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Telematics is the intersection of automotive technology and telecommunications, bridging on-board communications within the vehicle to the surrounding infrastructure. Telematics serves many purposes, primarily those of fleet tracking, breakdown assistance, vehicle recovery, emergency calling and traffic control and is a key component in autonomous driving.

With communications being the primary element of a telematics system, a supplier with a strong focus on automotive networking and connectivity solutions can offer many advantages for developing an effective telematics control unit. Microchip, with its strong heritage in automotive communication technologies such as INICnet™ technology, Ethernet, CAN, LIN, USB, brings leading-edge products and technical expertise to designers of telematics systems.

Telematics Block Diagram


INICnet™ Technology

INICnet technology simplifies automotive infotainment networking with support for Ethernet, audio, video and control over a single cable. INICnet technology can coexist with automotive Ethernet to seamlessly interface Internet Protocol (IP)-based data communications across vehicle domains, while providing efficient transport of audio and video data. INICnet technology does not require development and licensing of additional protocols or software stacks, reducing development costs, and keeping development on schedule. INICnet technology supports a variety of system management methodologies via IP, or a dedicated control message channel. Data rates of 50 Mbps on UTP or 150 Mbps on coax or optical cabling are supported.

  • OS81118 – Single-network port highly integrated Intelligent Network Interface Controller (INIC)
  • OS81119 – Dual-network port highly integrated Intelligent Network Interface Controller (INIC)

Companion and Power Management

To facilitate your design, we offer a variety of power management and companion devices, such as video codecs, that pair well with our INICnet technology allowing you to easily meet your telematics application needs.

  • OS85652 – High-performance MediaLB® bus I/O port expander with DTCP
  • OS85654 – Serial MediaLB bus I/O port expander with DTCP
  • OS85621 – Video codec and MediaLB bus I/O port expander with DTCP
  • OS85623 – Video codec and MediaLB bus I/O port expander with DTCP
  • MPM85000 – ECU power management device

Ethernet Products

Since delivering the very first AEC-Q100-qualified Ethernet devices to the market back in 2008, Microchip has led the way in providing automotive-grade Ethernet controllers, switches, bridges and transceiver PHYs. With Ethernet solutions that range from 10 Mbps to 1 Gbps, our portfolio enables many high-speed networking applications throughout the vehicle.

  • KSZ9031 – Gigabit Ethernet transceiver with power-saving features
  • LAN88730 – 10/100BASE-T/TX Ethernet transceiver for automotive applications
  • KSZ8851 – 10/100BASE-T/TX Ethernet controller with generic 8-/16-/32-bit or SPI interface
  • LAN89730 – USB to 10/100BASE-T/TX Ethernet bridge for automotive applications
  • KSZ8567 – 7-Port 10/100 AVB Ethernet switch
  • KSZ8895 – 5-Port 10/100 Ethernet switch with fiber support
  • LAN89730 – USB to 10/100BASE-T/TX Ethernet bridge for automotive applications
  • LAN7801 – SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet bridge

USB Hub Controllers

Our USB hub controller features multi-host endpoint reflector, battery charging support for industry profiles, embedded 32-bit microcontroller for the implementation of USB IO bridging and USB Power Delivery. It also includes advanced USB features, like USB 2.0 Link Power Management and High-Speed Inter-Chip (HSIC) USB Electrical Specification Revision 1.0 for low power consumption.

  • USB4914 – USB 2.0 Hi-Speed hub with unique Smart Hub features
  • USB84602 – USB 2.0 hub controller with two downstream ports
  • USB84604 – USB 2.0 hub controller with four downstream ports

CAN Transceivers

Our portfolio of CAN transceivers includes CAN 2.0, CAN Flexible Data Rate (CAN FD) and CAN Partial Networking (CAN PN) transceivers and supports the ISO 11898 2/5/6, ISO 11898-2:2016 and SAE J2962-2 standards. Features include various wake-up functionalities and exceptional EMC performance even without a common-mode choke. We also offer the industry’s first AEC-Q100 Grade 0 (150°C) qualified CAN transceiver family.

