Electronic Design

Driver Software Synchronizes Data Between CAN And DAQ

Engineers and scientists seeking to synchronize data between controller area network (CAN) in-vehicle data frames and analog/digital signals from any National Instruments' DAQ interface can now use NI-CAN 1.4 driver software. It lets National Instruments CAN boards send and receive synchronized information through the DAQ interfaces across the company's real-time system integration (RTSI) bus. With RTSI, a single interface card can control one or more slave devices for synchronized applications.

NI-CAN software is packaged with the company's hardware. Together, they transform a standard computer into a CAN interface with complete communications and bus-management capabilities. The software includes a device driver, a diagnostic test utility, a configuration utility, example programs that use NI-CAN functions, firmware, and language-interface libraries for National's Measurement Studio and LabView.

CAN is a digital data-communications network originally developed as an efficient low-cost solution for industrial, medical, embedded, and portable applications. It serves producer-consumer data transmission and multimaster capabilities using desktop, industrial, and portable computers.

National Instruments, 11500 N. Mopac Expwy., Austin, TX 78759-3505; (512) 794-0100; www.natinst.com.

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