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Embedded World 2012

CAN/USB module for OEM applications

At the EmbeddedWorld 2012 exhibition, Softing's (Germany) Industrial Automation division has presented the “CANpro USB embedded”. This host interface for accessing CAN and CANopen networks is specifically designed for embedded applications and therefore does not require a housing.

THE PRODUCT IS CONNECTED TO the PC-internal USB port and mounted directly in the computer housing via the Dsub connector. This allows a space-saving and flexible solution. According to the supplier, the USB/CAN interface module provides high data throughput and short reaction times. Softing offers also a broad range of CAN host interface modules including PCI cards and USB dongles.

The Industrial Automation division is an independent company providing communication products and development services for manufacturing and process automation industries. The company's product range is tailored to the requirements of system integrators, device vendors, and machine builders as well as end users. CANopen products are since many years in the company's portfolio.

The Softing Automotive division is another company also provding CAN interface products. Last year, this  division has signed an agreement with Kvaser (Sweden). Both companies agreed to cooperate in the development of USB interfaces for automotive applications. Softing has become a Kvaser Qualified Reseller and will offer the Swedish USB dongles to complete its portfolio. Notably, Softing plans to offer a new diagnostic solution package that combines an entry-level version of its DTS-Monaco software for ECU communication, diagnostics and onboard analysis with Kvaser’s Leaf Light CAN-to-USB interface. The Automotive division also based in Haar near Munich (Germany), is a system partner to vehicle manufacturers and ECU suppliers.

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