Atmel Extends Automotive Leadership, Launches New CAN Transceiver Family

Supports the New CAN FD Standard with Data Rates up to 5Mbits/s

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 5, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —   Atmel® Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch technology solutions, today announced a new family of control area network (CAN) transceivers for the automotive and industrial markets. Supporting the new CAN FD (flexible data rate) standard with data rates up to 5Mbits/s, Atmel's new ATA6560 and ATA6561 provide an interface between a CAN protocol controller and the physical two-wire CAN bus.

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Compliant with ISO11898-2, ISO11898-5 and SAEJ2284, the new CAN transceiver family offers high electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electrostatic discharge (ESD) performance. Both the ATA6560 and ATA6561 devices deliver ideal passive behavior to the CAN bus when the supply voltage is off, while the ATA6561 offers a direct interface to MCUs with 3V to 5V supply voltages. Various operating modes together with the dedicated fail-safe features make the ATA6560/ATA6561 an excellent choice for all types of high-speed CAN networks, especially in CAN nodes requiring a low-power mode with wake-up capability via the CAN bus. Atmel's new low-power CAN transceivers are developed on an advanced process technology that allows further integration of analog and complex digital functionality. The devices are available in SO8 and DFN8 packages with wet-able flanks for automated optical solder inspection.

"Our new family of CAN transceivers enables our OEMs to bring improved connectivity with higher speed in their automobile with overall lower power," said Claus Mochel, marketing director for automotive high voltage products, Atmel Corporation. "We are continuing to expand our automotive product portfolio to give our customers the right mix of products to help shorten their design cycle and bring next-generation designs faster to market."

Key Features of Atmel's ATA6560/61

  • Data rate up to 5Mbits/s
  • Fully ISO 11898-2,-5, SAE J2284 compliant
  • Low EME and high EMI
  • Remote wake-up capability via CAN bus
  • Transmit data (TXD) dominant time-out function
  • Undervoltage detection on VCC and VIO pins
  • CANH/CANL short-circuit and over temperature protected
  • ATA6560: Silent Mode (Receive only)
  • ATA6561: Compatible to 3.3V and 5V control signals


Atmel's ATA6560/61 CAN transceivers are available in mass production now in SO8 and DFN8 packaging with wet-able flanks for automated optical solder inspection. Pricing starts at $0.48 USD each in 10,000-piece quantities.

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Atmel Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML) is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with intelligent and connected solutions focused on the industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.

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