CAN Bus analyser and exerciser with data-logger,
control and display functions
The new PCAN-Explorer CAN Bus analyser and exerciser from Computer
Solutions is a flexible Windows program for showing what is happening on the
CAN bus and for controlling and interacting with CAN systems.
The new software can be used for debugging the system or as a PC program
driving it. PCAN-Explorer has a script language that makes it ideal for
testing CAN units and for simple control and data acquisition. Its
capabilities can be extended with predefined or user-produced add-ins.
The new software can be used in three ways: as a protocol analyser to decode
and analyse all messages on the CAN Bus; as a data logger for recording and
time-stamping data; and as a paperless recorder for displaying data in a
The VB script language allows users to generate powerful test or operational
sequences, and a 'control panel' panel plug-in allows the user to create a
virtual instrument which can be controlled by an operator having no detailed
knowledge of the CAN Bus parameters.
PCAN-Explorer shows all received messages in a list containing ID, length
and decoded data. Each CAN message ID can be given a unique name ('speed',
for example) which is then used in place of the ID when messages are logged,
making complex systems easy to debug. The data is split, decoded by bit,
byte or word files and then displayed in the appropriate base or scaled if
it is a floating point to allow it to be easily interpreted.
The user may automate tasks in PCAN-Explorer by adding commands to perform
these tasks, by adding toolbar buttons to control these commands, and by
responding to CAN events.
Data-logger functions include flexible facilities to save logged data in
text form compatible with EXCEL. The user has the option of logging all
messages or a filtered subset, and up to four messages can be collected and
their data displayed as a trace or strip-chart like display.
Predefined add-ins include CANdb Import, which enables openCANdb
descriptions to be imported and exported, and Enhanced Plotter, which allows
unlimited numbers of channels and Y axes to be displayed as well as offering
much greater control of scales and layout. X- and Y-axis zooming is possible
even while collecting data, and multiple cursors may be defined to allow
complex relationships to be measured.
The User Panel add-in gives the user the ability to create a virtual
instrument panel including LED-bit displays and pushbutton switches, a
variety of meters and bar graphs with adjustable scales and maximum/minimum
indicators, trend plots of CAN message signals, and slider and dial controls
to set values. Using these features along with the VB Script language allows
a complete CAN application to be controlled by an operator who need have no
detailed knowledge of CAN.
PCAN-Explorer can be run on a laptop with a CAN interface for non-intrusive
viewing of the events on the CAN bus. For a user developing a CAN
application in C that is running on a PC, there is no need to buy a second
CAN interface, Explorer will share the interface in order to test the
PCAN-Explorer is available for next day delivery from the Computer Solutions
online web shop.
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Computer Solutions Ltd. is the UK's premier
supplier of microprocessor development tools. It supplies a wide range of
software and hardware tools that support over 100 different microprocessor
families. Hardware products include: BDM and JTAG interfaced debuggers,
In-circuit emulators , EPROM emulators USB, Ethernet, RS232 & CAN
analysers and device programmers. Software tools include: assemblers,
debuggers, compilers, real-time executives, TCP/IP stacks and other
high-level protocol libraries.
With 25 years' experience, Computer Solutions Ltd. has unrivalled expertise
in embedded tools, consultancy and support.
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