CAMBRIDGE, UK Microchip Technology has extended its range of devices tested and qualified in accordance with AEC-Q100 Grade 0 requirements, to include 8- and 16-bit PIC microcontrollers and dsPIC digital signal controllers, serial EEPROM devices, and analogue products.
This makes the devices suitable for under-the-hood automotive applications; extreme-environment industrial applications, such as down-hole oil drilling and lighting; and for medical applications such as devices that are sterilized in autoclaves.
Engineers can now add intelligence directly into high-temperature applications, where the silicon can be mounted directly onto high-temperature assemblies. This enables new applications for electronics that were not possible before.
The company now boasts one of the largest and broadest portfolio of ICs for high-temperature applications. The ability to mount silicon directly onto high-temperature assemblies means that Brushless DC (BLDC) motors can be used in place of mechanical, belt-driven actuators for water pumps, engine cooling fans, turbocharger waste gates, and throttle-control applications.
This improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions by enabling intelligent use of more efficient, on-demand technology. Sensors can now be placed directly into automotive gearboxes, engine-coolant systems and oil reservoirs.
MCUs featuring CAN and LIN connectivity enable small footprints and efficient bus connections. The elimination of heat shields and extra wiring saves cost and complexity for industrial and automotive applications.
More information at Microchipís online ( High-Temperature Design Center