How many times have you found a low cost MCU, or a development kit, ready to order, until shipping fees, sometimes several times the price of the item, curbed your enthusiasm, to the point you just decided to cancel your purchase? It happened to me several times, so I was pleased to find out Cypress Semiconductor will ship their PSoC 4 MCUs via Fedex anywhere in the world without actually charging for shipping.
PSoC 4 are ARM Cortex M0 MCUs with up to 32 kB Flash, up to 4 kB SRAM, and analog and digital I/Os. CY8CKIT-042 PSoC 4 Pionner Kit is the corresponding kit development kit, which happened to be voted product of the year 2013 on Element14 community beating the BeagleBone Black, Freescale SABRELite, and PiFace Digital for the Raspberry Pi.
Development can be performed using PSoC Creator, and there seems to be a developer community active enough to provide 100 projects in 100 days.
So I’ve given a quick try at Cypress shop to double check it was possible to a PSoC 4200 MCU shipped by Fedex for $1.
The answer is a resounding yes, as long as you have a Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express credit card.
Texas Instruments does not charge extra for shipping for their development kits, so I was hoping Cypress would do the same, unfortunately, adding “CY8CKIT-042 PSoC 4 Pioneer Kit” to my cart resulted in an additional $25 for FedEx International Economy, or $35 for FedEx International Priority. I should have read that the company indeed mentions that “free worldwide priority shipping” is not available for development kits on their store homepage…
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.