Embedded World, Nuremberg, Germany: The PIC18F K80 8-bit CAN microcontrollers (MCUs) feature 1.8 to 5.5V operation and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology—sleep current consumption is less than 20nA. Unveiled by Microchip, the new MCUs also feature an on-chip 12-bit analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) and a peripheral that enables mTouch capacitive touch-sensing user interfaces.
A key attribute of the family is its ability to provide cost-effective CAN communication. For applications that require low power and accuracy, Microchip says the MCUs deliver best-in-industry current ratings for longer battery life, as well as an on-chip 12-bit ADC and touch-sensing peripheral for advanced sensors. They also offer a migration path for the company’s PIC18F4680 CAN family.
PIC18 Explorer Board plug-in modules (PIMs) are available now for PIC18F K80 MCU development. The MA180031 PIM supports the 44-pin PIC18F46K80 MCU, whilst the MA180032 PIM supports the 64-pin PIC18F66K80. For CAN implementation and evaluation, Microchip’s CAN/LIN PICtail (Plus) daughterboard (AC164130-2) may be used in conjunction with PIC18 Explorer or Explorer 16 development boards.
The PIC18F45K80, PIC18F46K80, PIC18F65K80, and PIC18F66K80 MCUs come in 44- and 64-pin TQFP and QFN packages, and the PIC18F45K80 and PIC18F46K80 MCUs are housed in a 40-pin PDIP package. The PIC18F25K80 and PIC18F26K80 MCUs come in either 28-pin QFN, SOIC, SPDIP, or SSOP packages.