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National Instruments Expands High-Performance CAN Communication to NI CompactDAQ and CompactRIO

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National Instruments Aust & NZ  introduces the NI 9862 C Series high-speed controller area network (CAN) module to the NI-XNET family of high-performance interfaces designed to communicate with embedded networks.  

The new CAN module expands the NI-XNET family to the NI CompactDAQ and CompactRIO hardware platforms and introduces CAN support to NI CompactDAQ.  

Recognised as the standard in-vehicle automotive network, CAN is used in a variety of industries including public transportation, avionics, farm/forest machinery, medical devices, military systems and industrial automation.  

Using the new CAN module, engineers can develop applications such as: 

  • In-vehicle networks monitoring and logging
  • Portable ECU calibration
  • In-vehicle diagnostics (monitoring and logging)
  • Device validation with synchronised DAQ

Providing sustained transfer rates up to 1 Mbit/s, the NI 9862 CAN module includes similar advantages of other NI-XNET PCI and PXI interfaces such as hardware-accelerated messaging, onboard frame processing and communication with 100% bus loads without dropped frames.  

The NI CompactDAQ platform provides portable CAN communication with the availability of 4-slot and 8-slot USB or Ethernet chassis. NI CompactDAQ is compatible with more than 50 other NI C Series I/O modules, and the NI 9862 high-speed CAN module can be synchronised with other I/O modules in the same chassis.  

NI CompactDAQ’s modular design combined with seamless integration with NI LabVIEW graphical programming software enhances ease of use and facilitates a faster time-to-measurement solution. 

Key features of the NI-XNET family: 

  • Offers a common programming interface for multiple automotive networks such as CAN, LIN and FlexRay
  • NI-XNET interfaces enable engineers to develop applications for prototyping, simulating and testing these networks easily in LabVIEW, LabVIEW Real-Time and ANSI C/C++
  • Interfaces combine the performance and flexibility of low-level microcontroller interfaces with the speed and power of Windows and LabVIEW Real-Time OS development
  • Interfaces can be easily integrated into desktop real-time PCs and real-time PXI systems
  • CAN interfaces offer integrated database support for importing, editing and using frames and signals from FIBEX, .DBC and .NCD files
  • CAN module includes intuitive software tools and APIs to accelerate development efforts

The CAN module allows the same code to be used across PXI, PCI, NI CompactDAQ (USB and Ethernet) and CompactRIO hardware systems for additional time savings, making it possible for engineers to standardise their CAN applications for a variety of settings and application areas.  

Engineers also can use the module with the CompactRIO platform and conduct rapid prototyping more easily using a common programming interface comparable to other NI-XNET CAN interfaces such as PCI and PXI.  

The module also has a native, built-in functionality for common CAN communication applications in NI VeriStand, an out-of-the-box software solution for configuring real-time testing applications such as hardware-in-the-loop testing and test cell applications.

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