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Miniature Embedded Cortex-M7 Module for IIot Applications Supports up to Three CAN FD Ports

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TQMa117xL - Embedded Cortex-M7 module based on i.MX RT1170 with Real-Time Functionality

TQ announced their TQMa117xL system-on-chip (SOC) module to develop space-saving and energy-efficient control systems. The board supports up to three CAN FD interfaces.

The module uses the power of the NXP i.MX RT1170 MCU. It comes a compact size of 31 mm x 31 mm (1.2 " x 1.2") and supplies all CPU signals via a total of 277 LGA (Land Grid Array) pads. The module utilizes LP-SDRAM, Quad-SPI-NOR flash, and EEPROM memory. Furthermore, there is an optional security chip and a PMIC (power management IC). Thanks to the processor's versatility and the power dissipation of less than 1 W, the module design offers numerous application prospects for IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) applications. A variety of interfaces include CAN FD, Ethernet, USB, UART, SD card, GPIOs, audio ports, etc. The module, as well as the corresponding mainboard, is now available in series production.

The recent generation of the NXP i.MX RT processor family, called Crossover MCU, bridges the gap between CPU and MCU. Hence, it blends energy efficiency and performance with fast and high-performance interfaces. In addition, they implement the peripherals of application processors and deliver a high level of integration, including high-speed interfaces, improved security functions, and hardware support for graphical applications. As a result, current MCU users can continue to use their existing tools.

Furthermore, using the MCU technology, the i.MX-RT products may eliminate the need for an on-chip flash, thus reducing costs and enabling the operation at a higher clock frequency to improve processor performance.

The module provides interfaces to measure the room temperature, connect a touch display, and display information. Thus, it fits smart homes and building automation, e.g., climate, lighting, and access control. The module also supports industrial controller applications implemented on a real-time operating system (e.g., Free RTOS) for display systems, motor controllers, actuators, etc.

  • Display up to WXGA (1280x800) @60 fps
  • Up to 3 CAN FD
  • Integrated Cortex®-M7
  • High-speed communication via 2x Gbit Ethernet (1x TSN/1xAVB), and 2x USB 2.0 interface
  • Low power consumption (typ. 1 W)
  • Integrated security functions

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Teensy 4.0 CAN FD to USB Converter

Teensy 4.0 CAN FD to USB Converter

This board uses the Teensy 4.0 as a CAN FD to USB converter. The Teensy 4.0 comes with a high-speed 480Mbit/s USB HS interface. The MCP2558FD CAN FD transceiver is rated up to 8Mbps with silent mode under control via software or hardware link.

The MCP2557/8FD is a Microchip Technology Inc. high-speed CAN transceiver/CAN Flexible Data Rate Transceiver with Silent Mode. The devices meet and exceed CAN FD specification requirements in addition to the latest Automotive OEM requirements.

The Teensy 4.0 features an ARM Cortex-M7 processor at 600 MHz, with a NXP iMXRT1062 chip. It can be programmed using the Arduino IDE with Teensyduino add-on.

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Raspberry Pi Compute Module With CAN FD for Automation and IoT Applications

Kontron announced the release of their Pi-Tron CM4 computer with Linux OS, which utilizes the fourth-generation Raspberry Pi compute module with the 1,5-GHz, 64-bit Broadcom BCM2711 chip and four Arm Cortex-A72 processors. The computer’s steel housing allows for universal use, e.g., for automation and IoT (Internet of Things) applications. Depending on the variant, it provides a 1-GiB, 2-GB, [...]

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Arduino Portenta H7 - Dual-Core STM32 Processor Board with Two CAN FD Ports and Support for Arduino IoT Cloud

The Portenta H7's central processor is represented by the dual-core STM32H747, including a Cortex M7 at 480 MHz and a Cortex M4 at 240 MHz. The two cores intercommunicate through a Remote Procedure Call mechanism that seamlessly enables calling functions on the other processor. Both processors share on-chip peripherals and can run Arduino Sketches on the Arm [...]

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DIN Rail Ethernet to CAN/CAN FD Interface Supports SAE J1939, NMEA 2000, CANopen

Kvaser introduced their DIN Rail SE410S-X10 Ethernet-to-CAN(FD) multi-channel interface with additional I/O support through add-on modules.Kvaser supplies advanced CAN Bus solutions to engineers designing and deploying systems in areas as wide-ranging as trucks and buses, petrol-driven and electric cars, industrial automation, avionics, construction equipment, building automation, domestic appliances, marine, medical, military, railway, telecoms, textiles and more.The [...]

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Programmable Six-Channel Classical CAN And CAN FD Router Supports I/O And Data Logging

The Six-Channel PCAN-Router Pro FD by PEAK Systems connects the data traffic of modern CAN FD and classic CAN Bus networks. Pluggable CAN Bus transceiver modules provide universal adaptation for each CAN-Bus channel to match their individual requirements. In addition, the router comes with an analog input and four digital I/Os. The CAN Bus data traffic can [...]

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Four Channel CAN Bus to USB Gateway Using The Arduino Due

In the past, I frequently received inquiries regarding the availability of a four-channel CAN Bus gateway. Such devices exist in the marketplace; however, they are usually costly, and, after all, they don't support easy customization or programming. While we at Copperhill Technologies have the ability to create such a gateway, this is primarily a matter [...]

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Embedded ARM Modules For IoT Applications Support Two CAN FD Ports

The TQMax4xxl modules by TQ Systems represent an LGA (Land Grid Array) based on the Sitara AM243x microcontroller and the AM64xx processor with up to six cores from Texas Instruments. Possible applications include servo motor controllers (for robotics), industrial gateways, data collectors, and small edge servers in production, providing data for the cloud. The module size of [...]

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ESP32 Project: CAN Bus, SAE J1939, NMEA2000 Converter With IoT Functionality

It was just a few weeks ago that I received some bad news. Due to the worldwide shortage of electronic components, the NXP LPC1754 processor we use for our SAE J1939 ECU Simulator with USB Port will not be available for several months, maybe even well into 2022. Consequently, it was time to rethink the design, and [...]

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SAE J1939 vs. CAN Bus - What's the Difference?

To say it upfront, the difference between SAE J1939 and CAN Bus (Classical CAN and CAN FD) has all to do with so-called "Higher Later Protocols (HLP)," and SAE J1939 is one of them. I have written a post about HLPs (see: Guide to SAE J1939 - CAN Bus Higher Layer Protocols), but I would like [...]

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Telematics Gateway With SAE J1939 Data Logging For Predictive Maintenance Of Diesel Engines

The Telematics Gateway from iWave represents a vehicle diagnostics system for monitoring critical vehicle parameters from any place. The device supports four CAN Bus interfaces, including CAN FD, and is suitable for heavy-duty trucks, off-road vehicles, emergency vehicles, and vessels.The gateway utilizes parameters such as location, working duration, engine performance, and engine parameters that require continuous [...]

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