March 2018

CAN Info Mail

This monthly email is for all CAN fellows.

A word from the CiA Managing Director

At the Embedded World 2018 tradeshow, CAN FD module manufactures reported an increasing demand from the automotive markets, in particular from test system providers, Tier1s, and OEMs. First CANopen FD protocol implementations were shown on the CiA booth. The interest in CAN FD and CANopen FD was high. It seems that 2018 brings first CANopen FD devices. I hope that CiA can realize a CANopen FD network with industrial devices, e.g. I/O modules, to be shown on the SPS IPC Drives 2018. There is still a gap on “small” micro-controllers with CAN FD modules on-chip for industrial applications. NXP and ST Microelectronics pre-announced such MCUs to be introduced within this year. Bosch plans to release a new version of its CAN FD capable M_CAN core. It will provide hardware support for CiA 603 compliant time-stamping of CAN data frames (Classical CAN and CAN FD frames).


SMARC (Smart Mobility ARChitecture) form factor specification

The nonprofit SGeT (Standardization Group for embedded Technologies) association has developed the SMARC standard specifying two module sizes: 82 mm x 50 mm and 82 mm x 82 mm. The 321-pin connector reserves two pins for CAN signals (TxD and RxD). The CAN transceivers need to be mounted on the mother- respectively main-board.

CiA joint marketing activities

  • 2018-03-07: Marketing Group (MG) CANopen FD (Webex meeting) CiA is going to establish an MG regarding joint activities for CANopen FD. One of the activities will include CANopen FD plugfests and the design of an industrial CANopen FD network to be shown on the SPS IPC Drives 2018, which can be used also for interoperability tests.
  • 2018-03-13: On occasion of a “plug fest”, CiA members are testing the interoperability of their CANopen Lift devices (CiA 417).

For more information please write to headquarters(at)

CiA provided education and training (save the dates)

The following trainings and info-events are just around the corner:

  • 2018-03-20: J1939 FD (webinar)
  • 2018-04-10: CAN/CAN FD (Gothenburg, SE)
  • 2018-04-11: CANopen (Gothenburg, SE)
  • 2018-04-17: CAN/CAN FD (Verona, IT)
  • 2018-04-18: CANopen (Verona, IT)

Seminar and Webinar language is English.

Besides the scheduled seminars, CiA also offers in-house seminars with customer-tailored content. This can be also offered as Webex meeting to avoid travel expenses.

For further information write to events(at)

Next exhibition

CiA exhibits on Hannover Messe in hall 9, stand A06. The CANopen FD demonstrator is shown as well as the CANopen product wall comprising several products by CiA members.

CiA presentations

At the Embedded World 2018 conferences, CiA presented in Session 35 three papers:

If you like to receive the slides in PDF please write to service(at)

CiA publications

  • CAN Newsletter magazine
    The March 2018 issue reports about the CES tradeshow and starts an article series about embedded cyber-security.
Technical specifications and standards

  • CiA 320 (CANopen services and protocols for sleep and wake-up handling) will be released CiA-internally soon.
  • Accessing CANopen from web applications is specified in CiA 309-5 and CiA 421, which will be released CiA-internally soon.

For more information please write to secretary(at)

  • ISO 11999-1 (CAN-based physical layer for truck/trailer communication) is in DIS (Draft International Standard) ballot.
  • ISO 11992-3 (Truck/trailer communication for other than braking and gear devices) is in CD (Committee Draft) ballot.
    Main new function is automatic lane departure control.

For more information please write to standard(at)

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