MUNICH; Germany The CAN in Automation (CiA) industry group integrates the CANopen safety protocol into the firmware of a Renesas 16-bit microcontroller and provides it to customers. The device, dubbed CSC02, will be available in lieu of the discontinued CSC01.
With the move, the non-profit organization intends to addresses the needs for safe communications in markets where the CAN technology gains acceptance.
The CSC02 16-bit microcontroller is based on Renesas' M16C-6N4 device. The protocol stack integrated in the chip's firmware supports Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL-3) and is currently in the certification process at T‹V Rheinland. The CSC02 will succeed the CSC01 which has been discontinued, but CiA still supplies it to existing customers.
The device aims at system vendors that are including CAN technology in application segments beyond CANopen's standard factory floor realm such as construction vehicles, cranes, or lifts. These applications require a high degree of resilience and functional safety, a CiA spokesperson explained.
The device will be available in two versions, both equipped with two CAN interfaces each. While the larger package will be function and pin compatible with its predecessor, the smaller one aims at applications where size matters such as sensor integration.