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Automotive 8-bit Microcontrollers 

With the combined PIC® and AVR® architectures, Microchip offers a powerful lineup of 8-bit microcontrollers for the automotive market.  Capturing the best features of both architectures enables us to offer plentiful solutions for every type of automotive system.  From Human Machine Interface (HMI) applications that are based upon touch technology, to underhood applications that require high-temperature robustness, to simple watchdog-type applications requiring a small form factor, you can find extensive options that meet your requirements.

One of the unique features of the PIC microcontroller is the concept of the core-independent peripheral (CIP), which are highly configurable hardware modules. They were designed to reduce interrupt latency, lower-power consumption and increase system efficiency, and safety, while minimizing design time and effort.  

Most of the Automotive AVRs offer support for capacitive touch sensing functionality through the Qtouch library in combination with the powerful core and rich peripheral set. Likewise, PIC microcontrollers support capacitive touch applications through peripherals such as the CVD and CTMU.

More and more automotive electronic systems are finding their way underhood, which drives the requirement for semiconductors that can withstand higher temperatures. Many of the PIC and AVR 8-bit MCUs are qualified to the AEC-Q100 Grade 0 (-40°C to 150°C) standard.

And for applications that are required to communicate on the CAN bus, several 8-bit PIC and AVR microcontrollers offer an integrated CAN controller that simplify the development of a networked solution.

To determine the best solution for your embedded controller design, take a look at the automotive qualified products listed in the Product Tables below.  For more generic information related to our 8-bit microcontroller products, please visit the 8-bit MCU Design Center.