From the editors' desk

[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.

Holger Zeltwanger

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Q&A with Infoteam

Questions to software specialists

[2014-10-20] Christopher Schemm answered five questions about Infoteam's PLCopen runtime system. The software includes a third-party CANopen protocol stack and supports CiA 405.

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IEC 61131

Safety tools simplify software design

[2014-10-20] At the Mobiltron 2014 seminar, 3S (Germany) presented their tool chain for safety-related software design using Codesys. The SIL-2 compliant approach supports CANopen Safety.

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Conference

Heavy-duty diesel diagnostics

[2014-10-17] The 3rd international Heavy-Duty Diesel Diagnostics conference for the diagnostics of trucks, buses, and off-highway vehicles took place last week. Main topics were diagnostic data in the cloud, big data, and security.

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Micro-controller

First samples with CAN FD support

[2014-10-15] Atmel (USA) has announced the development of a family of Atmel | Smart ARM Cortex-M7-based MCUs. The series offers a dual CAN FD core from Bosch.

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Technology partnership

Software drivers for CAN cards

[2014-10-17] Software developer Intervalzero and Janz Tec have announced a technology partnership: Janz Tec develops Intervalzero RTX64 2014 drivers for their CAN card solutions.

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Multiturn encoder

36-mm magnetic CANopen encoder

[2014-10-17] Kuebler (Germany) has released another optical absolute multiturn encoder: the Sendix M36 series of magnetic encoders. The series comes with a size of 36 mm and IP67 protection level.

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Conformance testing

Reliability for automotive components

[2014-10-17] E-Infochips (US) has announced the availability of the CAN 2.0 Verification IP (VIP). With a reusable ISO 16845 compliance suite, it reduces SOC and ASIC test development time by 80 %.

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Data acquisition software

Analysis, simulation, and data processing

[2014-10-16] Ipetronik (Germany) has released the 2014 R2 version of its data acquisition software Ipemotion. Extensions of it apply to CAN traffic analysis and CAN traffic simulation.

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Protocol converter

Profinet-adapter for CAN systems

[2014-10-16] The Anagate-Profinet-Z-Card of Analytica (Germany) connects a programming logic controller (PLC) to the Z-Card control board of Interroll Automation (Germany). It is for devices with a CAN- but without a Profinet interface.

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Encoder

Mining with CANopen

[2014-10-15] Kuebler’s (Germany) incremental Sendix Atex 7000 encoders with Atex/IECEx – M2 certification are suitable for explosive atmospheres. Their diameter of 70 mm allows mounting where space is tight.

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I/O interface

CAN and J1939 multi-master capabilities

[2014-10-16] North Atlantic Industries (NAI) has introduced the Nano Interface Unit (NIU1). It was designed to add communication interfaces to industrial and aerospace applications.

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40 I/Os

CAN-node for hydraulic valves

[2014-10-16] The CAN-node ICN-VV from Inter Control (Germany) was designed to control hydraulic valves. Direct control of proportional valves is possible. It comes with 40 I/Os.

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Joystick

Resistant against dirt and water

[2014-10-15] The TRY52 joystick from Megatron (Germany) was designed for heavy-duty applications. They are IP68-rated, which makes them dirt and water resistant. A CAN/J1939 interface is available.

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CANopen MCUs

Multi-protocol connectivity

[2014-10-14] Renesas and its partner Port have announced connectivity solutions for CANopen, and industrial Ethernet protocols stacks for the RX64M MCU series. This includes associated design tools.

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