Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Interfaces for CAN.

HMS has extended its CAN FD product portfolio by introducing several new IXXAT® CAN FD products, including new PC interfaces, bridges/routers, gateways and analysis tools.

The IXXAT PC interfaces for CAN FD and CAN are typically used for control, monitoring, analysis or configuration purposes. HMS now introduces the IXXAT USB-to-CAN FD — a new USB-connected version which is ideal for mobile analysis and configuration. More interface standards will soon be supported, as IXXAT CAN FD versions for Mini PCIe, PCIe 104, XMC and PMC are currently being developed (CAN FD on PCIe is already supported by the existing IXXAT CAN-IB 500/PCIe and CAN-IB 600/PCIe).

Thanks to the wide range of form factors, IXXAT CAN FD interfaces can be easily adapted to various applications. Depending on the version, the CAN FD interfaces offer up to two CAN FD and up to four CAN channels. Customers can also optionally choose galvanic decoupling or add other available interfaces, for example for LIN network connectivity. All CAN FD interfaces come with free-of-charge driver packages – VCI for Windows as well as ECI for Linux and real-time operating systems (VxWorks and RTX for CAN FD and CAN, INtime and QNX for CAN). The driver packages support all IXXAT PC interfaces with a uniform programming interface. Thanks to this, CAN-users can easily change the card type without changing the customer application.

IXXAT bridges and routers enable flexible CAN FD networking
With the new IXXAT CANbridge NT 420, HMS is introducing the world's first bridge/router with CAN and CAN FD support within one DIN rail mounted product. Using the CANbridge NT 420, system integrators can increase the length of their systems, apply filter and translation rules for the message transmission, as well as to de-couple CAN FD and CAN systems.

HMS now also launches the IXXAT CAN@net NT 420 Ethernet-to-CAN FD gateway, which can be used to enable network coupling over large distances via Ethernet (operating as a bridge), as well as to connect PCs or embedded controllers to CAN FD systems via Ethernet.

The IXXAT CANbridge NT and CAN@net NT are configured and managed through an easy-to-use Windows application. By using IXXAT repeaters and bridges, customers can benefit from increased system reliability and versatile networking. Both star and tree network topologies are allowed, as well as galvanic protection of network segments.

IXXAT canAnalyser now also for CAN FD
The IXXAT canAnalyser is a Windows-based analysis tool for CAN – and now also CAN FD. It targets developers and service technicians who are developing or commissioning CAN FD devices and systems. Besides online display and analysis of CAN FD raw data or interpreted signals, the canAnalyser offers flexible message transmission as it can send messages once, cyclically or as command-controlled sequences. Furthermore, messages can be recorded to hard disk, which enables offline analysis of the message traffic. Customer-specific functions can be achieved via a .NET interface to the product.

A free, basic version of the tool, the "canAnalyser Mini", is included with all IXXAT PC interfaces and available for download on the IXXAT webpage.

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