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Optimized for CAN and LIN

K2L (Germany) has announced the latest version of its Optolyzer Studio software development tool. It enables automotive CAN and LIN network development with reduced complexity.

The development tool analyzes the traffic on one CAN or LIN channel (Photo: K2L)

THIS.NET-BASED TOOL ALLOWS THE USE of common file formats and offers users the opportunity to create software extensions by adding their own functionality. That open approach, combined with the ability to integrate into a larger internal development and test environment (or connect to other hardware tools from K2L, Microchip, or any other 3rd party) makes Optolyzer Studio a flexible development option.

The company provides several different editions of its CAN-LIN Optolyzer Studio software that enable customized function ranges for specific use cases. The Studio Entry Edition offers the ability to analyze the traffic on one CAN or LIN channel, and can be combined with the Optolyzer Studio GUI and the Microchip CAN Bus Analyzer tool. Also available is the Optolyzer Studio Foundation CL Edition, which provides capabilities for testing and analyzing network traffic over CAN and LIN systems with synchronous time stamps in one GUI (graphical user interface). A follow-up release planned for later this year will add the ability to combine with the Microchip LIN Serial Analyzer.

“With today’s launch of the CAN-LIN editions of our Optolyzer Studio, it’s time to rethink the usability and efficiency of automotive network tools,” said Matthias Karcher, K2L’s senior manager. “The idea behind this software is to provide the automotive market with a single solution that reduces complexity and cost, and shortens time-to-market, for all activities related to test and simulation. It also covers all of the requirements for conducting analysis and verification, helping to ensure quality from the earliest design stages to full production.”

Optolyzer Studio GUI

The main GUI includes a multi-view concept for synchronous data capture that is based on .NET technology. Offering efficient data-monitoring capabilities, the Trace View, the Signal Graph, the Activity View, and the Filter View are the centerpieces of these editions. The Trace View arranges the messages of different bus systems. The Signal Graph visualizes signals over the course of time; providing the user with a better understanding of what is going on in the system. With the help of the Activity View, users can create their own tasks by generating messages and setting bookmarks with a synchronous time stamp. They can also make use of graphical programming capabilities to define complex procedures, including special timing behavior inside the GUI.

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