CANopen test specifications and new profiles

Nürnberg, (PresseBox) - Recently, CAN in Automation (CiA) has released the reviewed CiA 310 specification. It describes the conformance test plan for the CANopen communication profile as specified in CiA 301 version 4.0.2. This specification is the base for the CANopen certification process. In addition, the international users and manufacturers group has developed the conformance test plan for generic I/O modules compliant to CiA 401 version 3.0. A related test tool is under development.

The recently finished CiA 453 profile for power supply devices is suitable for non-programmable as well as for programmable modules. The profile supports up to eight AC or DC outputs. The user may configure simply or complex output (voltage, current, power, or frequency) profiles. The failure behavior is also configurable.

The CANopen application profile for special-purpose cars specifies an open network for add-on devices that are connected via a standardized to the in-vehicle networks. Typical add-on devices include taximeter for cabs, roof bars for police cars, or special user interfaces for handicapped drivers. Leading suppliers and the most important German carmakers participated in the development of this profile.

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