A Comprehensible Guide to Controller Area Network
Printed: 146 pages, 6″ x 9″, perfect binding, black and white interior ink
Publisher: Copperhill Technologies Corporation
Copyright: © 2005 by Copperhill Technologies Corporation
Country: United States
Edition: First Edition
A Comprehensible Guide to Controller Area Network by Wilfried Voss represents the most thoroughly researched and most complete work on CAN available in the marketplace.
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Controller Area Network (CAN) is a serial network technology that was originally designed for the automotive industry, especially for European cars, but has also become a popular bus in industrial automation as well as other applications. The CAN bus is primarily used in embedded systems, and as its name implies, is a network technology that provides fast communication among microcontrollers up to real-time requirements, eliminating the need for the much more expensive and complex technology of a Dual-Ported RAM.
This book provides complete information on all CAN features and aspects combined with a high level of readability.
The author, Wilfred Voss, is the President of esd electronics, Inc., a company that specializes in CAN technology. The company is located in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Voss has worked in the CAN industry since 1997 and before that was a specialist in the paper industry. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wuppertal in Germany.
Mr. Voss has conducted numerous seminars on CAN and CANopen during variousReal Time Embedded And Computing Conferences (RTECC) and ISA (Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society) events all over the United States and Canada.
About this book
The main reason to write this book was the lack of good printed English literature on CAN basics, which is somewhat disconcerting considering that the technology was first officially introduced in 1986.
There are three official documents describing the CAN standard, the Bosch CAN Specification Version 2.0, the CiA CAN Specification and ISO 11898. The CiA (CAN-in-Automation) specification is a mere copy of the Bosch document, while ISO 11898-1 is an expanded copy with a more scientific approach. All these documents, more often than not, leave ample room for interpretation of the explained topics by omitting elaborating comments, examples or pictures.
It was surprising to find that some special topics, for instance, the CAN Overload Flag, the Bit Stuffing procedure, Bit Resynchronization, and more, are still insufficiently documented. Other documents did provide interesting details, but were somewhat vague on other topics or, in some rare cases, plain wrong.
Some additional works, originally written in German (due to the origination of the technology) are hurt by poor translation, which in turn has a damaging effect on the readability.
There is also a vast amount of web sites that contain information on CAN, but they mostly provide only bits and pieces and, after all, they all have commercial aspects in mind.
This book intends to provide profound information on Controller Area Network (CAN) paired with readability.
The first three chapters provide an overview of Controller Area Network that will enable the reader to understand the basics of CAN without being bored by overwhelming technical details:
Introduces CAN, refers to the history of CAN, CAN applications.
2. Main Characteristics
Explains in an overview the CAN message frames, bus access, message broadcasting, message priorities, data length and baud rate, bus arbitration and error handling.
3. Benefits of using CAN
Describes the various benefits such as low cost implementation, speed, reliability, error-resistance and worldwide acceptance.
The heart of this book is represented, however, by chapters 4 through 10, which provide profound technical insights:
4. Message Frames
Explains the detailed architecture of message frames.
5. Message Broadcasting
Explains the message broadcasting mechanism in a CAN network.
6. Bus Arbitration
Explains the bus arbitration principle in a CAN network.
7. Data Transfer Synchronization
Explains the data transfer synchronization mechanisms between nodes in a CAN network.
8. Error Detection and Fault Confinement
Explains how errors in a CAN network are detected, the determination of sporadic and permanent failures, the fault confinement and error recovery.
9. Physical Layer
Explains the CAN bus medium, bus topology, bus level, bus connections and bus length considerations.
10. Higher Layer Protocols
A short reference on higher layer protocols and why they are necessary.