Guide to controller area network (CAN) technology

By Control Engineering Staff March 2, 2006

“A Comprehensible Guide to Controller Area Network,” by Wilfred Voss, has recently been published by Copperhill Technologies Corp . This book is claimed to be the most thoroughly researched and most complete work on CAN technology. CAN, a serial network technology that was originally designed for the automotive industry, is now a popular bus in industrial automation and other applications. CAN bus, used primarily in embedded systems, is a network technology that offers fast communication among microcontrollers up to real-time requirements. It eliminates the need for the much more expensive and complex technology of a dual-ported RAM.

Examples of the books’ content include:
• An overview;
• Main characteristics and benefits;
• Detailed architecture of message frames;
• Message broadcasting;
• Bus arbitration principle; and
• Data transfer synchronization mechanisms.

The author is president of Greenfield, MA-based esd electronics Inc., a firm specializing in CAN technology. He has worked in the CAN industry since 1997 and has conducted numerous seminars on CAN and CANopen.

The book is available for $20 plus shipping and handling. For further information visit click here .

— Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering