From the editors' desk

[2014-12-17] Dear readers,

the year has passed by unbelievably fast. I’ve been a part of the CAN Newsletter editors team for almost two years now and time couldn’t fly faster. Soon I’ll finish my traineeship and be a proper editor. Next week we are going to close our office till the 7th of January for the Christmas/New Year period, so you probably won’t find any news here until then.

We hope you enjoyed our CAN Newsletter Online and CAN Newsletter Print as much as we did working on it. If you have any wishes or ideas how we could improve our work, just let us know. Thanks for all your support. Those of you who celebrate it, have a save, blessed Christmas with your loved ones and a happy New Year to everyone! Thank you for being our readers in 2014 and we are looking forward to welcome you back next year. Happy 2015!

Cindy Weissmueller

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White paper

CAN FD and the CRC issue

[2014-12-22] Dr. Arthur Mutter from Bosch has written a white paper about the CRC weaknesses in the original CAN FD protocol. The paper describes in detail the technical background and the solutions.

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Interface module

Upgrading systems to CAN FD

[2014-12-16] To support the CAN FD protocol, the dSpace (UK) product range has been extended in several areas as of Release 2014-B. These extensions include an interface module and non-ISO CAN FD features in various software products.

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Clarification

ISO CAN FD or non-ISO CAN FD

[2014-12-09] No doubt: in future all products will be compliant to the ISO standard (ISO 11898-1). But currently some components and tools still support the original CAN FD protocol, which is not compliant to the ISO standard.

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Oscilloscope

Analyzing the CAN FD protocol

[2014-12-11] With its RTE and RTO oscilloscopes, Rohde & Schwarz (Germany) is one of the first suppliers to offer analysis solutions for the CAN FD protocol. The oscilloscopes allow users to simultaneously decode up to four serial buses.

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Oscilloscope

Measurement and graphing of CAN FD

[2014-12-11] Teledyne LeCroy (US) has announced the addition of measurement and graphing capabilities to their CAN FD serial trigger and decoding solution.

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iPad app

Machine-data access in the field

[2014-12-17] Case Construction Equipment has announced the Site Watch app for the iPad. The app allows users to check on their machine’s data - no matter if in the field, on the job site, or even on vacation.

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Parallel gripper

Reducing cycling times

[2014-12-17] The Schunk (Germany) EGL 70 mechatronic parallel gripper comes with variable gripping force between 50 N and 600 N. It was specifically developed for industrial applications.

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Linear sensor

Three interfaces provided

[2014-12-17] The LMR 48 linear sensors from TR-Electronic (Germany) are for direct installation in hydraulic cylinders. They come with three interfaces including CANopen.

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Draw-wire sensor

Flexible installation in tight spaces

[2014-12-17] The SZG81 - WDGA CANopen draw-wire system from Wachendorff Automation was developed for use in harsh environments. It can be used even where space is tight, due to its dimensions.

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System on module

Scalable multicore platform

[2014-12-17] Sintecs’ SES-MX6D and SES-MX6Q system on modules offer a scalable multicore platform. They support single-, dual-, and quad-core families based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture.

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Fleet Management

Organizing snow vehicle fleets

[2014-12-16] With the Fleet Manager, Power GIS (Austria) offers a solution for organizing and analyzing snow vehicle fleets. The system can process CAN signals.

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Variable speed drive

Induction motor control

[2014-12-16] WEG’s MW500 is dedicated for induction motor control, with embedded features and a protection degree of IP66 / NEMA 4X. These allow decentralized installation directly on the motor or on a wall.

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Micro-controller ecosystem

Environmentally friendly driving

[2014-12-16] STMicroelectronics has introduced two solutions with CAN: An Internet-of-Things development with an ecosystem of products and tools, and a solution that enables the car for environmentally friendly, safer, and comfortable driving.

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Controller

With 3,5-inch touch display

[2014-12-16] Sontheim has released the eControl nano controller with a 3,5-inch touch display, front-side IP67, and numerous communication interfaces. It is the smallest unit of the German company’s eControl product family.

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Dialog module

Optical bonding averts condensation

[2014-12-16] Ifm (Germany) has introduced its products for 2015, among them the PDM360 NG-12, which is a dialog module for mobile machines. It is also available with a resistive touchscreen and optical bonding technology.

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Application Programming Interface

Communication with control units

[2014-12-12] With PCAN-ISO TP, PCAN-UDS, and PCAN-OBD-2, Peak System has published APIs for standardized protocols from the automotive sector. The APIs use CAN, are designed for use under Windows, and built on each other.

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Data acquisition software

WLAN-CAN interface with storage function

[2014-12-11] Ipetronik (Germany) makes the Ipemotion Release 2014 R3 available for download. The upgraded version allows the use of Ipehub2 as a LAN/WLAN CAN interface with storage function.

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Vehicle diagnostics

J1939-73 in heavy-duty diesel vehicles

[2014-12-11] Release 9.1 of Softing's (Germany) Diagnostic Tool Set 8 provides full support of Windows 8.1. It also comes with a J1939-73 protocol template for heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

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