|Expected release date is Sep 30th 2020|
This product is under current development...
Targeted release date is September 2020. For further information, please feel free to contact us.
Let us know if you would like to participate in the development process by testing the device and providing feedback. We provide free-of-charge prototypes (See also section Hardware below).
The SAE J1939 Gateway And Data Logger is ideal for vehicle fleet management (trucks, buses, agricultural equipment, and any other diesel engine application), prototype field testing, diagnostics, or reverse engineering.
The SAE J1939 Gateway And Data Logger records SAE J1939 message frames (PGNs) onto an onboard MicroSD memory card and timestamps them with a real-time clock (RTC). Alternatively, it can be used for mere SAE J1939 data monitoring and viewing.
In record mode, the gateway reads the data traffic without being connected to a PC. A free-of-charge Windows software is available for the device setup (PGN filtering, message-sampling frequency, etc.) as well as reviewing and re-playing the SAE J1939 data.
The data file format is Microsoft-Excel-compatible (.csv), and the data file can be retrieved directly from the SD card for further processing. Alternatively, the board acts as a USB memory stick, allowing easy access per PC.
Furthermore, the data logger offers an optional feature to include GPS information attached to the data (requires additional onboard GPS sensor).
Difference Between CAN Bus and SAE J1939 Data Logger
Yes, you can use a regular CAN Bus Data Logger to record SAE J1939 data, and there are some fine products available in the marketplace. However, they can only record what they "see" on the bus; they are not able to send Request messages to obtain data such as VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), Engine Hours, Fuel Consumption, Vehicle Weight, Tire Pressure, Battery Potential, and further parameters necessary for fleet management.
Our SAE J1939 Data Logger comes with an integrated SAE J1939 protocol stack that allows the negotiation of a node address, which is needed to request information from the network. All setup information (message filtering and request messages) is easily set through our free-of-charge Windows software.
With these capabilities at hand, the device will start each data record file by inserting the VIN to assign the data to a specific vehicle. It will also store the detected CAN Bus baudrate.
- Easy configuration per Windows software
- Automatic CAN Bus baud rate detection
- Log J1939 data to 8-32GB SD card for months
- No PC connection needed for recording
- Date & Timestamp (with battery backup) for post analysis
- Supports mode for mere data monitoring without recording
- Powered per SAE J1939 diagnostics connector or USB port
- Supports silent mode, PGN filters, message-sampling frequency, and more
- Supports SAE J1939 request messages (e.g. to record VIN)
- Temperature operating range: -40...+85 C
- Input Power Range of 7 VDC to 36 VDC
- Dust and splash-water proof design
Supported SAE J1939 Features Include:
- Hardware is fully SAE J1939/1x compliant
- Switchable termination resistor
- SAE J1939/21 - Data Link Layer
- SAE J1939/81 - Network Management
- Setup of Preferred Node Address
- Adjustable Node Address Negotiation Range
- Message Filters
- Full Network Communication incl. Transport Protocol
- Design Tx Messages Incl. Transmission Rate
- Configuration of Request Responses
- Configuration of Request Messages
- Network Scanner (Creates a list of all nodes in the network)
- CAN Interface
- CAN Controller integrated in microcontroller
- Fully ISO 11898-compliant
- Supports CAN 2.0A And CAN 2.0B
- Automatic bit rate detection 250/500 kBaud
The maximum recording time depends primarily on the SD card capacity and the operation mode.
Per default, we use a 16GB SD micro card but offer options for higher capacity and/or extended temperature range.
The operating modes are:
- Diagnostics - This mode assumes the recording of selected PGNs (message filtering) for diagnostics and analysis purposes. Depending on the number of PGNs, the maximum recording time can be between 4 to 12 weeks at 8 hours/day.
- Reverse Engineering - This mode assumes the recording of the entire bus traffic. Depending on the busload, the maximum recording time will be between 5 to 15 days at 8 hours/day.
For more detailed information on this topic, see our post SAE J1939 Data Logger - SD Micro Card Capacity And Write Speed Requirements.
All materials used in this product are RoHS-compliant per EU DIRECTIVE 2011/65/EU AND AMENDMENTS.
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC, (RoHS 1), short for Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union and has become a world-wide de-facto standard.
The hardware design is based on our SAE J1939 Gateway Module With USB Port, RTC, MicroSD Memory Card. This gateway board is a high-performance, low-latency vehicle network adapter for SAE J1939 applications. It allows any host device with a USB COM port to monitor SAE J1939 data traffic and communicate with the SAE J1939 vehicle network.