  • ATA6562 – High-speed CAN FD transceiver with standby and silent mode and WUP
  • MCP2561FD – High-speed CAN FD transceiver with standby mode and SPLIT pin
  • ATA6570 – High-speed CAN FD transceiver with Partial Networking

LIN Transceivers

Our lineup of LIN transceiver products ranges from standalone to LIN transceivers to fully integrated System-in-Packages (SIPs) that include a voltage regulator and a microcontroller. Our LIN transceivers are compliant with the industry-standard LIN bus specifications and are approved by the major global OEMs.

  • MCP2003B – Standalone 8-pin LIN transceiver
  • ATA663254 – LIN system basis chip including 5.0V voltage regulator and NRES-output
  • ATA663454 – LIN system basis chip including 5V voltage regulator, watchdog and high-side switch

Networking Microcontroller (MCU) or Digital Signal Controller (DSC)

To facilitate the design of embedded control systems, Microchip offers high-performance Arm® Cortex®-M0+/M4/M7 based devices with easy-to-use development tools and simplified power configuration and setup. Our SAM MCUs offer scalability and many are qualified to the AEC-Q100 standard.

The dsPIC33C family of DSCs includes high-performance dsPIC33CH dual-core DSCs and dsPIC33CK single-core DSCs featuring an integrated CAN FD controller which, along with the supporting free software libraries, enables robust communication and increased bandwidth. This family comes with scalable memory to accommodate communication stacks and application firmware. 

  • ATSAMV71N20 – 32-bit Arm Cortex-M7 MCU with USB, Ethernet, CAN FD, and MediaLB® bus
  • ATSAME51N20A – 32-bit Arm Cortex-M4F MCU with 1 Msps 12-bit ADC, QSPI, USB, Ethernet and PTC
  • ATSAMC21N18A – 5-volt 32-bit Arm Cortex M0+ MCU with CAN FD
  • dsPIC33C Single/Dual Core DSCs - 100 MIPS®, high-performance, single-/dual-core DSCs with CAN FD, advanced analog and functional safety features


Microchip is a leading supplier of high-quality, robust serial EEPROMs, supporting I2C, SPI, microwire, and UNI/O® bus types. Our EEPROMs are triple tested to ensure the highest quality and reliability and feature endurance levels exceeding one million cycles and over 200 years of data retention.

  • AT25128B – 128 Kb SPI serial EEPROM
  • 24LC128 – 128 Kb I2C compatible 2-wire serial EEPROM
  • 93LC86C – 16 Kb Microwire (3-wire) serial EEPROM with hardware-selectable word size

Temperature Sensors

Microchip’s lineup of temperature sensors and switches comprises analog and digital outputs, giving you the flexibility you need for your design. Our automotive-grade temperature sensors are factory calibrated with up to +/-0.5°C accuracy over a temperature range of -40°C to 125°C. And with very small form factors, they provide an ideal solution for temperature sensing without consuming a significant amount of board space.

  • MCP9700A – Low-power linear active thermistor ICs, analog output
  • MCP9800 – 2-wire high-accuracy temperature sensor, digital output
  • MCP9504 – Temperature switch with selectable hysteresis

Voltage Regulators

Our basic power management solutions include several automotive-grade linear and switched voltage regulators. Linear regulators feature low dropout voltages, ultra-low quiescent currents, wide input voltage ranges, load dump and reverse batter protection. Switching regulators support buck, boost, buck-boost and SEPIC designs from 100 mA to 12A output currents.

  • MAQ5281 – High-performance, low dropout regulator, 25 mA, 120V, adjustable Vout from 1.27 to 5.5V.
  • MCP1790 – 30V, 70 mA, load dump protected linear voltage regulator
  • MCP16311 – 30V, 1A PFM/PWM high-efficiency synchronous buck regulator
  • MCP16331 – 50V 1A Non-synchronous buck regulator

MEMS Oscillators

Microchip’s MEMS oscillators are designed to meet the stringent requirements of the harsh automotive environment. With quality and performance advantages over crystal oscillators such as DPPM levels that are ten times lower, shock tolerance 500 times higher and vibration tolerance five times higher, these MEMS oscillators are an excellent choice for automotive applications. Our leading-edge MEMS technology, advanced packaging, and innovative Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) design enable us to offer the most stable, reliable and robust oscillators in the industry.

