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PCI-Express-to-CAN card

CAN FD ready

Kvaser has launched the PCI-E-CAN 4xHS, its fastest PCI-Express-to-CAN-interface card so far. Adding four CAN channels to any computer board with PCI Express capability, this card features an in-house developed CAN-controller.

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THE CAN CARD OFFERS SILENT MODE , error frame detection/generation, and an on-board buffer. It also fits embedded data acquisition systems and is CAN FD ready. Lars-Berno Fredriksson, president of Kvaser commented: “The Kvaser PCI-E-CAN 4xHS is by far our fastest network card ever. With an in-house developed CAN-controller, implemented in an FPGA, no compromises have been made in terms of message speed.”

The product has an average response time of 45 µs. An onboard buffer ensures that there is no risk of the card ‘dropping’ messages, meaning that it is as robust as it is responsive. This is useful in 'ping-pong protocols' such as firmware updates. The low profile card (86 mm x 69 mm) is compatible with J1939, CANopen, NMEA 2000, and Devicenet. With an operating temperature of 0 °C to +85 °C and galvanically isolated CAN drivers, it is designed for standard and industrial computers alike.

The boards are supported by device drivers and program examples for Windows and Linux. All of the company’s CAN interface boards share a common software API called CANLIB, that is free to download. CAN-King, a general purpose interactive CAN monitor, can also be download free of charge.

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