PC Interfaces

Enable PC-based or embedded analysis and control
of CAN, CAN FD and LIN based systems.

Ixxat PC interfaces are used in a wide range of applications, either in test benches to connect the devices to be tested to the test computer or as a control interface in production or handling systems.  

The drivers for Windows (VCI), Linux and real-time operating systems (ECI), included in the scope of supply, have an identical programming interface for all interfaces and enable a quick and easy switch between cards without adaptation to the customer's application. Thus, the optimum interface in terms of area of application, performance requirements or target unit costs can be selected at any time.

Automotive PC Interfaces

Standardized APIs

Passthru J2534 and D-PDU-API enabling usage with various third party applications


Tool support

From the included canAnalyser Mini over the powerful CanEasy to third party analyzing/testing applications


One board, many protocols

Up to four CAN, CAN FD and LIN channels on one board, easy expandable by parallel operation 


Active CAN FD Interface for PCI Express

1-4 x CAN FD, CAN (High-Speed), LIN

With the CAN-IB640/PCIe HMS offers a CAN FD interface board based on a modern and highly modular architecture concept. The interface is available with up to four CAN channels. Each channel can send and receive either CAN FD or CAN 2.0A/B messages. In addition four LIN channels are available.

Order codes: 1.01.0245.42012


Features and benefits

  • Active card with 32 bit microcontroller
  • Up to four CAN channels (High-Speed CAN or CAN FD)
  • Four LIN channels
  • All fieldbuses accessible via two D-Sub-9 connections
  • Single Lane (x1) PCI-Express-Interface
  • Galvanic isolation of the CAN interface
  • Common driver interface support for all Ixxat CAN and CAN FD interfaces allows easy change of the PC interface type
  • Powerful programming interface for Windows "VCI" and "ECI" for Linux and VxWorks


The CAN-IB640/PCIe is an active interface board which fulfills even high reqirements in data pre-processing, like intelligent data handling and active filtering of the received and transmitted messages.


Technical specifications

PC bus interface PCI Express base specification, Rev 1.1, single lane port (x1)
LIN bus voltage -18 V to +50 V (short circuit proof)
VBATLIN 5.5 V to 30 V
Operating temperature range 0 °C to +70 °C
Storage temperature range -40 °C to +85 °C
Galvanic isolation 1 kV, 1 sec.
Relative humidity 10 % to 90 %, no condensation
CAN propagation delay With electrical isolation typically 6 ns, max. 10 ns
CAN bit rates CAN: 10 kbit/s to 1 Mbit/s   
CAN FD bit rates Arbitration rate up to 1000 kBit/s, data rate up to 8000 kbit/s. The data rates are verified by tests. User-defined bit rates are possible.
Attention: The maximum data rate can be exceeded depending on the concrete operating conditions (cable length, settings made, remote stations,...), but it can also not be reached.
LIN bit rates Up to 20 kbit/s
Power supply Via PCIe socket (3.3 V DC)
Current consumption Typ. 500 mA
Dimensions 64 x 127 mm
Weight Approximately 69 g

Contents of delivery

  • PC/CAN interface card, manual
  • CAN driver VCI for Windows 10 (32/64) / Windows 7 (32/64) (older versions on request)
  • Simple CAN monitor "canAnalyser Mini"
  • ECI driver can be downloaded from the webpage

Order number

1.01.0245.42012 CAN-IB640/PCIe PC/CAN interface board

Application examples – How PC interfaces are used

Mobile USB-to-CAN interface for easy CAN (FD) bus access enabling configuration, service and analysis

Access for configuration and analysis

Powerful CAN (FD) plug-in boards enable connection of test/simulation system to automotive bus systems or devices

Connection of automotive test systems

Wireless connection to automotive bus systems for flexible analysis, configuration and test

Wireless access for mobile devices

Feature table – fieldbus support and options
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 CAN Interface
Type On-board
LIN Further
 CANnector Ethernet/USB 8 4 2 WiFi/EtherCAT
 CAN-IB640/PCIe PCIe 1-4 1-4 1-4
 CAN-IB600/PCIe PCIe 1-2 1-2
 CAN-IB500/PCIe PCIe 1 1
 CAN-IB200/PCIe PCIe option 1-4 1-4 0-4 Low Profile
PCIe option 1-4 1-4 Low Profile
 CAN-IB520/PCIe Mini PCIe Mini


 CAN-IB120/PCIe Mini PCIe Mini option 1-2
 CAN-IB630/PCIe 104 PCIe 104

 CAN-IB230/PCIe 104 PCIe 104 2/4 0-1 0-1
 CAN-IB130/PCIe 104 PCIe 104 1-2
2 0-2 2 0-2
 CAN-IB410/PMC PMC 2-4 2-4 0-2
1-4 1-4


 USB-to-CAN FD  USB 1-2
1-2 1
 USB-to-CAN V2  USB 1-2 0-1 0-1
 USB-to-CAN V2 Plugin  USB 1-2 0-1 0-1
 simplyCAN  USB 1

 CAN@net NT 200/420 Ethernet 2-4

 CAN@net NT 100 Ethernet 1

 CAN@net II/VCI Ethernet 1
 CANblue II  Bluetooth 1


Software support for the Ixxat PC interfaces
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VCI for PC Interfaces

Passthru J2534

Optionally, the Ixxat PC interfaces do support the PassThru (SAE J2534) API, enabling easy connection to various software testing applications being used in the after sales support of passenger vehicles.  


Optionally, the Ixxat PC interfaces do support the D-PDU-API (ISO 22900-2) under Windows and Linux enabling usage with various third party applications supporting this standard. 

Order Number
License D-PDU-API 1.02.0280.00000
canAnalyser Mini

Analysis tools
canAnalyser Mini and CanEasy

Besides the canAnalyser Mini, which is part or the VCI driver package (free of charge), the interfaces are also supported by the powerful analysis/simulation solution CanEasy.

Learn more about the CanEasy

software support by Interface Type

 CAN Interface
Socket CAN
CANopen API LabView LabWindows






 CAN-IB520/PCIe Mini

 CAN-IB120/PCIe Mini

 CAN-IB630/PCIe 104

 CAN-IB230/PCIe 104

 CAN-IB130/PCIe 104






 USB-to-CAN V2

 USB-to-CAN V2 Plugin

 simplyCAN ✔*


 CAN@net NT 100/200/420



 CANblue II


O = with "generic" mode       
** = on Request
* = no driver installation required under latest Windows and Linux OS



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