CANopen and eCl@ss

IG profiles will organize a workshop about eCl@ass. This is a cross-industry product-data standard for the classification and unique description of products and services. If interested please contact secetary(at)

CAN XL commitment

Bosch has launched a CAN XL web page, in order to indicate its commitment to the next generation of CAN technology. The CiA Special Interest Group CAN XL and its Task Forces for physical layer and higher-layer develop the specifications.

New CiA 601-4 version released

The CiA 601-4 version 2.0.0 specifies the so-called SIC (signal improvement capability) transceivers. It is incompatible with version 1.0 and describes two SIC concepts and the EMC testing.

CiA 306 series updated

The CANopen EDS/DCF specification (part 1) has been updated regarding CANopen Safety (EN 50325-4). The CANopen Object Data Base (CODB) specification (part 2) has been improved, too. The third part supports now reference designators.

CANopen in space

CANopen is used in several satellites. In order to achieve interoperability between devices, CiA invites interested parties to discuss the opportunity of standardized profiles. If interested, send an email to secretary(at)

“Kill switch” for connected cars

The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog association has published a cybersecurity report. It proposes a “kill switch” tor road vehicles providing Internet access.

Spoofing CAN data frames

A cybersecurity company reported that engine readings, compass data, altitude, and other readings could be manipulated in small aircrafts by means of adding a CAN node. Read more.

CAN FD micro-controller

Micro-controllers with on-chip CAN FD cores addressing non-automotive applications have been introduced, e.g. by NXP, STM, and TI. They close the missing link between higher bit-rate qualified transceivers and CANopen FD protocol stacks.

CAN XL trade mark

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has registered the trade mark “CAN XL” for CAN in Automation (CiA). CAN XL is the next generation CAN data link layer approach currently developed by a CiA Special Interest Group.

CAN FD roadshow in China

This year’s CAN FD roadshow in China has been finalized. Stopping in Beijing, Qingdao, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, the event was attended by about 300 engineers. It was supported by HMS/Ixxat, Hongke/Peak, Kvaser, and ZLG/Zhiyuan.