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CAN Bus Data Loggers For Fleet Telematics, Vehicle Field Tests, Diagnostics, Predictive Maintenance

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CSS Electronics introduced their new line of CAN Bus loggers, the CANedge. The dual CAN logger records raw CAN data (incl. CAN FD) for storage on an industrial 8-32 GB SD memory card. The data is retrieved by extracting the SD card or by auto-pushing the data to a cloud server.

The new CANedge1 and CANedge2 CAN Bus data loggers consolidate professional logging specifications with ease-of-use and low costs. The devices are 100% standalone, meaning no PC is required. The devices utilize bit rate auto-detection, which allows connecting the device to your CAN bus to start logging data without baud rate setup procedures.

The CAN data is stored using the popular MDF4 format, allowing for direct integration in various CAN Bus software tools, which includes a free, open-source GUI/API that lets you edit, convert (DBC), and plot the data. It is also easy to convert the data to further formats such as *.csv, *.asc, *.mat, pandas, and other popular formats.

By applying the CANedge2, data can be automatically uploaded to an internet server via a WiFi access point (e.g., a WLAN router or 3G/4G hotspot). WiFi/server credentials are encrypted on the SD card, and data is securely transferred via HTTPS. The device uses the popular S3 interface, meaning that it directly integrates with major cloud servers (AWS, Google Cloud, Azure) - as well as free, open-source alternatives like MinIO. Server files can be managed easily via the CANcloud telematics platform as well as the S3 APIs. The device also enables easy over-the-air configuration/firmware updates.

The series is perfectly suited for fleet telematics, vehicle field tests, diagnostics, predictive maintenance, and more.

All software is 100% free and open-source - with no subscription fees or vendor lock-in. 


  • Dual high speed CAN/CAN FD channels
  • Binary MDF4 log file format (extensive software support)
  • Lossless logging at full bus load - with 50 µs RTC resolution
  • Advanced message filtering & transmit functionality
  • Silent mode, bit rate auto-detection, cyclic logging
  • Extractable 8-32 GB industrial SD card (= months of data)
  • Fast boot time. Safely disconnect during use

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PiCAN3 CAN Bus Board for Raspberry Pi 4 with 3A SMPS And RTC

PiCAN3 CAN Bus Board for Raspberry Pi 4 with 3A SMPS And RTC

The PiCAN3 board with SMPS (Switch Mode Power Supply) provides CAN-Bus capabilities for the Raspberry Pi 4. It uses the Microchip MCP2515 CAN controller with MCP2551 CAN transceiver. Connection are made via DB9 or the onboard 3 way screw terminal.

The Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) allows connecting an input voltage range of 6 VDC to 20 VDC suitable for industrial and automotive applications and environments. The SMPS will power the Raspberry Pi plus PICAN3.

There is an easy-to-install SocketCAN driver, and programming can be accomplished in C or Python.

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NXP i.MX8X System-on-Module (SoC) With Up To Three CAN FD Ports

Compulab (Israel) introduced their CL-SOM-iMX8X System-on-Module (SoM) whose processor is part of NXP’s i.MX8X System-on-Chip (SoC) family and provides three CAN FD ports. The module has been created with the vast I/O capabilities of the i.MX8X SoC in mind. Besides the three CAN FD ports, other peripheral interfaces include PCI Express, dual 1-Gbit/s Ethernet, USB ports, four UARTs, [...]

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SAE J1939 And NMEA 2000 Protocol Stack Kits For Rapid Development And Prototyping

Warwick Control Technologies (UK) announced the release of their SAE-J1939-based protocol stack kits that also support an NMEA 2000 protocol stack according to IEC 61162-3.The company's development kit provides the protocol stack in C source-code, an STM32 prototyping board, a reference design CAN Bus driver for STM32 microcontrollers, the X-Analyser tool, and the Leaf Light USB dongle by Kvaser, [...]

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In-Vehicle Fanless Embedded Computer With Isolated CAN Bus Port

Neousys (Taiwan) announced their Nuvo-7100VTC series of rugged in-vehicle computing platforms. They come in several variants: the Nuvo-7100VTC (low-profile chassis with a hot-swappable 2,5-inch HDD/ SSD tray), the Nuvo-7200VTC (single-slot with PCIe expansion), and the Nuvo-7250VTC (super-capacitor based with power back-up module). The Nuvo-7100VTC is a fanless embedded controller intended for transportation applications. It supports 8 VDC [...]

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CAN FD On A Legacy CAN Bus Network Is Not A Good Idea Due To Compatibility Issues

My book, A Comprehensible Guide to Controller Area Network, was initially published in 2005, and while the technology behind the "Classical" CAN (a tag used by CAN-In-Automation) has not changed, the growing market acceptance of CAN FD (Flexible Data Rate) made me think about working on a second edition. I am aware that CAN FD was [...]

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Embedded Application ECU For Telematic And Diagnostic Tasks With Up to Four CAN Bus Ports

Sontheim Industrie Elektronik (SiE) introduced its Comhawk xt telemetry module series for networking and data processing, which meets the latest technological standards. The connectivity and data management module is a member of the company’s Comhawk product family. Equipped with a Cortex A9 single/dual core processor and a storage capacity of up to 1 GiB RAM 64 GiB [...]

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IoT-Ready Computer-On-Module With Two CAN Bus Ports And Linux Operating System

The TS-4100 by Technologic Systems is a low power, high-performance Computer-on-Module powered by the NXP i.MX 6UltraLite ARM® Cortex®-A7 core that is running at up to 695 MHz clock frequency. The standard power consumption is approximately 300 mW with up to 1 GB RAM, 4 GB eMMC flash, 32 bit programmable off-load engine, microSD with UHS support (up to [...]

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USB-to-CAN Gateway With Isolated CAN Bus Port Supports Programming In C, C#, Python

IXXAT, a subsidiary of HMS Networks, has introduced their USB-to-CAN adapter called SimplyCAN, which allows the diagnosis, configuration, and commissioning of devices and systems operating in a CAN Bus network via an API without the need for driver installation.The CAN Bus gateway is suitable for mobile and stationary use. The CAN Bus port is galvanically isolated and accessible [...]

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CAN Bus To Profinet Gateway Operates As A Profinet IO Device

The CAN-PN gateway by esd electronics links any PROFINET-IO controller to a CAN Bus network. The gateway serves as a PROFINET-IO device with a maximum of 256 bytes of input data and 256 bytes of output data on the PROFINET bus. The CAN-PN connects CAN Bus modules with CANopen (CiA® DS 301) or layer-2 (ISO 11898-1) applications to a Profinet [...]

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PICAN2 - Raspberry Pi CAN Bus HAT Supports SocketCAN and Python Programming

The PICAN2 board provides Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus capabilities for the Raspberry Pi. It uses the Microchip MCP2515 CAN controller with MCP2551 CAN transceiver. The CAN Bus connection is via DB9 or 3-way screw terminal. The board is also available with a 5 VDC 1 Amp SMPS (Switch Mode Power Supply) that can power the Raspberry Pi via [...]

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