CY8CKIT-040 is PSOC 4 based (PSoC 4000) whereas CY8CKIT-050 is PSoC 5LP based. PSoC 4 has a newer CapSense IP that includes advanced features and better sensing algorithm. Therefore, we recommend using the 040 over the 050 kit.
For CapSense applications, we recommend using PSoC 4000S (CY8CKIT-145-40XX), PSoC 4100S (CY8CKIT-041-41XX) or PSoC 4100S Plus (CY8CKIT-149) devices as they have the latest CapSense IP. Do let us know if it is possible to use these devices for your design.
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Thanks for response.
The CY8CKIT-149 looks promising, however it might be a bit difficult as i usually previously liked to use jumper wires on keypads to plug into the I/O ports on the CY8CKIT-040 previously.
The main downside with the CY8CKIT-040 i found was the I/O ports for plugging sometimes did not have enough available and in some cases i had to cross wires as they would always end up in different places.
I am assuming i can break of the side boards and solder a right angle 2.54mm female pin header on the sides is that correct?
Speaking with a client of mine yesterday and he said he has used CY3280 MBR3.
When i looked it up it uses capsense but could not see if it had PSoC at all.
Does this mean it would be easier or harder to use?
"I am assuming i can break of the side boards and solder a right angle 2.54mm female pin header on the sides is that correct?"
-> Yes. You can break off the side boards.
Regarding MBR devices, they are not programmable devices like PSoC. MBR is intended for CapSense applications only and can be configured using I2C to include the required number of CapSense sensors (maximum 16 sensors). The CapSense component is also tuned by SmartSense (Cypress' auto tuning algorithm) and does not provide any manual control. So, there is strict constraints on sensor design and the maximum Cp (Parasitic capacitance) cannot exceed 45pF.
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