Cypress: CY8CKIT-042 PSoC4 Pioneer Kit based on ARM® Cortex™-M0 PSoC 4200 device Family

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The Most Flexible, ARM® Cortex™-M0 based Low-Cost PSoC® Development Kit

The PSoC®4 Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-042) is an easy-to-use and inexpensive development platform enabling you to create unique designs with the flexibility of PSoC 4. Featuring a member of the PSoC 4200 family, this kit gives you the power of an ARM® Cortex™-M0 combined with the fully customizable analog and digital fabric of the PSoC in the palm of your hands.


The PSoC 4 architecture offers power leakage of 150 nA while retaining SRAM memory, programmable logic, and the ability to wake up from an interrupt. In stop mode, it consumes only 20 nA while maintaining wake-up capability. It has the widest operating voltage range of any Cortex-M0-based device, enabling full analog and digital operation from 1.71V to 5.5V. It also enhances Cypress’s CapSense capacitive-touch sensing technology by offering significant leadership in noise immunity. In addition to capacitive sensing, PSoC 4 targets field-oriented control (FOC) motor control, temperature sensing, security access, portable medical, and many other applications.


Infinitely Expandable

The PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit includes connectors for Arduino™ compatible shields and Digilent® Pmod™ daughter cards, enabling you to pick from a variety of third party expansion boards. The board also features a CapSense® Slider, an RGB LED, a push button switch, and more!


Designed for Low Power

The PSoC 4 architecture supports an extremely low-leakage hibernate mode consuming only 150 nA. It features a best-in-class 20 nA stop mode, eliminating the need for external power circuitry for sleep and wake-up control. While in active mode, it provides fully functional analog capabilities from 1.71 – 5.5 V.

Development Tools


An onboard PSoC 5LP device serves as the programmer and debugger, eliminating the need for external programmers.


Interface through the USB connector to talk to your PC over SWD, USB-UART or USB-I2C. With PSoC Creator™ you can design your system, write firmware, and step-through code using the built-in debugger.


PSoC Creator: A state-of-the-art, easy-to-use IDE that introduces a game-changing hardware and software co-design environment based on classical schematic entry – a revolutionary embedded design.

With PSoC Creator, you can:

  • Create and share user-defined, custom peripherals using hierarchical schematic design and Verilog entry
  • Automatically place and route selected components and integrate simple glue logic normally residing in discrete muxes or 22V10s
  • Trade-off hardware and software design considerations allowing you to focus on what matters: getting to market fast


PSoC Creator also allows you to tap into an entire tools ecosystem with integrated compiler tool chains, RTOS solutions and top production programmers to support PSoC 3, PSoC 5 and PSoC 5LP.


PSoC Programmer: PSoC Programmer is a flexible, integrated programming application for programming PSoC devices. PSoC Programmer can be used with PSoC Designer and PSoC Creator to program any design onto a PSoC device. PSoC Programmer supports all PSoC 1, 3, and 5 devices.


It provides you a COM interface layer to design your own debug applications, with included examples in C, C#, Perl, and Python.


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Technical Documents

Learning Center
Type Description
Quick Start GuideCypress: Quick Start Guide for CY8CKIT-042 PSoC® 4 Pioneer Kit
User GuideCypress: User Guide for CY8CKIT-042 PSoC® 4 Pioneer Kit
Product BriefCypress PSoC4 Architecture Overview
DatasheetCypress: Datasheet for PSoC® 4 PSoC 4200 Family
DatasheetCypress: Datasheet for PSoC® 4: PSoC 4100 Family
Reference ManualCypress: Technical Reference Manual for PSoC 4100/4200 Family
Application NoteCypress: Application Note (AN86233) for PSoC® 4 Low-Power Modes and Power Reduction Techniques
Application NoteCypress: Application Note (AN79953) for Getting Started with PSoC® 4
User GuideCypress: User Guide for PSoC® 4 CapSense® Design
Design Elements
Type Description
SchematicsCypress: Schematics for CY8CKIT-042 PSoC® 4 Pioneer Kit
BOMCypress: Bill of Material (BOM) for CY8CKIT-042 PSoC® 4 Pioneer Kit
Sample ProjectCypress: Sample Project to Get Started with PSoC® 4
Sample ProjectCypress: Sample Project to Demonstrate Low-Power Modes of PSoC 4

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Kit Features

PSoC4 Pioneer Kit Features:

  • OnBoard PSoC® CY8C4245AXI
    • 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M0 48 MHz CPU
    • 16-bit Timer/PWM
    • Low Power Comparator
    • 12-bit 1 Msps SAR ADC
    • Programmable Analog Block
    • Programmable Digital Block
    • Versatile I/O System
    • 150 nA Low Leakage Hibernate Mode
    • 20 nA Stop Mode
    • 1.71 – 5.5 V Operation
  • OnBoard PSoC 5LP CY8C5868LTI
    • 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 67 MHz CPU
    • Program and Debug
    • Supports SWD, USB-UART, USB-I2C
  • Kit Expansion Ports
    • Arduino™ Shield Compatible Headers
    • Digilent® Pmod™ Compatible Header
    • Cypress PSoC 5LP GPIO Header
  • Included Example Projects
    • Blinking LED with PWM
    • RGB LEDs Color Cycle with PWMs
    • Low-Power Demo
    • CapSense® Slider Demo
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Kit Contents

  • PSoC 4 Pioneer Board
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB-A to USB-mini B Cable
  • Jumper Wires (x6)

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