Microchip Technology announced its PIC18 Q84 family — the first PIC18 microcontroller (MCU) family that can be used to transmit and receive data through a Controller Area Network Flexible Data-Rate (CAN FD) bus.
Accompanied by an extensive array of Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) that handle a variety of tasks without requiring CPU intervention, Microchip’s PIC18 Q84 family cuts both time and cost when connecting systems to a CAN FD network.
The family provides a simple solution for transporting sensor data to a CAN FD bus, without the need for gateways or sophisticated network switching techniques. Its configurable CIPs make it easy to create custom hardware-based functions for automotive and industrial designs with near-zero latency. Additional code is not required.
“CAN FD will continue to play a critical role in delivering faster data-transfer rates for applications, ranging from the connected car to industrial automation and smart homes,” said Greg Robinson, associate VP of marketing for Microchip’s 8-bit microcontroller business unit.
The available peripherals include a 32-bit Cyclic Redundancy Check with Scan (CRC/SCAN), a Windowed Watchdog Timer (WWDT) for functional safety capabilities, and a Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) interface to implement industry-standard testing and debugging.
“Microchip is furthering the adoption of this protocol with our latest 8-bit PIC MCU family, helping designers create cost-effective network nodes at scale,” added Robinson.
The PIC18 Q84 family offers hardware and software support. Hardware includes a Curiosity Nano Development Board and a Curiosity High-pin Count (HPC) Development Board. A plug-in module (PIM) is also available for the Automotive Networking Development Board and for use with Microchip development boards. Software includes Microchip’s MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC).
To learn more about Microchip’s complete CAN and CAN FD offering, visit Microchip’s CAN technology design center.
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