LT1796 - Overvoltage Fault Protected CAN Transceiver


  • Protected from Overvoltage Line Faults to ±60V
  • ESD Protection to IEC-1000-4-2 Level 4
    ±15kV Air Gap Test
    ±8kV Contact Mode Test
  • ISO 11898 Compatible
  • High Input Impedance Supports Up to 256 Nodes
  • Controlled Slew Rates for EMI Emissions Control
  • High Impedance Outputs When Off or
    Powered Down
  • Short-Circuit Protection On All Outputs
  • Thermal Shutdown Protection
  • Pin Compatible with Philips PCA82C251

Typical Application

LT1796 Typical Application
LT1796 Typical Application


The LT®1796 CAN transceiver provides built-in fault tolerance to survive in industrial and automotive environments. Discrete protection devices are not needed. Bus interface pins can withstand voltage faults up to ±60V with respect to ground with no damage to the device. Faults may occur while the transceiver is active, shut down or powered off. On-chip ESD protection withstands up to ±15kV air discharges and ±8kV contact mode discharges tested per IEC-1000-4-2. Loss of power or ground connections does not damage the IC.

The circuit operates with data rates up to 125kbaud. A slew control pin allows control of transmitted data pulse edges to control EMI and reflection problems on imperfectly terminated lines. High output current drive allows the use of inexpensive PVC cable with impedance as low as 72Ω. The 100kW input impedance allows up to 256 transceivers per data network.

The LT1796 is available in 8-lead PDIP and SO packages.


CAD Symbols and Footprints: The downloadable Zip file below contains the schematic symbol and PCB footprints.

For complete and up to date package information and drawings, please refer to our packaging page

Part Number Package Code Temp Package
LT1796CN8#PBF N-8 N C 05-08-1510 (N8) Yes
LT1796CS8#PBF SO-8 S8 C 05-08-1610 (S8) Yes
LT1796CS8#TRPBF SO-8 S8 C 05-08-1610 (S8) Yes
LT1796IN8#PBF N-8 N I 05-08-1510 (N8) Yes
LT1796IS8#PBF SO-8 S8 I 05-08-1610 (S8) Yes
LT1796IS8#TRPBF SO-8 S8 I 05-08-1610 (S8) Yes

LT1796 Package Drawing

Order Info

  • Part numbers ending in PBF are lead free. Solder plated terminal finish (SnPb) versions are non-standard and special terms and conditions and pricing applies if available. Please contact LTC marketing for information.
  • Part numbers containing TR or TRM are shipped in tape and reel or 500 unit mini tape and reel, respectively
  • Please refer to our general ordering information or the product datasheet for more details

Package Variations and Pricing

Part Number Package Temp Price
LT1796CN8#PBF N-8 C $1.85 $1.50 Yes
LT1796CS8#PBF SO-8 C $1.85 $1.50 Yes
LT1796CS8#TRPBF SO-8 C $1.56 Yes
LT1796IN8#PBF N-8 I $2.15 $1.75 Yes
LT1796IS8#PBF SO-8 I $2.15 $1.75 Yes
LT1796IS8#TRPBF SO-8 I $1.81 Yes
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