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Microchip Technology has launched CAN microcontrollers (MCUs) featuring 1.8-5.5V operation and Extreme Low Power (XLP) technology for automotive, building automation and industrial applications.

The PIC18F K80 8-bit CAN MCUs also feature an on-chip 12-bit analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) and a peripheral that enables Mtouch capacitive-touch-sensing user interfaces.

They are suitable for applications in the following markets: automotive (body control modules, automotive lighting, door/seat/steering/window control and HVAC control); building automation (elevators and escalators, lighting and sensors and air-conditioning control); and industrial (security systems, alarm control and remote monitors).

The PIC18F K80 CAN MCU range enables smaller, more cost-effective control with its integrated CAN peripheral for automotive and industrial applications.

For applications that require low power and accuracy, the MCUs are claimed to deliver excellent current ratings for longer battery life, as well as the on-chip 12-bit ADC and touch-sensing peripheral for advanced sensors.

Mitch Obolsky, vice-president of Microchip’s advanced microcontroller architecture division, said: ‘The PIC18F K80 range was developed for designers who need to add cost-effective CAN communication to their applications with extremely low power sleep and active modes and robust operation up to 5.5V.

‘The new MCUs offer a migration path for our popular PIC18F4680 CAN range, serving a wide spectrum of applications,’ he added.

Microchip has also launched two PIC18 Explorer Board plug-in modules (PIMs) for the PIC18F66K80 – the 44-pin PIC18F46K80 (part number MA180031) and the 64-pin PIC18F66K80 (part number MA180032) devices.

For the implementation and evaluation of CAN, Microchip’s CAN/LIN Pictail/Pictail Plus daughter board (part number AC164130-2) may be used in conjunction with its PIC18 Explorer or Explorer 16 development boards.

Microchip’s complete suite of standard development tools is also available, including the MPLAB IDE, Real ICE and ICD3 tools and the MPLAB C18 and Hi-Tech C compilers for PIC18 MCUs.

The new PIC18F45K80, PIC18F46K80, PIC18F65K80 and PIC18F66K80 MCUs are available in 44- and 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages.

In addition, the PIC18F45K80 and PIC18F46K80 MCUs are available in 40-pin PDIP packages.

The PIC18F25K80 and PIC18F26K80 MCUs are available in 28-pin QFN, SOIC, SPDIP and SSOP packages.

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