CAN-FD Multi-Channel Ixxat PC-Interface for Automotive Test Systems and Industrial Applications

June 18, 2020 Tiera Oliver

HMS Networks extended its Ixxat PC-interface portfolio with the multi-channel interface CAN-IB 640/PCIe that offers four channels each for CAN-FD/CAN and LIN connectivity.

Modern automotive systems and complex industrial applications often include several parallel CAN and CAN-FD networks which must be connected to test, monitoring, and/or control systems at the same time. With the multi-channel Ixxat CAN-IB 640/PCIe interface, HMS makes network connectivity and integration ideal for users.

Featuring four channels for CAN-FD/CAN and LIN connectivity, the CAN-IB 640/PCIe covers the needs of most applications with only one card. If more connectivity is required, several CAN-IB640/PCIe cards can be operated in parallel- a feature supported by all Ixxat CAN interfaces, enabling smart and scalable networking for users.

The CAN-IB 640/PCIe is an active PC-interface with an onboard microcontroller system, which is able to read, timestamp, and filter data in real-time. The network connection is done via two D-Sub 9 connectors, which are galvanically isolated to protect the interface card and the connected PC system.

All Ixxat CAN interfaces come with driver packages for Windows and Linux, including SocketCAN. The drivers allow the development of customer-specific applications, since all Ixxat PCI-cards can be interfaced from the application in the same way. This enables suitable switching between different types of Ixxat PC-interfaces, (e.g. USB, PCIe, PCIe Mini, and Ethernet, without needing to adapt the customer application software each time). A monitoring tool for Windows is included in the scope of delivery, but HMS also offers additional analysis and configuration tools for different purposes and use cases.

In addition to the proprietary driver packages, standardized APIs such as the J2534-Passthru or D-PDU API, are available as options, aiding in connectivity to 3rd party tools which use these standardized APIs.

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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