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Embedded World Conference with CAN sessions

March 26th, 2024 Comments off

This year, Nuremberg’s doors open for the Embedded World (#ew24) from April 9th to April 11th. From EmSA, Peter, Chris and Olaf will be at the event all three days. If you want to talk to us about topics like CAN, CANopen, J1939 and CAN security, meet us at the booth of Peak-System, hall 1, booth 304.

As every year, the conference also features a CAN session. This year it is session “SESSION 2.2 CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS | CAN” (April 9th, starting at 1:45PM) with the following presentations:

Thilo Schuhmann: Standardized Cybersecurity in CAN-Based Systems

This paper concentrates on cybersecurity requirements specific to embedded systems employing Controller Area Network (CAN) communication, encompassing CAN, CAN FD, and the emerging CAN XL. Our primary focus lies on CAN XL, which incorporates CANsec, a data link layer add-on facilitating message authentication and encryption,in the data plane. In the control plane the specification of the CANsec Key Agreement protocol (CKA) is defining for key exchange and agreement mechanisms to allow broadcast communication for the authenticated and encrypted messages.

Reiner Zitzmann: Improved Network Start-up for Dynamically Changing Embedded CAN Systems

Controller Area Network (CAN) networks often serves as the conduit for data exchange; on the very deeply embedded level. Devices, connected to these embedded networks may be dynamically added or removed, by the end user. Thus these devices need to show a certain degree of plug and play behavior. Host controllers must have the ability to rapidly identify these devices. Unlike current implementations, the enhanced Layer Setting Services (LSS) enable CAN/CANopen devices to convey their identity to the host controller or LSS manager. This eliminates the need for laborious searches to determine the presence and type of newly added devices. The presentation shows the functioning of the improved Layer Setting Services, and practical use cases.

Olaf Pfeiffer: Collaborative Design of Security Measures for CAN and CANopen Systems

The rise of connected devices in the embedded world has intensified the need for strong security measures, especially in Controller Area Network (CAN) and CANopen systems. These technologies are crucial in a wide range of applications such as industrial automation, automotive systems, and medical equipment. Given the limited resources available in CAN protocols, security often becomes a challenging aspect to address effectively. This paper presents a joint project between Hochschule Offenburg and Embedded Systems Academy, focusing on overcoming these security challenges.
We argue that collaboration among multiple partners is essential for the design and implementation of effective, robust security measures. Our proposed security framework brings together expertise from various stakeholders to identify vulnerabilities, assess potential threats, and formulate countermeasures. A significant aspect of our project is the aim to standardize these security measures through the CAN in Automation (CiA) organization. This makes the security framework transparent and open for public review.
The framework is optimized for CANopen but can also be used by CAN, CAN FD, CANopen FD and other higher-layer protocols.
This paper will outline the architecture of our security framework, showing its applicability to a broader range of CAN or CANopen based applications.

You can’t make it to Nuremberg?

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EmSA Launches LinkedIn Page

September 5th, 2023 Comments off

We are pleased to announce the recent establishment of the Embedded Systems Academy LinkedIn page. This platform will function as a continuous source for updates, technical discussions, and detailed articles focusing on CAN, CANopen, and J1939 technologies, our main areas of expertise. The materials presented there will offer a more detailed analysis compared to the posts on this blog.

The first series of articles is developed to provide professionals in the field of embedded communication systems with valuable insights and knowledge. It includes application articles that demonstrate the application of CANopen in areas such as warehouse logistics and emergency response vehicles.

Additionally, we have a series of four articles that examine the requirements for building embedded networks capable of handling diverse real-time communication demands. This series discusses the various real-time requirements of different applications, offering guidelines on how to effectively employ CAN or CANopen to address these unique cases. This series is called Balancing Speed and Priority: Crafting Embedded Networks for Diverse Real-Time Communication Demands.

We invite you to follow our LinkedIn page to stay updated on the latest technical advancements and insights in the industry.

Thank you for your support!

Micro CANopen and Micro CANopen as Open-CMSIS-Pack for NXP Arm microcontrollers

August 8th, 2023 Comments off

Embedded Systems Academy (EmSA), a leading provider of embedded software solutions for CAN
based industrial networks, is pleased to announce the release of its Micro CANopen libraries as
Open-CMSIS-Pack following the Common Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS) by
Arm. This new integration enables developers to easily implement CANopen communication
protocols in their embedded systems.

Until now, these Micro CANopen libraries were already available as part of selected NXP
MCUXpresso Software Development Kits (SDKs). Along with NXP’s recent release of support for MS
Visual Studio Code, SDKs and third-party libraries are moving to Open-CMSIS-Packs, ensuring
compatibility with a wider range of development tools and microcontrollers. For more information on NXP’s step towards VS Code and Open-CMSIS-Packs, follow this link.

The Micro CANopen libraries from EmSA offer a minimalistic implementation of the CANopen and
CANopen FD communication protocols for I/O devices and basic managers/controllers. They are
designed to simplify the development process by providing a compact and efficient solution, saving
valuable time and resources for embedded system developers. Through the Open-CMSIS-Pack
format, developers can leverage the libraries seamlessly, further enhancing the efficiency and
reliability of their CANopen-enabled applications.

