Brain: I needed something capable but not overkill, and I needed to be able to hand solder it. I had an old LPC1343 LPCXpresso board from a school project - so I thought to check on the LPC line of microcontrollers. Sure enough they have several with CAN bus options! The LPC11C14 is simple and has CAN circuitry built-in.
Here we can see the connections that the LPC11C14 has, including the programming/debugging header that attaches to the LPC-Link board. I broke out the UART pins because you never know if you'll need them.
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