From the editors' desk

[2015-05-06] CiA members are jointly organizing events to bring CAN FD knowledge to different markets. More events are already scheduled. An ISO working group also continues preparing the next ballots for the CAN FD conformance test plan included in ISO 16845-1, and for the high-speed transceiver standard (ISO 11898-2). The final voting for the CAN FD protocol standardized in ISO 11898-1 has already been started. The CiA Interest Group Commercial Vehicles has also made progress to adapt CAN FD: first CiA-internal documents will be available end of May. They will cover the physical layer (CiA 602-1) and the application layer (CiA 602-2).

In parallel, several companies are working on their CAN FD products. Spansion/Cypress has just released a micro-controller with multiple ISO CAN FD ports and Etas offers an interface module with CAN FD selectable to support non-ISO or ISO format. Other chipmakers such as Freescale and Microchip are integrating CAN FD modules compliant with the ISO standard into their micro-controllers.

Holger Zeltwanger

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Touch panel PC

Two CAN ports provided

[2015-05-06] Atop Communication Solutions (India) offers the TSD07040 touch panel computer. It comes with an ARM Cortex microprocessor and features two CAN ports.

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Box PC

With IP65 for mobile applications

[2015-05-05] The BC50R from MEN (Germany) is a box computer with protection class IP65. It can be used for data acquisition in trains, commercial vehicles, mobile machines, or ships.

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Vehicle PC

Extended temperature range

[2015-05-06] Arbor’s (Taiwan) Arts-1450 fan-less vehicle PC with an Intel Atom Processor E3845 comes in a aluminum design. It optionally offers a CAN port and 4-channel CCTV.

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I/O module

Transmitting fuel level signals

[2015-05-06] The FuelCAN interface from Murphy (USA) translates analog fuel level sender signals into digital J1939 CAN data. It is compatible with the Murphy ES series and other fuel level senders.

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Control panel

Field configurable

[2015-05-06] The CANplus 750 (CP750) by Lofa (USA) is an engine control panel. It monitors, controls, and automatically starts/stops both electronically and mechanically governed engines.

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IoT board

Competition for the Raspberry Pi

[2015-04-30] Udoo Neo is an open-source hardware computer equipped with a Freescale i.MX 6SoloX applications processor for Android and Linux. The developers of the single board computer are looking for support via Kickstarter.

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GUI software

Supporting CAN and other networks

[2015-04-30] K2L (Germany) has announced its Optolyzer Studio graphical user interface software. It supports a range of networks including CAN.

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Stroke sensor

Replacement for sensors with metal housing

[2015-04-30] Cherry Industrial Solutions has presented a modular sensor system. The system uses single-chip sensor devices with a fully-integrated magnetic circuit utilized by the automotive sector of Cherry’s parent company, ZF Friedrichshafen.

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Interface module

CAN FD support on all channels

[2015-04-30] The ES523 CAN FD interface module from Etas was designed to calibrate ECUs. It also captures measurement data from ECUs and their environment.

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Seed drill

Precise seed placement with Isobus

[2015-04-30] Kverneland Groups’s Vicon Unicorn is a mechanical single seed drill for sowing pelleted beet seed. In combination with GPS and Isobus communication, it enables precise seeding.

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Radio receiver and inclinometer

J1939 communication

[2015-04-30] Kar-Tech (US) offers a radio receiver and a solid-state inclinometer. Both devices communicate via J1939.

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Battery system

City buses and commercial vehicles

[2015-04-29] Voltabox has developed the C320 battery system for manufacturers and outfitters of commercial passenger and goods vehicles. The modular configuration of these systems allows them to be adapted to different load profiles and types of installation.

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CAN FD micro-controller

Enhanced in-vehicle networking

[2015-04-29] The Traveo S6J3120 from Spansion (USA) features a 32-bit ARM Cortex-R5 core and operates at 112 MHz. It incorporates a CAN FD interface for enhanced in-vehicle networking.

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Emtas and Peak-System

Companies announce cooporation

[2015-04-28] The companies Peak-System and Emtas have arranged to cooperate. When dealing with CAN and CAN FD, the components of Peak are used and integrated in the embedded software solutions of Emtas.

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Industrial computer

For customized systems

[2015-04-28] Micro Max (USA) has announced its industrial computer, the M-Max 800 EP2/PLT. It allows client/field upgradability with additional I/O boards and a selection of external connectors.

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System-on-module

Miniature-sized

[2015-04-28] Measuring 20 mm x 50 mm x 4 mm, the Dart-MX6 from Variscite (Israel) is a small system-on-module. It supports Freescale’s i.MX6 quad and dual core Cortex-A9 processor.

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