Capitalizing on Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s success in the Japanese and European automotive microcontroller (MCU) markets, the Electronic Device Group of Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc., today introduced powerful “7600 Series” 8-bit, “M16C” 16-bit, and “M32R/E” 32-bit controller area network (CAN) MCUs for the North American automotive market. Focused on safety, comfort, and convenience, Mitsubishi’s CAN MCUs provide high performance, energy efficiency, and feature-rich intelligence for key automotive systems such as airbag/occupant sensing, electronic power steering (EPS), anti-lock brake system (ABS), powertrain, and body control applications.

“Mitsubishi brings extensive worldwide automotive microcontroller experience to North America,” said Cristian Tomescu, product marketing manager for automotive microcontrollers at Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. “Our leadership in developing microcontrollers with embedded flash memory, as well as a wealth of features, will enable automakers to provide more intelligent cars to their customers.”

M16C/6N 16-Bit CAN MCU

Mitsubishi’s M16C/6N 16-bit CAN MCU Series delivers high-end performance functionality with low power consumption to airbag/occupant sensing, ABS, EPS, dashboard, and suspension control systems. Built using a high-performance silicon-gate CMOS process technology and powered by the M16C/60 Series CPU core, the device is also equipped with up to two CAN control modules and is compliant with the CAN 2.0B specification. The M16C/6N contains up to 256 Kbytes of flash memory to facilitate easy and fast in-circuit reprogrammability (256 Kbytes in 8 seconds) and provides up to 1 Mbyte of address space through memory expansion. The device allows a maximum operating frequency of 20 MHz at 5 volts and a minimum instruction execution time of 62.5 ns. It is available in a 100-pin QFP package.