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National Instruments has recently expanded its Controller Area Network (CAN) product line with two new boards.

National Instruments recently expanded its Controller Area Network (CAN) product line with the new PCI-CAN/XS software-selectable board for multiple transceiver access and the PCI-CAN/SW board for communication with single wire devices.

These boards, along with new NI-CAN 2.2 driver software and the CAN Calibration Protocol (CCP) Toolkit for National Instruments LabVIEW, simplify automotive electronics testing, Engine Control Unit (ECU) programming and system calibration.

PCI-CAN/XS is a universal CAN board that communicates with high-speed, low-speed/fault-tolerant and single-wire networks through a single port. With the PCI-CAN/XS interface, engineers can use a single PCI port to test body, powertrain and safety devices without changing hardware, which decreases development costs and speeds time to market.

The specialized PCI-CAN/SW interface communicates exclusively with single-wire networks. Both boards ship with NI-CAN 2.2 driver software, which integrates seamlessly with NI LabVIEW 7.1 Express and provides support for mode-dependent messages. Engineers can use NI-CAN 2.2 to run both CAN and DeviceNet on a single PC.

NI-CAN 2.2 also supports CCP through a new downloadable CCP Toolkit that complies with the MCD (Measurement Calibration and Diagnostics) 1MC open-standard CCP as specified by The Association for Standardization of Automation and Measuring Systems (ASAM).

With the toolkit, engineers can use CCP to communicate directly with an automotive ECU, and use the LabVIEW environment and the PXI platform to access information stored on the ECU.