems but performance (startup time, project creation and opening, build times and so on) is naturally impacted when resources are scarce. The most directly impacted performance metric is build time and examples of the impact of resource scarcity are given for this below.

    Note: When it starts up for the first time PSoC Creator builds and caches component DLL files that are used to display the component parameter editors. As a result the tool will launch slowly the first time after installation, or a Windows reboot, but this is not indicative of a problem or a long-term performance degradation.



    An Intel Pentium 4 (or compatible), or higher, is required.

    The minimum processor speed is 1 GHz.

    PSoC Creator exhibits a predictable relationship between CPU speed and build time above 1 GHz. Doubling the CPU speed, e.g. from 1 GHz to 2 GHz or 1.5 GHz to 3 GHz, almost halves the build time.

    On a fast (3 GHz) PC simple designs can build in about a minute. At low speeds even designs that fill the device and generate complex routing solutions will build in under 5 minutes.


    Operating System

    One of the following Windows platforms is required:

    Windows XP SP2 or SP3

    Windows Vista (32- and 64-bit supported) and SP1

    Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit supported) and SP1

    MacOS v10 with Parallels Desktop v6 running Windows XP SP3



    A minimum of 512 MB of RAM is required but 1 GB is recommended.

    Note: Cypress does extensive performance testing on every PSoC Creator release. The minimum RAM configuration used in these tests is 1 GB. No guarantees of system performance are given below 1 GB.
    With no other applications running, the minimum system configuration will ensure that the tool launches quickly, creates and opens projects in a few seconds, and responds to user input without feeling sluggish.
    System RAM has the most direct impact on PSoC Creator build times. The following chart shows how insufficient RAM (i.e. below 512MB) causes an excessive increase in build time, even for “empty” designs.
    The graph shows that performance is heavily degraded below the threshold where memory paging is required but extra memory above that level does not generate a significant improvement.

    Build Time Graph


    Free disk space

    PSoC Creator requires 2 GB of free disk space.

    PSoC Creator will install and run with just 1 GB of free disk space but, in order to allow Windows to do memory paging, we also require at least as much free disk space as you have RAM in your system, resulting in a minimum free disk space requirement of 2 GB.

    If your disk is highly fragmented it will severely impact memory paging time and can result in very long build times. Disks that are nearly full are particularly prone to fragmentation. We recommend de-fragmenting your disk If you experience excessively long build times (10 minutes or more).



    PSoC Creator requires a USB 2.0-compliant host to program and debug.



    A resolution of 1024x768 pixels or higher is required.

    Note: The build time examples given above were obtained with new product installations on minimally fragmented disks with no other applications running. If your build times exceed these expectations we recommend closing unnecessary applications, adding RAM to the system (to reduce paging) and ensuring that there is sufficient free and un-fragmented disk space.