The published Micro CANopen libraries may be used at no license charge and are adequate to
implement basic I/O devices with a limited number of parameters or a controller with a limited
number of nodes to handle.

“We are excited to bring our Micro CANopen libraries to the Open-CMSIS-Pack ecosystem,” said Olaf
Pfeiffer, CEO of Embedded Systems Academy. “By making our libraries available as Open-CMSIS-
Packs, we aim to empower developers to effortlessly integrate CANopen or CANopen FD support
into their embedded projects.”

Developers can use any tool that supports Open-CMSIS-Packs to access these CANopen libraries such
as NXP MCUXpresso, Visual Studio Code, Arm Keil MDK and IAR Embedded Workbench. The libraries
are compatible with the latest Arm CMSIS releases and initial support covers several popular NXP
LPC and i.MX microcontroller derivatives.

Example of the access to the Micro CANopen libraries, here using Arm/Keil’s Pack Installer

The current beta release features the Micro CANopen release for selected NXP microcontrollers. Future releases will support NXP’s auto-configuration and more derivatives with CAN or CAN FD interfaces.

The current list of available releases is availabe at: www.keil.arm.com/vendors/emsa/packs

2022 review: another challenging year with a focus on supply chain management

January 3rd, 2023 Comments off

Another year has passed that proved to be challenging for everyone in the position of buying semiconductor components or products based on them. Many of our customers and partners have their own stories to share about “creative solutions” to dealing with supply chain issues. Here is an example from one of our customers:

He approached us over a broken CANopen joystick – used in a very expensive machinery – and the machine could no longer be used. The joystick supplier was not able to deliver the joystick, but he could deliver a generic version without the CANopen interface, using digital and analog outputs instead. The question was, how fast could we modify the firmware of our CANopen generic I/O module so that it could be used with the generic joystick and then integrated into the machine.

Custom firmware requests are quite common, however usually combined with some volume purchase of the modules involved. Here, the required quantity was ‘one’.

Luckily the required changes were minimal and most settings could be made via the CANopen configuration (Node ID and bitrate settings, PDO communication and mapping settings). Within a few consulting hours, we were able to deliver a prototype based on our CANopenIA-M0 starter kit. After just one more minor re-configuration the system worked again. The starter kit was embedded in an industrial rugged housing and mounted into the machine near the operator – and it was back to work.

The CANopenIA-M0 starter kit used as a CANopen joystick interface

To ensure continuous availability of the CANopenIA modules we, like so many others in the industry, were forced to do a re-design – not necessarily to add new functionality, but just to have multiple sourcing options for the modules.

The new CANopenIA pin-compatible system on modules

As a result, within 2023 we expect that our proven and popular CANopenIA-M0 system- on-module will be available in a total of three hardware versions. The two new modules will offer 100% pin-by-pin backward compatibility. In addition, the latest version will not only support classical CANopen but also CANopen FD and provide direct access to faster and higher resolution analog inputs.

We wish our clients and partners a quiet and relaxing transition to 2023 and may the supply chain issues be less challenging this year.

Andy, Chris and Olaf

CANopen Magic now with charting of CANopen Data Objects

November 29th, 2022 Comments off

The popular CANopen Analysis software CANopen Magic and CANopen Logxaminer by Embedded Systems Academy have received a major update. The latest enhancement is a charting module that draws process data plots over time. In CANopen Magic, the data is captured from a live CANopen system whereas in CANopen Logxaminer it is done in post-analysis from a trace recording.

The process data charts are updated dynamically with each corresponding PDO, SDO or USDO on the network. A broad selection of triggering, filtering, scaling and measurement options allow to fine-tune the charts to the task at hand. Configurable colours and shading for each data source complete the customization options.

Charting Module in CANopen Magic

CANopen Magic generates process data information automatically from the EDS (Electronic Datasheet Files) files of the CANopen nodes connected to the network, making setting up charts from process data easy.

In summary, the added charting module significantly improves the build-in data analysis capabilities of CANopen Magic and CANopen Logxaminer. The charting module is now available in the CANopen Magic Professional and Ultimate editions. Get your trial here: Try CANopen Magic!

CANopen FD Conformance Test Passed

March 25th, 2022 Comments off

The off-the-shelf I/O module PCAN-MicroMod FD DR CANopen from PEAK-System takes advantage of protocol stack from Embedded System Academy

The I/O device for DIN rail PCAN-MicroMod FD DR CANopen Digital 1 passed both the official CiA (CAN in Automation) conformance tests for CANopen® and for CANopen FD®. The device firmware is based on the Micro CANopen Plus protocol stack by Embedded Systems Academy (EmSA), gaining easyness stepping through the conformance tests.

The device is one of the first industrial off-the-shelf I/O devices available that offer both conformance-tested CANopen® and CANopen FD® interfaces. The configuration is simplified, 4 dials are used to make the settings, which are documented directly on the housing. No further configuration software is required.

