Intelligent CAN Module with Bluetooth interface

July 16, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Ixxat has introduced the CANblue II, a CAN module that connects wirelessly to a PC via Bluetooth. It is designed for servicing and accessing CAN systems that are otherwise difficult to access. Depending on the space limitations, the maximum distance between the CANblue II and the PC/notebook can be up to 300 m.

The bridge mode allows the user to set-up a CAN-Bluetooth-CAN bridge by using two CANblue II devices. Message exchange occurs on layer 2 and is transparent. The device can also be used in systems with CANopen, DeviceNet or customer-specific protocols. CAN-ID filters can be set for data exchange via Bluetooth. Using more than 2 CANblue devices, multiple busses can be linked with each other.

In the ASCII/Binary protocol mode mode, functions for transmitting and receiving CAN messages and for configuring the CANblue II are available to the user, based on simple ASCII commands and optimized CAN binary messages. The CANblue II is ideal for "non-Windows" systems or embedded platforms.

Because it is supported by the VCI CAN driver, the CANblue II can be operated with all IXXAT tools and with customer-specified programs. In addition, wireless access to CAN systems via Bluetooth can also be easily achieved with existing VCI-based application programs and tools.

Product highlights include quick start-up and connection, high transmission range, low latency transmission, high data throughput and flexible configuration options.

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