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NATIONAL Instruments has expanded its family of CAN hardware to include the NI PXI-8464 software-selectable interface for multiple transceiver access and the NI PXI-8463 single-wire CAN interface.

To increase efficiency of automotive design and test and machine control, the SJA1000 CAN controller and synchronisation capabilities to the PCMCIA-CAN card have been added to the CAN line.

The PXI-8464 software-selectable interface is a universal CAN board that communicates to high-speed, low-speed/fault-tolerant and single-wire networks through a single port. This allows several types of tests to be run from a single interface, decreasing development costs and reducing time to market.

NI also offers connectivity to single-wire CAN networks through the PXI-8463 Single-Wire CAN board.

All NI CAN hardware includes good synchronisation, performance and functionality. The PCMCIA-CAN card now shares timing and triggering signals, which makes the entire family capable of CAN/data acquisition (DAQ) synchronisation for CAN device validation and data logging.

With the addition of the Philips SJA1000 CAN controller and new physical layers, the NI CAN line now supports functions such as sleep mode, wake-up mode, listen-only mode and echo mode. The NI CAN line also improves CAN bus performance by receiving up to 100% busload at up to 1Mb/s.

NI-CAN 2.1, the new driver software, is also included with NI CAN. This features configuration tools that provide access to Vector database files so engineers can easily convert raw CAN data to engineering units.

NI-CAN 2.1 integrates seamlessly with NI LabVIEW 7 Express with an easy-to-use application programming interface (API), bus monitor utility and more than 40 example programs.

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