Microchip Expands LIN 2.1/ SAE J2602-2 Portfolio with New Transceiver, System Basis Chip and System-in-Package Devices

Flexible LIN Portfolio Complies With Global Automotive Standards; Combines eXtreme Low
Power Consumption, High Robustness, Reliability and Integration

CHANDLER, Ariz., April 30, 2013 [NASDAQ:  MCHP] -- Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the expansion of its  LIN portfolio with the LIN 2.1 and SAE J2602-2 compliant and low-power MCP2003A transceiver, MCP2021A, MCP2022A, MCP2025 and MCP2050 LIN System Basis Chips (SBCs), and PIC16F1829LIN  System in Package (SiP).  These devices include high integration options, such as a voltage regulator, windowed watchdog timer, battery monitor output and a MCU. Additionally, they feature high robustness, including high Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) levels of more than 15 kV on the LIN bus and battery-voltage pins, meeting or exceeding automotive manufacturer requirements such as Version 1.3 of the “OEM Hardware Requirements for LIN, CAN and FlexRay Interfaces in Automotive Applications.”  The voltage regulator that is integrated on some of the devices has also been specifically designed to operate in the automotive environment, and can withstand reverse battery conditions, +43V load dump transients and double-battery jump starts.  This robustness enables reliable communication in harsh environments, and the high level of integration lowers cost and complexity while saving space.

The new PIC16F1829LIN SiP incorporates an 8-bit Flash MCU, a voltage regulator and a LIN transceiver, along with peripherals such as a 10-bit ADC, comparators and timers—all in a 20-pin SSOP package.  This adds to Microchip’s wide range of eXtreme Low Power (XLP) 8- and 16-bit PIC® microcontrollers with integrated Enhanced USART peripherals.  The enhanced USART peripheral enables easy connectivity to LIN physical layer transceivers and SBCs.  Whether SiP or standalone solutions, Microchip’s XLP MCU sleep currents, which are as low as 9 nA, make them well suited for direct-battery applications and enable less drain on vehicle batteries.

“Microchip continues to expand its offerings for the rapidly growing LIN in-vehicle network market, which automotive manufacturers in all regions have embraced due to its low cost and low complexity,” said Bryan J. Liddiard, marketing vice president of Microchip’s Analog and Interface Products Division.  “We offer the devices, tools, software and expertise that help our customers meet the challenging global automotive requirements.”  

Development Support 

Microchip provides a broad range of tools, software, reference designs and information to support development with its LIN portfolio, which can all be accessed from its online LIN Design Center at  http://www.microchip.com/get/STR3. LIN tools available for purchase today include the LIN Serial Analyzer (part # APGDT001), PICDEM™ CAN-LIN 3 Demo Board (part # DM163015), ECAN™/LIN PICtail™ Plus Daughter Board (part # AC164130) and PICkit™ 28-Pin LIN Demo Board (part # DM164130-3).  Available reference designs include the Window Lift With Anti Pinch (part # APGRD002) and Interior Ambient Light Module With LIN (part # APG000027). 

Pricing & Availability  

All six of Microchip’s new LIN devices are available today for sampling and volume production, and all of the following prices are listed in 5,000-unit quantities.  The MCP2003A LIN transceiver is available in 8-pin SOIC and DFN packages for $0.60 each.  The PIC16F1829LIN SiP is available in a 20-pin SSOP package for $1.75 each.  The MCP2025 and MCP2021A SBCs integrate a LIN transceiver with a voltage regulator, and are both available in 8-pin SOIC and DFN packages, for $0.88 and $0.89 each, respectively.  The MCP2022A SBC provides the same integration in 14-pin SOIC and TSSOP packages, for $1.01 each.  Finally, the MCP2050 SBC adds a watchdog timer, and is available in 14-pin SOIC and 20-pin QFN packages for $1.04 each.

For additional information, contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s Web site at http://www.microchip.com/get/STR3.  To purchase products mentioned in this press release, go to  microchipDIRECT or contact one of Microchip’s authorized distribution partners.  

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About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, 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 website at  http://www.microchip.com/get/STR3


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