From the editors' desk

[2015-08-13] Chipmakers do “secret” questionnaires on the future of CAN FD. They ask their customers if and when they plan to move to CAN FD. The majority plans to introduce CAN FD in all CAN in-vehicle networks. Even if they don’t need more bandwidth, they will use CAN FD – in those cases without bit-rate switch. There are a few exceptions: BMW and Volvo are not interested in CAN FD. A couple of Far East carmakers are very reticent: No comment. Rumor says that Toyota and Hyundai will introduce CAN FD before the year 2020. GM and Daimler also have challenging schedules: Serial production is planned for 2018 or 2019. VW is ready to move to CAN FD, but needs the approval of the management. The French carmakers (PSA and Renault) will follow after 2020, as will Fiat/Chrysler and Ford.

CiA supports the communication among suppliers and OEMs by means of the Interest Group (IG) “CAN FD”, which has recently released the CiA 601-1 recommendation. Also, the CAN FD Tech Days and the iCC are opportunities to exchange experiences and knowledge as well as get first-hand information on CAN FD technology.

Holger Zeltwanger

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Vehicle testing kit

For real-world driving studies

[2015-08-26] The Vehicle Testing Kit (VTK) by Ergoneers (Germany) is a solution for testing and benchmarking vehicles and running naturalistic driving studies. It consists of a box PC which is powered with D-Lab3 measurement and analysis modules.

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Connected e-bike

Always know where your bike is

[2015-08-26] At the Eurobike 2015 fair Bulls, Telekom, and Brose (all Germany) showcase the Bulls Sturmvogel E Evo, which is a networked e-bike. It enables to get information on the bike's location and battery charge at any time using a smartphone app.

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Battery system

Developed for electric vehicle

[2015-08-26] Fraunhofer IISB participated in the European AVTR project that has addressed the powertrain systems for light EVs (electric vehicle). The IISB was responsible for the entire battery system of an EV.

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Gateway

WLAN vehicle communication interface

[2015-08-27] The HSC Interface from Samtec (Germany) is a WLAN vehicle communication interface (VCI) for computer controlled communication with electronic control units. It measures 135 mm x 50 mm x 25 mm.

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Box PC

With IoT gateway-solution support

[2015-08-26] Kontron has announced the launch of the KBox A-202. It is an industrial computer platform supporting Intel gateway solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Agriculture

Compaction pressure control and active air ducting

[2015-08-27] Until now, the Quadrant 3200 and 2200 models have handled the 120 cm x 70 cm bale category at Claas. Both of these square balers have now been completely redeveloped.

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Gateway

J1939 protocol converter

[2015-08-26] The J1939 Gateway from Monico (USA) is a plug-and-play data concentrator and protocol converter. It converts any standard or proprietary PGN into about 80 protocols over four usable ports, including both Serial and Ethernet.

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CANopen-to-Devicenet

Tunnel-boring machines for Copenhagen’s metro

[2015-08-24] Seli (Italy) producing special machines has developed for Copenhagen’s metro a tunnel-boring machine. It comprises a CANopen-to-Devicenet gateway by HMS (Sweden).

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CAN-over-IP-Gateway

Filtering CAN messages by ID

[2015-08-26] The software update 2.5.1 for Peak System’s (Germany) PCAN-Gateway series enables filtering and µAP operation mode.

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Sales partner

Buy encoders and inclinometers online

[21.08.2015] Posital (Germany) which offer CANopen sensors has signed a sales agreement with the online retailer Conrad (Germany). The Internet sales started in August.

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Greenhouse

CAN controlled windows and screens

[20.08.2015] Hotraco Horti (Netherlands) offers for horticulture applications the Multi Connect system. It controls windows and screens via a CAN network.

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Air-conditioning

Animal farm uses CAN

[20.08.2015] Hotraco Agri (Netherlands) is a supplier of computer-based control systems for pig and poultry farms. This includes HVAC systems, feed and water control, animal weighing, and egg counting.

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CiA 461 series

CANopen profile for weighing devices

[20.08.2015] The CiA 461 series part 1 and part 2 have been released CiA internally as Draft Standard Proposals. The profiles specify CANopen load cell devices.

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Real-time operating system

Adding CAN connectivity and other features

[20.08.2015] Green Hills Software (USA) has released version 2.6.2 of its real-time operating system (RTOS) µ-Velosity. The release contains CAN connectivity, support for the latest processor architectures, performance optimizations, and security and safety...

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Development kit

Starting CAN development with MCU and DSC series

[20.08.2015] Custom Computer Services (CCS) offers the CAN Bus 24 Development Kit. It enables users to begin CAN network development with Microchip's PIC and PIC24 MCUs (Micro Control Unit), and Microchip’s dsPIC DSC (Digital Signal Controllers) families.

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Extinguishing vehicle

Keeping firefighters away from danger

[19.08.2015] The Snozzle high-reach extendable turret (HRET) by Oshkosh Airport Products provides several enhancements. Besides its ability to keep firefighters further away from danger, its new features improve performance, ergonomics, and serviceability.

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Industrial drive

CANopen or Modbus integrated

[19.08.2015] The Altivar 32 drive from Schneider Electric (Germany) offers numerous advantages in the control of asynchronous and synchronous motors operating in open loop mode. It complies with CANopen.

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Encoder

Magnetic sensing for harsh environments

[19.08.2015] The encoders from Baumer (Germany) comply with the CiA 406 CANopen profile which enables the integration in applications. They are Powerlink certified and come with magnetic sensing which makes them suitable for harsh environments.

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Diagnostic tool set

Complete solution for vehicle diagnostics

[19.08.2015] The Release 10 of Softing's Diagnostic Tool Set offers increased performance and an extended simulation engine. The focus is on heavy-duty diesel vehicles, coding of ECU variants, and Diagnostics-over-IP (DoIP). Evaluation packages are available for ...

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Box PC

Wireless communication in automotive applications

[19.08.2015] The box PC BL70W by MEN was especially developed for wireless applications in mobile markets. Due to its compliance to the E-mark requirements it is well suited for automotive applications in networks, construction vehicles, or agriculture machines.

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