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    CAN in Automation organizes seminars in Nuremberg (Germany). Attendees receive detailed information on CAN/CAN FD and CANopen.
  • Call for papers

    CiA, the international users and manufacturers group for CAN, will organize the 16th iCC in Nuremberg (DE), March 7 - 8, 2017.
  • CAN 2020: The future of CAN technology

    CiA has announced a new activity called CAN 2020. This event is all about the future of CAN FD, CANopen FD, J1939 on CAN FD, etc.

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Mapping of J1939 to CAN FD

CiA has released the CiA 602-2 specification internally as a Draft Standard Proposal (DSP). It describes the mapping of J1939 and other commercial vehicle communication standards to CAN FD data frames.

CiA 602-2 mainly specifies how to map the existing J1939 parameter groups to CAN FD data frames with data fields up to 64 byte. The basic idea is simple: The 8-bit J1939 source address is mapped into the CAN identifier. The CAN FD data field contains multiple so-called C-PDUs (contained protocol data unit). The C-PDU itself is structured using a 32-bit header and a payload of up to 60 byte. The type of C-PDU is indicated by a type-of-service information given in the header. Most important is the J1939 C-PDU, which provides the J1939 PDUS and J1939 PDUF information as well as an 8-bit payload length indication in the header. This approach complies with Autosar requirements.

Today, the J1939 parameter group is restricted to a length of 8 byte. CiA 602-2 allows adding an optional safety and security field or a combination of both. In the future, J1939 parameter groups with other lengths could also be defined, but this will not be the job of CiA. The CiA 602-2 protocol has already been approved in a practical test by Vector and ZF in a real truck.

A more detailed article has been published in the June 2016 issue of the CAN Newsletter. The CiA 602-2 specification is available to all CiA members. OEMs may request a personalized copy by email (service(at)can-cia.org).

CAN FD standards and recommendations

Since end of last year, the second edition of ISO 11898-1 is published. It standardizes the CAN FD protocol as well as the Classical CAN protocol. The standard contains what the chipmakers need to implement the protocols in silicon.

The transceiver chips qualified for bit-rates of 1 Mbit/s and higher are standardized in ISO 11898-2:2016. ISO will publish the document within the next months. Additionally, ISO will release conformance test plans for ISO 11898-1:2015 (ISO 16845-1) and for high-speed CAN transceivers (ISO 16845-2). Both test standards will be available by end of the year.

However, implementing CAN (FD) controller and CAN transceivers is just one part of the story. Device (ECU) and network design rules, recommendations, and specifications are needed to make life easier for CAN users. CiA develops the CiA 601 series providing recommendations for node and network designs. CiA 601-2, recommendation for CAN controller host interfaces, is close to be released. The CiA 603 document is intended to harmonize the time stamping of Classical CAN and CAN FD messages.

SAE has developed the J2284-4 and J2284-5 recommended practices for passenger cars. Part 4 specifies a CAN line topology for 500 kbit/s (arbitration) and 2 Mbit/s (dataphase). Part 5 is suitable for dataphase bit-rates up to 5 Mbit/s and a point-to-point communication. These documents are guidelines for OEMs and Tier 1 supplier.

CiA works on the CiA 602 series for commercial vehicles and off-highway vehicles. Part 2 specifies the mapping of J1939 parameter groups to CAN FD frames. The network design including the physical layer is not yet finalized.

In general, the CiA technical groups need to know the requirements for the desired CAN FD networks – from members and non-members. Please feel free to contact us by email service(at)can-cia.org.

CiA provides ISO WG convener

Now, CiA provides the convener for the ISO TC22 SC31 WG4 (automotive applications) and for the ISO TC22 SC31 WG3 (in-vehicle networks). More info: headquarters(at)can-cia.org.

CleANopen published as EN/DIN report

The CiA 422 application profile for refuse collecting vehicles has been released as technical report by CEN (EN 16815) and DIN 30765. >> More details.

CiA 602-2 released

The mapping of J1939 messages to CAN FD frames is specified in the recently released CiA 602-2 document. It also references to other higher-layer protocols mapped to CAN FD frames. More info: headquarters(at)can-cia.org.

Further community news


In the June issue we focus on CANopen. There are two articles about small drives from Faulhaber and Maxon Motor as well as an article about using CANopen instead of analog signals. But there are also other topics such as CAN FD. We report about flexible diagnosis for it, the new dynamic parameters of this standard, and also about the last CAN FD plugfest where robustness has been tested. Two other articles describe enabling IoT connectivity for CAN and CAN security with hidden key generation. Downlaod the full magazine to discover all articles.

Highly hyperlinked

If you are looking for CAN-related products, you could visit the CAN Newsletter Online and the CiA Product Guide. Both publications provide brief product information. The product guides are structured according to a nomenclature in order to make it as easy as possible to find the desired product information. The online magazine reports recently launched CAN products.

If you would like to be informed on published news in any of CiA’s media, we recommend subscribing to CiA’s Weekly Telegraph, distributed by email.