Commander and responder

CiA and SAE have agreed to use “commander” and “responder” instead of “master” respectively ”slave” in combination with “network”, “device”, and “node”. Both organizations are committed to use inclusive language in their specifications.

DIN reviews 14700-1

DIN, the German standardization body, reviews the DIN 14700-1 (FireCAN) standard regarding the usage of COB-IDs. The standard is based on CANopen with some changes. It is intended for firefighting-specific add-on devices. More than 10 different devices are standardized.

731 CiA members

The nonprofit association has now 731 members. About 400 provide devices, some 200 supply sub-systems, and about 80 are technology enablers.

DIN working group on J1939

Beginning of next year, the DIN working group (WG) on J1939 will be chaired by Holger Zeltwanger. The WG discusses about J1939-based standards dedicated to road vehicles.

New version of J1939DA

SAE International has released its quarterly update of the J1939 Digital Annex specifying parameter groups (PG) and suspect parameters (SP). Manufacturer IDs and global source addresses (SA) are provided, too.

CAN FD Light

The SIG CAN FD Light has made progress in specifying a dedicated CAN FD protocol implementation for simple network applications such as in smart lighting sub-systems. Of course, it can also be used for other applications.

CiA 401 review

The SIG generic I/O updates the CiA 401 profile for modular I/Os. It is intended to split the profile into a communication technology independent part and parts specifying the CANopen respectively CANopen FD mapping.

CIM subscription

The free-of-charge CAN Info Mail (CIM), a monthly email service, informs subscribers about CAN-related news and CiA activities. If you would like to subscribe to the CAN Info Mail please send an email to mail(at)

CANopen Lift technology day

In October, the CiA technology day with the topic CANopen in lift applications (CiA 417) took place. More than 40 participants were part of the event.

CANopen FD webinar

On October 14, the webinar „CANopen FD – status and future” takes place. It is free of charge. Interested parties can register here.