The Pioneer IoT Add-On Shield is a unique board designed to add more functionality to the PSoC 6 from Cypress while remaining useful and practical for plenty of other Internet of Things applications. Each Add-On Shield is a pretty simple board with an equally simple layout that provides XBee, Qwiic and microSD functionality not only to the PSoC 6 but also to any board with an Arduino R3 shield format. On top of designing this board with a reliable IoT performance, we have written a guide that will show you how to communicate with a Raspberry Pi via Bluetooth® and WiFi, as well as how to communicate between a PSoC 4 BLE Pioneer Board and the PSoC 6 Pioneer Board via Bluetooth Low Energy.
In addition to the microSD card slot, XBee headers and Qwiic connector, the Pioneer IoT Add-On Shield is equipped with a micro-B USB connector. This connector provides 5V to the 3.3V regulator for the XBee module, overriding the 5V coming from the Arduino header and allowing high-power XBee modules to function properly. This is all thanks to the 3.3V regulator, level shift buffer, I2C level shift circuitry and a voltage supply selection jumper — all found on the shield!
If you aren’t familiar with it, the PSoC 6 Pioneer Board is the development tool associated with this processor line, sporting an onboard debugger, Arduino-compatible headers, CapSense widgets and more — all tied to a PSoC 6 processor. The processor is a dual-core device, with a Cortex-M0+ low-power processor and a Cortex-M4 high-power processor tied together via shared peripherals and memory space.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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When you make a revision make this a selector instead of a solder joint. Or at least move to a better area you can get into. Also I don’t know if there a difference, probably not, but when I went to look for the PSoC 6 this goes on I found Digi-Key sold this board for $5.