TI Chip integrates transceiver and controller for CAN-FD

TI has introduced an automotive system basis chip which integrates a controller and transceiver for Controller Area Network with Flexible Data Rate (CAN FD).

Designed to meet the high-bandwidth and data-rate flexibility needs of in-vehicle networks, the TCAN4550-Q1 uses the Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) bus of almost any microcontroller to implement, with minimal hardware changes, a CAN FD interface or increase the amount of CAN FD bus ports in a system.

Previously, designers had to incorporate multiple discrete components into their designs or change microcontrollers entirely when upgrading to or expanding CAN FD functionality – an often time-consuming and expensive process.

With the TCAN4550-Q1 ‘system basis chip’, as TI calls it, designers can maintain their existing microcontroller-based architecture and streamline CAN FD upgrade or expansion in body electronics and lighting, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automotive gateway designs.

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