NATIONAL Instruments has released driver software that delivers controller area network (CAN) technology to PDAs.
By using the CAN for PocketPC software with the NI LabVIEW PDA module, engineers can create CAN applications and then download them to PocketPC targets. This increases the flexibility of test applications that require smaller, more portable platforms, such as mounting the PDA on the dashboard of a vehicle in automotive testing.
The software also offers portable CAN data logging that is useful for portable monitoring and control of CAN devices on the factory floor and in-vehicle data acquisition. The software can be used to implement diagnostic applications, create tools for service technicians and communicate using the NI PCMCIA-CAN card.
With NI-CAN interfaces, engineers can automate measurements in automotive, medical and embedded applications. NI-CAN interfaces for PXI, PCI and PCMCIA integrate with data acquisition, image acquisition and motion control modules by sharing timing and triggering lines. NI-CAN bus interfaces comply with the physical and electrical specifications outlined in ISO 11898. The application programming interface (API) simplifies development for synchronisation or basic network communication.