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4-channel CAN bus router is freely programmable Up to now, PEAK System’s PCAN-Router Pro, a 4-channel router for the CAN bus, could only be operated with the provided standard firmware and be configured through Windows software. With the now released development package, users can develop their own firmware in C and C++. The package contains a selection of programming examples which serve as starting points for development. The library for accessing the device’s resources as well as the Yagarto GNU ARM toolchain form the development environment. Using the Windows software PCAN-Flash, Once completed the firmware is transferred to the PCAN-Router Pro via CAN by means of the PCAN-Flash software running under Windows. All new devices starting from serial number 100 are programmable. Customers can download the development package from the PEAK-System website for free. Together with the release of the development package for the PCAN-Router Pro, the tool chains for the PCAN-Router and PCAN-RS-232 products were also shifted to Yagarto in order to support current development standards. Peak System www.peak-system.com M8 shielded connector range targets Ethernet applications The Binder range of M8 shielded cable connectors has been extended to accommodate cables up to 6 to 8mm so that they can be used with Ethernet cables. Until now, this popular range of connectors could only accommodate cables up to 5.5mm diameter but a new, wider cable gland extends the application area to include industrial Ethernet and other applications requiring larger diameter cables. Protected to IP67 when mated, Binder M8 connectors are available in three and four pole male and female format and have a shielded, nickel-plated brass connector body and goldplated brass male and bronze female contacts. Termination is via a secure screw clamp and the rated current is 4A. The connectors have a life in excess of 100 mating cycles. Binder www.binder-connector.co.uk Multiple media connector supports up to 32 single connections Eisele’s MULTILine connectors are available for compressed air, vacuum or fluids, as well as a multiple media version. Electrical connections can also be integrated. Eisele has now extended the product range with the addition of a 32-line connector for maximum flexibility in connecting compressed air and vacuum lines. The 1800 series includes connections for compressed air, vacuum and fluids, ensuring full flow without pressure losses. The practical quick-connectors feature a positioning pin to prevent incorrect connections. Bundling of four to twelve hoses in one plug-in connection facilitates installation considerably. Up to 32 lines with an outer diameter of four millimetres can now be securely connected with only one interface. In addition, versions with 16 and 22 connections for hoses with an outer diameter of six millimetres are available. Multiple connectors facilitate installation, maintenance and retrofitting of machines, systems and assemblies. The multiple connectors are manufactured from anodised aluminium. The seals are made of fluoro-elastomer (FPM) and are highly resistant to extreme temperatures as well as chemicals. 32-line MULTILine connectors can be used in a temperature range from -20 to +120ºC. The permissible working pressure range is from -0.95 to 16 bar. Special stainless steel versions can be used in the food processing industry. Multiple media connectors and connectors for use with fluids open up many flexible areas of application. It is also possible to combine up to eight compressed air hoses with three to 26 electric lines in one interface. Köhler + Partner GmbH www.koehler-partner.de Interface box connects to CAN and Ethernet Vector is introducing a compact Ethernet/CAN Interface with USB. Developers in the automotive and aerospace industries will benefit from simultaneous access to CAN networks and Ethernet-based systems such as Broad-R-Reach or AFDX with just one interface. The new VN5610 device can be used in a broad range of tasks from residual bus simulations to Ethernet monitoring and synchronization of Ethernet frames with other bus systems such as CAN. In particular, developers will benefit from highly precise time stamps with a common time base for synchronizing the various systems. The VN5610 bus Interface provides two separate channels for Ethernet and CAN, which enables simultaneous operation of a remaining bus simulation with the CANoe. IP or CANalyzer.IP Vector tools. While two High-Speed CAN channels are available in the CAN section, the Ethernet section supports Broad-R-Reach and standard Ethernet IEEE 802.3 (100BASE-TX or 1000BASE-T). The advantage here is that the user can connect existing standard Ethernet loggers and accessories when used as an Ethernet media converter. In what is known as Ethernet monitoring, the new Interface offers a transparent connection (in/out/monitor) between two nodes with precise time stamps. In the interplay of the new VN5610 with the Vector tools CANoe.AFDX or CANalyzer. AFDX, it is now possible to access the Ethernet-based AFDX® protocol that is widely used in the aerospace industry. The new Interface can also readily handle the new CAN FD standard with its reconfigurable FPGA hardware architecture, and it rounds out the new VN5610 product range. Vector www.vector.com/vn5610 www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe September 2013 25


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