Ixxat (Germany) has extended its FRC-EP series with the FRC-EP170. It’s a hardware platform for the test benches or vehicles. This includes gateway and restbus simulation applications.
THESE DEVICES FEATURE CAN, CAN FD, Flexray, LIN, K-line, USB, Ethernet, Ethercat, Bluetooth, and RS232 interfaces, along with analog and digital I/Os. Expansion slots make adding other interfaces possible, including WLAN, GSM, or GPS. This makes the devices scalable and adaptable to specific applications. Because of the large number of identical interfaces and its galvanic isolation and extended scalability, the primary target application of the product is integration with test benches in the automotive communications world.
With this product, the company has introduced a different variant of the FRC-EP190. Both devices have the same processor and the same operating system, making the new variant completely software-compatible. The platform was developed for use in vehicles. Its main application areas are gateway solutions for connection to different ECU integration levels, prototype controllers, expansion of data loggers with additional interfaces, and wireless signal display using off-the-shelf mobile phones or tablet PCs.
Demanding restbus simulation and gateway solutions can be implemented based on either device, using the corresponding software packages from the company. There are also extensive development packages available for the development of specific solutions. Customers can implement application-specific functions in-house thanks to the use of the Linux operating system and the availability of a free software development kit.
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