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Embedded World 2018

ECU designed for rapid prototyping

Published 2018-03-05

Therefore, Expinovo (Germany) has developed an ECU (electronic control unit) with multiple interfaces used in in-vehicle networks. This includes five CAN ports.

The Catch-the-bus device is suitable for rapid prettying of gateways and sensor/actuator applications (Photo: Explinovo)

The product originally developed in 2013 was shown on the Embedded World 2018. Now, it supports the CAN FD protocols (four of the five CAN interfaces). The programmable ECU by Expinovo also provides interfaces for Ethernet, Flexray, LIN (two ports), and EIA-232 (two ports). Additionally, the product features four digital outputs and two analog inputs. Source code examples combined with documented driver software saves up to 45 percent of the development time, stated the provider. The connection to the PC is done by means of Ethernet.

The programmable ECU can also be used for rest bus simulation and bus monitoring purposes. It features also two powerline communication channels. The temperature range is -40 °C to +85 °C. The device measures 108 mm x 62 mm x 28 mm. It is based on the 9S12XF512 micro-controller by NXP (formerly Freescale) and theX-gate co-processor. The product comprises a 512-KiB flash memory, a 32-KiB RAM and a 4-KiB EPROM. In Germany, it is also available from FRG Frischer Electronic.