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Which Total Phase Tools Do You Recommend for Reading and Identifying CAN Bus Signals in an Automotive Instrument?

Question from the Customer:

We are a small automotive instrument workshop and are looking for software and a hardware interface to both read and identify CAN bus signals. We need to identify the relevant cluster signals and reproduce them on the test bench. Which of your interface tools, hardware and software, could work for us?

Response from Technical Support:

Thanks for your question! We have two devices for working with CAN bus signals - the Komodo Duo CAN Interface and the Komodo Solo CAN Interface.

 komodo_duo-225  Komodo CAN Solo Interface

Figure 1: Komodo Duo CAN Interface

Figure 2: Komodo Solo CAN Interface.

Either Komodo CAN interface can work for you. Both the duo and solo CAN interfaces are USB-to-CAN adapter and analyzers. The Komodo DUO CAN Interface supports up to two different CAN networks - each channel is galvanically isolated. The Komodo Solo CAN Interface supports one CAN network.

In addition, they share the following features:

  • Communicate with any type of CAN network, from automotive systems to industrial controls
  • Non-intrusively monitor a CAN bus and see the data as it is captured
  • Operate as a CAN node
  • Send and receive messages up to 1 Mbps
  • 8 GPIO pins that can be configured for input or output, which allows the Komodo CAN interface to communicate with external logic

As for the software, Total Phase provides three software tools for use with our CAN interfaces:

  • The Komodo GUI Software provides full access to all Komodo interface functionality, and eliminates the need to write custom software to control the Komodo interface.
  • The Data Center Software is a bus monitoring software application that displays captured CAN bus data in true real-time through the Komodo interface. This also eliminates the need to write custom software to control the Komodo interface.
  • The Komodo Software API is used to control the Komodo interface, and to write a custom program for your specifications. Komodo API supports multiple operating systems (Windows, Linux, and Mac) and languages (C, Python, Visual Basic, and C#).  Examples are provided, which can be used as is or modified as needed.

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We hope this answers your question. If you have other questions about our CAN interfaces or other Total Phase products, feel free to email us at sales@totalphase.com, or if you already own one of our devices and have a technical question, please submit a request for technical support.