CAN to WLAN interface offers improved range over former version

October 25, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
CAN bus expert Kvaser AB has introduced the BlackBird v2 HS CAN 2.0 to WLAN interface, an upgrade to Kvaser’s original BlackBird CAN to WLAN interface. The BlackBird v2 incorporates a new radio chip that gives it up to 75% better range. In addition, a new REST-based application programming interface (API) means that the Blackbird v2 can now be accessed from any tablet PC or smartphone.

The BlackBird v2's ability to leverage existing wireless infrastructure makes it ideal for replacing cumbersome cables, accessing hard-to-reach CAN networks, or for monitoring a CANbus while in motion. Based on a radio chip that is Wi-Fi certified and meets CE and FCC standards, it works in both Ad Hoc and Infrastructure mode. The product enables customers in the automotive industry to monitor engine parameters wirelessly during on-track testing and race events.

Additional features of the BlackBird v2 include galvanic isolation and more onboard memory, which helps the interface overcome potential interruptions to the connection during wireless disturbance. The maximum message rate for this device is 15,000/s, with a timestamp resolution of 25µs.

Another feature of the Blackbird v2 is its REST based API. Catering to increased market demand for iOS and Android-based applications, this is a flexible, device independent development environment that lowers the bar for customers wishing to develop applications for the Blackbird v2. Example frameworks for simple applications, such as a CAN monitor, are available in the Kvaser REST API for Blackbird v2 documentation area.

The Blackbird v2 is available now with free software, free software updates and free support.

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