Interface connects FlexRay to PC

September 23, 2014 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
To meet the growing demand for small, portable vehicle bus / PC interfaces capable of operating without separate power supply, ETAS GmbH has developed the ES583 FlexRay USB module. The product complements ETAS' existing offerings for CAN bus interfaces.

The ES583 interface can be used to collect ECU measurement, calibration, and diagnostic data as well as to reprogram an ECU's flash memory via FlexRay bus. Here, a second internal FlexRay node is responsible for initiating communication with the bus node connected. This makes it possible, for instance, to flash an individual ECU on the lab bench – away from the FlexRay environment the unit is connected to in the vehicle.

To ensure that the ES583 module can be easily integrated into software tools provided by third-party suppliers, the ETAS EBI-IP ECU and Bus Interfaces Integration Package comes with an open interface.

The ES583 is fully integrated with ETAS' INCA software diagnosis and verifying tool suite. For maximum safety, it offers galvanic isolation of FlexRay interface and PC. Through an open program interface, it can be integrated into existing or future software tools.

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