Microchip Unveils CAN Controller with Faster Data Throughput

9/10/2003 - Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced an enhanced stand-alone controller area network (CAN) device that offers a new option to address serial-communications challenges. The MCP2515 gives designers a CAN solution that provides faster data throughput, efficient data-byte filtering, generates start of frame (SOF) output and uses an SPITM interface, which enables an easy connection to virtually any microcontroller.

The MCP2515 has a 40MHz maximum clock-input speed and a 10MHz high-speed SPI interface. This faster throughput enables CAN messages to be processed and transferred to the host microcontroller much faster than the original device.

Additionally, Microchip’s new Interface CAN device has the ability to filter messages based on the first two data-bytes and the 11-identifier bits. This feature reduces the microcontroller overhead requirements when supporting high-layer protocols, like DeviceNet TM support, that utilize data-bytes in addition to identifier bits for determining whether CAN messages should be received and processed by certain notes.

The MCP2515 offers features that are useful when implementing time-slots in deterministic systems such as Time Triggered CAN (TTCAN). A one-shot mode is available, which assures that a message will attempt to transmit one time, regardless of arbitration loss or error frame. In addition, a start-of-frame (SOF) output is available to assist system designers with implementing time-slot-based protocols or in CAN bus diagnostics for determining early bus degradation.

“Microchip continues to emphasize connectivity solutions with the support of the Company’s PIC® microcontroller family and peripheral products,” said Keith Pazul, senior product marketing manager for Microchip’s Analog and Interface Products Division. “In addition to our microcontrollers with integrated CAN ports, Microchip’s offers interface peripherals designed to provide flexible, cost-effective options for implementing complete CAN solution.”

The MCP2515 is the successor to Microchip’s first stand-alone CAN solution. The MCP2515 provides more than twice the throughput capability of Microchip’s original stand-alone CAN Controller (MCP2510), meanwhile; it maintains a compatible footprint and function migration path making for a more robust solution.

Used in automotive, industrial, robotics, power supply, test and semiconductor equipment, the MCP2515 is available in industrial temperature range in PDIP and SOIC packages. Pricing for the MCP2515 in 1,000-unit quantities is $1.72 USD each. In addition, Microchip is upgrading its MCP2510 CAN Developer’s Kit (DV251001) to support the MCP2515. Samples and volume production are available now. For more information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip web site at www.microchip.com.

The Microchip name, logo and PIC are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc.in the USA and other countries. SPI is a trademark of Motorola. DeviceNet is a trademark of Open DeviceNet Vendor Association, Inc.

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