[2014-10-14] CAN FD, the improved CAN data link layer, is still under development. The responsible ISO Task Force is currently commenting the next internal work document version. Nevertheless, more and more chipmakers start shipping engineering samples. Atmel is next: the company has introduced support for CAN FD. Microchip is working on the implementation of CAN FD in its micro-controllers, too. In addition, the providers of CAN high-speed transceiver qualify their products for bit-rates higher than 1 Mbit/s. Recently, Infineon has launched its CAN FD capable transceivers.
CAN in Automation (CiA) is organizing a CAN FD plug-fest for October 28th in Nuremberg (Germany). Participants will include carmakers, silicon providers, and tool as well as software companies. The intention is to test cabling and other physical layer components as well as available CAN FD implementations. Additionally, the first CAN FD software will be tested for interoperability. We will keep you up to date with the highlights of this event.