MUNICH, Germany Ixxat Automation GmbH (Weingarten, Germany) has developed a diagnosis and logging tool for all types of automotive communication bus systems.
According to the vendor, the device supports lossless, synchronous recording of the data streams on all field buses connected to it. The device offers a Flexray interface as well as six CAN and four LIN interfaces. In addition, it is equipped with K-line, Ethernet and RS232 interfaces and a digital/analog I/O.
The data logging application runs on an embedded PC with 520 MHz clock frequency. The PC is running under Windows CE. A separate field bus controller records the data in real-time and adds time stamps; the resolution is 1 microsecond.
The CARcorder is supplied in a fanless aluminum case with integrated uninterruptible power supply which bridges power failures of up to ten seconds. The device supports a deep-sleep mode in which it consumes less than 10 mW. Wake up is triggered by the first valid message which also will not get lost.
The PC-based control software configures the device. It also defines trigger conditions and diagnosis jobs. For the field bus configuration, the CARcorder can import bus description files such as CANdB, FIBEX, A2L or open XML. The software functionality includes syntax highlighting and checking. Diagnosis jobs can be defined via a drag&drop menu. In order to raise performance, the configuration can be translated into executable code and run on the device.
Vendor Ixxat plans to demo a prototype at the Embedded World trade fair in February. Sales start is scheduled for 2H2009.