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Microchip Presents New MCP201 Transceiver

October 13, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) introduced the MCP201 device, a single-chip, LIN bus interface transceiver with an integrated voltage regulator, which eliminates the need for an additional external regulator IC, saves board space and meets the LIN bus specification of V1.2. Target applications for the MCP201 include automotive sub-bus systems (sensors, actuators and switches) connected to a LIN bus system.

The eight-pin, MCP201 device features an on-board 5V, ±5 percent voltage regulator with a maximum output current of 50mA and the capability to provide higher current output capability with an external series pass transistor. The MCP201 supports a baud rate up to 20kb and is available in an extended temperature range of -40 to +125 degrees C. The device provides thermal and short-circuit protection as well as protection against loss of ground and load dumps up to 40V.

Pricing in 10,000-unit quantities for the MCP201 is $1.25 each. Samples are available now and volume production is scheduled for late fourth-quarter 2002.