Extended version enables easy PC access to CAN systems via Bluetooth for control and configuration applications
IXXAT’s CANblue II is now available in an extended version. In addition to the bridge and gateway mode, the intelligent CAN/Bluetooth module comes with a new PC interface mode. The support of the Windows driver package (VCI – Virtual CAN Interface) enables easy, wireless access for PC-based applications to CAN networks. At this, both customer specific applications as well as the IXXAT analysis and configuration tools are supported.
Furthermore, the VCI driver package can be used with all other PC interfaces offered by IXXAT. This allows, depending on the application requirements, switching between the various interfaces without adaptations at the user’s application software.
Besides the new PC interface mode, the device also comes with the established generic mode which enables easy access to CAN networks for “non-Windows” systems such as embedded systems and handheld service devices. At this, the Bluetooth communication is performed using simple ASCII commands and CAN-optimized binary messages. In bridge mode, several CANblue II devices can be linked with each other for a wireless connection of different networks. This is particularly interesting in systems with mobile components or rotating parts which need to be linked by using fault-prone slip ring connections. The message exchange is performed transparently which enables the use of CANopen, DeviceNet and other customer-specific protocols.
Due to its compact design, the CANblue II can be easily integrated into existing systems. The device features an integrated antenna (optional external) and mounting holes. Its wide supply voltage range from 9 to 30 V DC, the galvanic decoupling and the extended temperature range from -40 °C to +70 °C allows its use in a variety of applications. CANblue II is designed according to the Bluetooth specification V2.1 EDR with a maximum transmission distance of 300 meters (expandable with external antenna). Depending on the spatial conditions, the device is able to handle up to 100% CAN-bus load at a CAN baudrate of 1 Mbit/s. The CAN interface is implemented in accordance with ISO 11898-2 and is equipped with a CiA 303-1 conformed Sub D9 plug. Not least, the CANblue II is available at an extremely attractive price.
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