Retired Product

This product has been retired from our catalog and is no longer for sale. This page is made available for those looking for datasheets and the simply curious.

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Description: Gainer is a simple board developed by Shigeru Kobayashi and the team at This board utilizes the Cypress PSoC CY8C29466 IC making it a great board for digital and analog projects where AtoD and DtoA is required. Simple USB interface for reprogramming - no external programmer needed. The real power of this board is the ability to program it in a variety of languages including Flash, Max/MSP, and Processing.

Board includes a CY8C29466 with bootloader pre-programmed.


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Customer Comments

  • Unfortunately this breakout board does not grant access to all pins of the PSoC nor to the pins of the FT232RL. Kinda useless if you consider that…<br />
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    Make it with access to all the pins and I’m buying at least 5 of these! PSoC is so much more powerful than those Arduino chips. Oh and add the hardware to get the SMP working (1mH coil, 100nF capacitor and Diode) and it would be a charm!!! Could actually make it work with a 1.5v battery. Plz check it out guys, Thx.

  • DogOne’s comment on the schmartboard dev kit it great. I’ve been using kits from cypress that have been discontinued so I needed to find a replacement. Both of the kits at schmartboard are fantastic. The Explorer board is my favorite psoc dev board. Once you go PSoC you’ll never go back. I’ve heard that the will be a schmartboard coming to Sparkfun, I hope it’s true.

  • I found a really nice PSoC 5LP board I’d like to see SparkFun carry in their inventory or produce themselves:

    After doing my initial development with a Cypress CY8CKIT-050 and getting good a datapaths, the SchmartBoard is one fantastic addition to your embedded systems arsenal and it’s the same price as the Gainer board with a much more powerful chip.

    If you’ve ever worked with a device that can run code pretty fast as well as have plenty of custom logic, you’ll never go back to anything else.

    • Thanks for letting us know about this. We will look into it and see what options we have.

  • I really love PSoC but I would definitely pay a little bit more for the PSoC 1 evaluation kit before anything third party like this. Or maybe 10 bucks less for the PSoC 4 kit which I have been trying really hard to not buy.

  • Can these be reprogrammed via usb?

  • The site is pretty much dead… is there some place/project where this board is still actively used?

  • Driver is simply the FTDI driver (VCP).
    It appears to come installed with firmware designed to work with a set of serial command byte-codes - like those sent from its Processing library. NOTE: Processing, not Arduino. Look under their tutorials on their website for the library download.

  • I need the psoc driver software for interfacing…Can anyone help?

    • For future reference, try Cypress’s website. They have their PSoC software free that you can download.

  • i need the software and the driver

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