Interface device connects 5 CAN buses to one USB channel

February 03, 2015 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
The Memorator Pro 5xHS from Swedish vendor Kvase AB eases the work of test engineers in automotive and industrial environments: The data concentrator connects multiple CAN buses to a data logger or similar downstream device through a single USB channel. What's more, it synchronises the data transmitted and received across all five CAN buses - and it also synchronises with other Kvaser interfaces that are connected to the same PC.

The Memorator has a 26 pin HD DSUB that connects to a splitter with five 9 pin DSUBs, and one USB connector that links to any USB port on a host computer. Only one USB port needs to be allocated when monitoring multiple CAN buses, reducing the need for an external hub in many applications.

A special feature of the 5-channel Memorator Professional is its ability to run user scripts. Like other Kvaser’s products such the Eagle interface and data logger, the Memorator Pro 5xHS’s script functionality allows users to develop customised applications written in the Kvaser t programming language. Examples of such applications are CAN protocol converters and gateways as well as CAN logging functionality. Application-specific scripts for this device will also be available from Kvaser’s network of technical associates, who contribute their respective domain expertise. As such, this device is designed to appeal to engineers in industries as broad ranging as automotive development, machine control and industrial network connectivity.

When connected to a host computer, the Memorator is by default switched to interface mode whereas when connected only to CAN, it is in data logger mode. Power is derived from the USB connection, CAN and an in-built power supply. A firmware upgrade for CAN Flexible Date Rate (CAN FD) can be expected soon.

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