Microchip Delivers First 8-bit MCU Family for CAN FD Networks

Microchip PIC18-Q84

Automotive designers can now increase system capabilities with flexible and easy to use CIPs while connected to a high performing network

Meeting the demand for increased bandwidth and flexible data rates in evolving automotive applications like safety and communication, while further supporting the development of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), Microchip Technology announced its PIC18-Q84 family – the first PIC18 microcontroller (MCU) family that can be used to transmit and receive data through a Controller Area Network Flexible Data-Rate (CAN FD) bus. Accompanied by an extensive array of Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) that handle a variety of tasks without requiring CPU intervention, Microchip’s PIC18-Q84 family cuts both time and cost when connecting systems to a CAN FD network.

Microchip - PIC18-Q84

The family provides a simple solution for transporting sensor data to a CAN FD bus, without the need for gateways or sophisticated network switching techniques. In addition, its configurable CIPs make it easy to create custom hardware-based functions for automotive and industrial designs with near-zero latency. Additional code is not required. Available peripherals include a 32-bit Cyclic Redundancy Check with Scan (CRC/SCAN) and a Windowed Watchdog Timer (WWDT) for functional safety capabilities, and a Joint Test Action Group (JTAG) interface to implement industry-standard testing and debugging.

Development Tools and CAN FD Product Support

The PIC18-Q84 family offers both hardware and software support. Hardware includes a Curiosity Nano Development Board and a Curiosity High Pin Count (HPC) Development Board. A plug-in module (PIM) is also available for the Automotive Networking Development Board and for use with Microchip development boards. Software includes Microchip’s MPLAB® Code Configurator (MCC).

The PIC18F57Q84 Curiosity Nano Evaluation kit (DM182030)
The PIC18F57Q84 Curiosity Nano Evaluation kit (DM182030).

Pricing and Availability

The PIC18-Q84 family is available in volume production starting at $0.78 in 10,000-unit quantities.

PIC18-Q84 Product Family

Product Pin Count Program Memory
Size (KB)
Resolution (bits)
PIC18F26Q84 28 64 8 12 Boundary Scan
PIC18F27Q84 28 128 13000 12 Boundary Scan
PIC18F46Q84 40 64 8 12 Boundary Scan
PIC18F47Q84 40 128 13000 12 Boundary Scan
PIC18F56Q84 48 64 8 12 Boundary Scan
PIC18F57Q84 48 128 13000 12 Boundary Scan

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