Controller gears up for the heat

According to Atmel Corp., its 8-bit RISC Flash microcontroller is the first to be qualified for operation up to +150°C (AECQ100 Grade 0). Already available in the -40 to +125°C operating temperature range, the ATmega88 AVR microcontroller can now withstand automotive temperature extremes.

As a result, designers are able to distribute intelligence and control functions directly into gearboxes, engine sensors and actuators, transfer cases, turbochargers. This will ultimately simplify the wiring network.

TAGS: Automotive
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