  • DSA1105 – Automotive low-jitter MEMS oscillator
  • DSA1125 – Automotive low-jitter MEMS oscillator
  • DSA2311 – Automotive MEMS clock generator
Development Tools

The Automotive Networking Development Board is a low-cost modular development system for Microchip’s 8-bit, 16-bit, and 32-bit microcontrollers targeting CAN and LIN network related applications. The board supports devices using the 100-pin Plug-In Module (PIM) connector, has four mikroBUS™ sockets for MikroElektronika™ Click boards™ and includes an edge connector for backwards compatibility to PICtail™ Plus boards used with the Explorer 16 Development Board.

The LIN Serial Analyzer development tool enables you to monitor and communicate to a Local Interface Network (LIN) bus using a Personal Computer (PC). This is a powerful tool that can be used to send messages, monitor the bus traffic, perform errors checks and filter messages amongst many other features, allowing you to develop and debug the system implementation.

The dsPIC33EV 5V CAN-LIN Starter Kit features the dsPIC33EV256GM106 Digital Signal Controller (DSC) for automotive and motor control applications. The Starter Kit contains serial data ports for CAN, LIN and SENT, a self-contained USB programming/debug interface, and an expansion footprint for flexibility in application hardware development. This board allows you to explore three popular automotive and industrial serial data formats (CAN, LIN and SENT).

The MIC4607 is an 85V, three-phase MOSFET driver that features a fast (35 ns) propagation delay time and 20 ns driver rise/fall times for a 1 nF capacitive load. TTL inputs can be separate high- and low-side signals or a single PWM input with high and low drive generated internally. High- and low-side outputs are guaranteed to not overlap in either mode. The MIC4607 includes overcurrent protection as well as a high-voltage internal diode that charges the high-side gate drive bootstrap capacitor.

The MAQ5280 Evaluation Board demonstrates the features of the MAQ5280, a high-performance linear regulator, offering a very low-noise output with a very wide input voltage operating range, from 4.5V to 120V DC input voltage.

The Explorer 16/32 Development Kit is a flexible, convenient and ready-to-start development, demonstration and testing platform for 16-bit PIC24 MCUs, dsPIC DSCs and 32-bit PIC32 MCUs. The board accepts Processor Plug-In Modules (PIM) and hardware expansion is possible through the use of PICtail Plus daughter cards and MikroElektronika accessory boards.

The dsPIC33CH Curiosity Development Board is intended as a cost-effective development and demonstration platform for the entire dsPIC33CH family of dual-core high-performance DSCs. Designed from the ground up to take full advantage of Microchip’s MPLAB® X IDE, the board includes an integrated programmer/debugger and requires no additional hardware, making it a perfect starting point to explore the dsPIC33CH dual-core family.

The dsPIC33CK Curiosity Development Board is a cost-effective development and demonstration platform for the dsPIC33CK family of single-core high-performance DSCs. Designed to take full advantage of MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment (IDE), the board includes an integrated programmer/debugger and requires no additional hardware, making it a perfect starting point to explore the dsPIC33CK family. The board also includes a mikroBUS™ socket for adding a Click board™ to explore CAN FD communication.

This development board for ATA6612C, ATA6613C and ATA6614Q ICs is designed to accelerate programming, prototyping and testing of new LIN designs.

The CryptoAutomotive In-Vehicle Network (IVN) Trust Anchor/Border Security Device (TA/BSD) development kit enables Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 customers to add comprehensive security to networked vehicle systems with minimal impact on current designs while providing the highest level of protection against threats. The only security-specific automotive tool in the industry, the CryptoAutomotive TA/BSD development kit together with a host MCU emulates a node in an automotive network and provides system designers with an intuitive starting point for implementing security.

The TimeFlash 2 programmer allows users to program Microchip’s field-programmable oscillators to a custom frequency in seconds, enabling fast prototyping and testing. This tool, now in its second generation, has the ability to measure frequency accuracy and power consumption of standard oscillators, regardless of vendor, making it a valuable lab tool for engineers. Microchip’s oscillators are available in industry-standard packages that are drop-in replacements to standard crystal oscillators.