The board supports the full SAE J1939 protocol according to J1939/81 Network Management (Address Claiming) and J1939/21 Transport Protocol (TP). It is also supported by an extensive programming interface for Windows and Linux/Ubuntu applications, including full C/C++/C# source code for short time-to-market developments.
The strength of the board lies in the fact that the entire SAE J1939 protocol, including all timing requirements, is stored on-chip, thus taking the burden off the main system.
The board supports a USB transfer rate of up to 480 Mbps, allowing high data throughput. Also, the onboard real-time clock supports the timestamping of the SAE J1939 data frames (PGN). Furthermore, the board comes with a MicroSD memory card slot, which opened the door to future applications such as a SAE J1939 data logger.
We have created a prototype (as shown to the right) based on the above-mentioned USB board, extended by a power-supply board that accepts a power input range of 7 VDC to 36 VDC as it applies to diesel engine operation.
The terminals for power and CAN Bus connection will be replaced by a 9-pin DSUB connector, while the USB connection will be changed from USB-mini to a USB 2.0 design to assure operation under harsh environmental conditions (dust, splash-water).
- The board size will be increased to fit the additional power supply components.
- The only external components will be the USB port and the CAN/Power Supply DSUB-9 connector.
- The USB connection will be USB 2.0 to meet the challenges of harsh environments.
- The SD card will be accessible through opening the enclosure.
- The 120 Ohm termination resistor is activated per onboard jumper.
- The board will have no LEDs to lower power-consumption (reducing battery drain).
Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
Prototypes of the production-version PCB is in the works based on the design as shown here:
The final board will be designed to fit in an off-the-shelf extruded aluminum enclosure:
- Black anodized aluminum body
- Removable black powder coated cast aluminum end caps
- Grooved exterior for faster heat removal
- Enclosures include continuous gaskets and can be used indoors or outdoors (IP66)
- 5.08 x 2.70 x 1.39 in / 129.03 x 68.58 x 35.31 mm. / 0.48 lbs
- Drawing (PDF)...
- Enclosure Flanges
- SAE J1939 to DSUB-9 cable
We are using the Amphenol Commercial MUSB Connectors for Harsh Environments, a family of USB connectors that provide the ideal solution for data transfer in harsh environments. The MUSB Connectors are IP67 rated in both mated and unmated conditions.
USB 2.0 provides a maximum serial data rate of 480 Mbit/sec, which is more than sufficient for the application at hand. The advantages of USB 2.0 over newer versions, such 3.x or USB4, are advanced resistance to vibration, dust, and moisture, as they apply in harsh environments such as offroad trucks and agricultural equipment.
CAN Bus & Power Supply
The CAN Bus and power supply connection is made via a DSUB9-M connector. In view of possible future extensions/modifications, the pinout can be modified to be compatible with SAE J1939 and OBD-II reuirements as shown below.
The gateway and data logger is supported by our free-of-charge jCOM1939 Monitor, an SAE J1939 Monitoring, Analyzer and ECU Simulation software under Windows.
Our JCOM1939 Monitor Software for Windows is a complete tool to monitor, analyze, record, and simulate SAE J1939 data traffic. It works in combination with our SAE J1939-USB gateways. The monitor software represents a comprehensive and easy-to-use, easy-to-understand tool that displays not only SAE J1939 data traffic; it also allows scanning the network, simulating an ECU (incl. full node address negotiation features), and responding to data request messages.
The Windows software is being extended to include the device setup (PGN filtering, message-sampling frequency, etc.) as well as reviewing and re-playing the SAE J1939 data.
All of the above mentioned features and characteristics reflect the original outlining. The following serves as an update log until the actual product release date:
A Comprehensible Guide to J1939
SAE J1939 has become the accepted industry standard and the vehicle network technology of choice for off-highway machines in applications such as construction, material handling, and forestry machines. J1939 is a higher-layer protocol based on Controller Area Network (CAN Bus).
It provides serial data communications between microprocessor systems (also called Electronic Control Units - ECU) in any kind of heavy duty vehicles. The messages exchanged between these units can be data such as vehicle road speed, torque control message from the transmission to the engine, oil temperature, and many more.
The information in this book is based on two documents of the SAE J1939 Standards Collection: J1939/21 - Data Link Layer J1939/81 - Network Management A Comprehensible Guide to J1939 is the first work on J1939 besides the SAE J1939 standards collection.
It provides profound information on the J1939 message format and network management combined with a high level of readability.