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CAN FD converter

API for integration in customized environments

Dspace (Germany) has announced the DCI-CAN2 interface module with USB connection. In addition, the company cooperates with Intempora (France) regarding multi-sensor development tools for ADAS solutions.

The USB interface module provides a CAN FD port compliant to ISO 11898-1:2015 (Photo: Dspace)

The USB dongle can be configured to run the ISO CAN FD as well as the non-ISO CAN FD protocol. Of course, it supports also Classical CAN communication. The CAN interface is equipped with NXP’s transceiver TJA1044GT. The 9-pin D-sub connector complies with the pinning as specified in CiA 102 respectively CiA 303-1. The entire module is powered via the USB 2.0 interface. It comes in an aluminum enclosure.

The configuration is possible by means of Dspace’s CAN application programming interface (API) or with the Controldesk software running on the PC. The API allows custom applications to be built in Python (API available as a Python module) or Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 (API available as a functional WIN32 DLL).

Tool chain for ADAS

Dspace and Intempora agreed to cooperate exclusively in respect to tools for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). In line with this agreement, the German company will distribute the RTMaps (Real-Time Multisensor applications) software environment for multi-sensor applications.

Screenshot of the RTMaps development system for multi-sensor applications (Photo: Intempora)

“RTMaps is a perfect fit for the comprehensive Dspace tool chain, which today can be seen as a de facto standard for ECU software development and testing in the automotive domain,” said Nicolas du Lac, Managing Director at Intempora. “Hence, we are proud to team up with Dspace as a market leader, whose worldwide recognition and distribution capabilities will foster the future development of our highly innovative product RTMaps in this field.”

“This cooperation is an essential milestone in our strategy to provide a complete tool chain for ADAS and automated driving”, said André Rolfsmeier, Product Manager for Advanced Applications and Technologies at dSPACE. “Due to its superior performance on multicore x86 and ARM platforms and its ease of use, RTMaps ideally extends our product portfolio. And there is more to come. In a couple of months Dspace will present a new in-vehicle prototyping system for ADAS which will perfectly match RTMaps.” From now on, the German partner will integrate RTMaps into its tool chain. For this, the company provides an interface blockset designed specifically for bidirectional, low-latency communication between RTMaps and its tools like real-time systems or the PC-based simulation platform VEOS. The experiment and visualization software Controldesk Next Generation can also be connected to RTMaps. With this connection, users can monitor and parameterize devices, which are implemented and processed in RTMaps.


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