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 simplifies the development of a networked solution.