PowerCAN-PCI - High performance card for control and regulation of CAN networks
PowerCAN-PCI - High performance card for control and regulation of CAN networks


High performance card for PC coup­ling of the CAN bus for con­trol and re­gu­la­tion of the CAN net­work.

Key Features

  • PC assumes the function of a CANopen manager
  • Control of other CANopen devices, e. g. motor controls
  • Transmission performance of 1 Mbit/s at 90 % bus load
  • Freescale Coldfire with 32 MHz clock frequency
  • 2× galvanically isolated CAN channels
  • Equipment with high or low speed interface
  • LEDs for bus status display on the front bracket


The card is a PCI module with two galvanically isolated CAN interfaces according to ISO 11898, fully compatible with PCI-Specification 2.2 and designed as a PC plug-in card. The CAN controllers used provide 15 message objects each and are based on the FullCAN standard.

The Coldfire from Freescale is used as a power­ful micro­con­trol­ler. The controller is oper­ated in 16 bit de­multi­plex­ed mode, which gua­ran­tees an optimal con­nection to the PCI controller. The implemented bootstrap loader makes it easy to load the firmware. Two “on-chip” CAN controllers realize the CAN con­nection in 2.0 B active mode.

By default 8 MB RAM and 2 MB Flash are installed. An external program­ming vol­tage does not have to be applied, as the Flash can be written and erased with 5 V. The firm­ware is stored in the flash, which can be updated via the boot­strap mode of the micro­con­trol­ler if required.

CAN interface
The board has two galvanically isolated CAN channels and two active 2.0 B CAN controllers, which also allow mixed operation with both 11 bit and 29 bit identifiers. The interface is designed according to ISO 11898 standard. As a high performance card, operation with CAN High (1 Mbit/s) and also CAN Low (125 Kbit/s) is of course possible.

Error frame detection
This optional feature enables the plug-in card to perform debugging and diagnosis in a CAN network. It has its own logic that detects error frames and counts them in an internal memory. This allows sporadic errors, such as the corruption of messages by a station in the network, to be detected.


Technical Data

CPUFreescale Coldfire
Memory2 MB
CAN2× CAN interface acc. to ISO 11898, galv. isolated
CAN controller2× FullCAN according to CiA (DIN41652)
CAN transceiverPhilips 82C251
CAN protocol2.0 A and 2.0 B
CAN connectors2× D-Sub9
Bus systemPCI
PCI controlleracc. to PCI 2.2 specification,
16k Dual-Port-RAM
LED4× LED (green)
Dimensions (l×w×h)164 mm × 102 mm × 13 mm
Operating temperature0°C up to +60°C
Storage temperature–20°C up to +75°C
Rel. humidity20% – 90% non-condensing
Power supply5 V
Power consumption500 mA
CANopen driverfor Windows NT
Layer 2 driverfor Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7; 32- and 64-bit

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