PCAN-Router-FD

All other products from the PCAN-MicroMod FD line can load the Micro CANopen Plus protocol stack as an option. There are further aluminum-housed I/O modules supporting analog inputs and outputs, as well as PWM or frequency outputs, and a System on Module solution (SoM) to integrate customized I/O with CAN/CAN FD, CANopen, and CANopen FD operating modes.

CANopen EDS/XDD files are available for download for all PCAN-MicroMod FD products documenting the CANopen or CANopen FD functionality. Furthermore, the PCAN-MicroMod FD Evaluation Board includes a free CANopen FD license.

See the PCAN-MicroMod FD devices capable of CANopen and CANopen FD in our canopenstore.eu

Open Meetings and Papers at the international CAN Conference

May 31st, 2021 Comments off

The 17th international CAN Conference is an online event about the Controller Area Network happening from June 14th to June 17th, 2021. Papers presented cover topics such as updates on the physical and data link layer for CAN FD and XL, CANopen testing, CANopen FD and Security.

The tutors of EmSA participate in presenting two papers: “A simplified classic CANopen to CANopen FD migration path using smart bridges” and “Achieving multi-level CAN (FD) security by complementing available technologies”.

PCAN-Router-FD
Smart Bridges based on PCAN-Router FD

The paper about smart bridges introduces a solution to easily combine classical CANopen devices with CANopen FD devices. The bridges developed here offer one classical CANopen and one CANopen FD port and “auto-translate” CANopen and CANopen FD messages transparently. As an example, SDO transfers on the classical CANopen side are automatically translated to USDO transfers on the CANopen FD side.

The paper about security reviews currently available security solutions for CAN (FD) and examines how they complement each other. The security methods combine here are CAN message ID guarding, a CAN crypto layer and (D)TLS.

For the first time, the iCC combines papers with open CiA IG and SiG (Interest Group and Special interest Group) meetings. Here “open” means that after registration anyone can participate to see how the different work groups operate. Our engineers will participate in the SIG special car add-on devices (CiA 447) and the IG CANopen FD.

For more details and registration, see www.can-cia.org/icc

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EmSA’s CANopen (FD) Software for PEAK’s PCAN MicroMod FD

February 15th, 2021 Comments off

Our CANopen and CANopen FD software is now available for the entire PCAN-MicroMod FD product line from PEAK-System Technik GmbH. The PCAN-MicroMod FD product line consists of several digital and analog I/O modules with housing and an embedded module suitable for integration into custom hardware developments.

PCAN-MicroMod FD Evaluation Board

PEAK offers these modules with “direct CAN (FD)” support. A configuration utility provided can assign inputs and outputs to CAN (FD) messages. That same configuration utility can now also be used to load and activate our CANopen or CANopen FD software. The activation process requires an activation code. The activation code is part of the delivery, when buying the devices from EmSA’s online store.

Once CANopen (FD) is loaded and activated, the devices implement the CANopen (FD) device profile for generic I/O devices. In CANopen FD mode, the dual bitrate of CAN FD is supported, allowing transmission rates in the data phase of up to 5Mbps.

Our YouTube channel now features a new PEAK hardware playlist. The first videos added today, show the CANopen software installation and activation process. Future videos will give further configuration examples.

EmSA’s Micro CANopen FD in NXP’s MCUXpresso SDK

September 10th, 2020 Comments off

The latest release of the MCUXpresso Software Development Kit from NXP now also includes a free version of the EmSA’s Micro CANopen FD library. The library is available for various microcontrollers of the LPC54xxx and LPC55xxx families. Support for the i.MX RT family will be added later this year.

The CANopen FD libraries are separated by support for devices and managers. The examples implement a generic input and output device as well as a minimal manager and control application. The libraries are fully functional besides a limitation on the number of PDOs and node IDs supported. The licence allows developers to integrate these libraries into commercial projects.

For more details on the CANopen FD libraries in MCUXpresso SDK, watch the introductory video by NXP:

Our youtube playlist “MCUXpresso Middleware course” now features a total of nine videos, including some in-depth tutorial on how to use the CANopen and CANopen FD libraries of the MCUXpresso SDK.

For more information about our CANopen and CANopen FD libraries for NXP, visit our dedicated web page at www.em-sa.com/nxp

Industrial CANopen (FD) I/O by PEAK

August 26th, 2020 Comments off

A few months back, EmSA’s CANopen and CANopen FD libraries and protocol stacks were integrated into NXP’s MCUXpresso SDK supporting multiple NXP microcontroller families, inlcuding the LPC54xxx family. That MCU family was chosen by PEAK Systemtechnik for a number of industrial input and output devices.

The newly released PCAN-MicroMod FD DR CANopen Digital 1 is the first of their industrial I/O device integrating both CANopen and CANopen FD within the same firmware. All essential settings of the DIN-Rail mountable device are made with turn dials: selection of CANopen or CANopen FD modes, bitrates and node id used.

Typical use cases include future proofing CANopen systems by already choosing CANopen FD capable devices and quickly adding generic I/O devices(s) to custom, embedded CANopen FD networks.

The device passed the official CiA CANopen conformance test. The CANopen FD test is pending.

For more information, see the PEAK product page.