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CAN, Controller Area Network, is a bus which was originally developed for
the car industry, but has been widely adopted also in industrial
applications. Its creators were Bosch and
Download the CAN Specification ver 2.0
- Bosch is where it all
- The CAN pages of M J Schofield
are very informative with information about CAN, useful links,
information about seminars...
- The home page of CiA (CAN in
Automation, not the Central Intelligence Agency). Includes CAN
information, standardization of application layers, profile groups.
- Kvaser CAN Pages have
some information about CAN
Philips is one of the major players in the CAN industry.
- The Open DeviceNet Vendor Association can be found here
CAN Chip Information
- A CAN product guide at
CiA lists stand-alone CAN controllers as well as ones built into
microcontrollers, trancievers and more.
Other CAN Products
- LAWICEL Soft&Hardware make and
sell Single Board Computers and CAN interfaces, as well as help with
hardware and software design.
- Vector Informatik make
CAN interface hardware as well as CAN analysers.
- Spacetools contains
information not only on development tools for Infineon microcontrollers,
but also on CAN tools.
- Infineon has information
about their uCs their web-site. Their C166 family of uCs can be
strongly recommended for applications that demand muscles.
- Motorola present their uCs
- Microchips present
their microcontrollers and development tools at this information packed
- Hitachi semiconductors are now known as
Renesas. Their products, including
the microcontrollers, are presented here.
- Atmel present their
8051 and AVR
micros at their home pages.
- Philips present their 8051 derivatives on their
microcontroller web site.
In circuit emulators
- For in circuit emulators I have very good experience of
- Hitex are also big
in the ICE business.
- Nohau is a well
known ICE manufacturer.
- ISystems is
- Swedish company EM Teknik
makes a cheap emulator for the Intel 8051 family, which uses the IAR
- Applied Microsystems has in circuit
emulators, debuggers, hw-sw coverification tools and more.
- Phyton make in circuit emulators
and debuggers as well as assemblers and compilers.
- Tasking make
compilers and debuggers for several platforms.
- Keil is another
- You can find the IAR
- Hi-Tech make cross-compilers for
several target platforms.
- Microtec, now
part of Mentor Graphics, has the C,C++ and Java compilers for different
- Diab Data concentrate on Motorola
RISC processors, including the PowerPC. They where bought by ISI, which in
turn was bought by Wind River Systems.
Real-time operating systems
- Need a small real time operating system for a microcontroller? Check
out Rubus from Arcticus Systems. It
is especially suitable for safety critical systems.
- Wind River Systems are
famous for the VxWorks RTOS, and the Tornado development tools.
- Microtec, now
part of Mentor Graphics, has the VRTX RTOS.
- Precise Software Technologies sell
the MQX RTOS, debuggers and embedded I/O components like TCP/IP.
- Lynx Real-Time Systems sell the
famous Lynx RTOS, which is a UNIX-like operating systems which conforms to
the POSIX standards.
- QNX is one of the major suppliers of
- Realogy from LiveDevices
(formerly nrtt,nrta,...) is an OSEk compliant RTOS.
- Jungo Ltd makes the well known
WinDriver tool which helps in the development of Windows drivers.They also
have stacks for PnP, USB and more. Their third product area is
"Residential Gateway Software".
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