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Powerful CAN-FD multi-channel Ixxat PC-interface for automotive test systems and industrial applications

by Frank Pastors | May 04, 2020
HMS Networks now extends 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.

Ixxat CAN IB640/PCIe

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

Performance and intelligence in focus

The CAN-IB 640/PCIe is an active PC-interface with a powerful on-board microcontroller system, which is able to read, time stamp and filter large amounts of 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.

Flexible and versatile connection to the customer PC-application

All Ixxat CAN interfaces come with extensive driver packages for Windows and Linux, including SocketCAN. The drivers allow easy and fast development of customer-specific applications, most notably since all Ixxat PCI-cards can be interfaced from the application in the same way. This enables very flexible and versatile 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 simple monitoring tool for Windows is included in the scope of delivery, but HMS also offers numerous 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, simplifying connectivity to 3rd party tools which use these standardized APIs.