CANnect is a fieldbus gateway for CAN and LIN buses; it is the result of resolute further development of the widely accepted CANnect 1 system. Suitable applications for CANnect include test benches to control different test objects and in vehicles to integrate new control units and sensors in an existing group of networks. Extensive options to generate signals and messages including bus backups mean it is also possible to simulate ECU prototypes with CANnect.


Thanks to the intuitive configuration software CANnect makes it possible to quickly configure applications. As soon as the bus description files have been read in (LDF, DBC, A2L) it is possible to use the messages, signals and measured quantities they contain to configure mappings and formulas. The routing features of the messages and signals are defined using drag-and-drop functionality. It is possible to configure each message and each signal to be issued on other bus systems, to be used for calculations or to trigger other messages. It is equally possible to implement filters between different bus systems. 

The integrated formula editor offers extensive operations to manipulate the individual signals (e.g., arithmetic operations, bit operations and comparisons, magnitude and delta functions as well as to calculate the minimum and maximum values of signal groups). In addition, using appropriate commands in the formula editor it is possible configure CRC and checksum calculations (e.g., Autosar), which can then be processed autonomously in the device. It is possible to retrieve key value pairs regarding runtime via lookup tables to use for manipulation purposes. As a consequence, the extensive range of functions of the formula editor offers the option to simulate ECUs or create restbus simulations.

In addition to communication on the bus systems CAN and LIN, CANnect supports the XCP protocol (Universal Measurement and Calibration Protocol). After reading in the A2L description file it is possible to incorporate into the configuration the defined measurements and characteristics that it contains, and to link these with messages and signals on other bus systems. The CANnect takes over the entire communication with the remote XCP station.

After the configuration is transferred to the device it operates as a standalone entity; messages are routed in real-time. At the same time the hardware platform offers numerous options to achieve customer-specific extensions. 


  • Supported bus systems: 6 CAN, 2 LIN, Ethernet
  • Supported protocols: XCP
  • Mapping/routing to bus, message and signal levels between all bus systems
  • Integrated restbus simulation, event-triggered suppression and transmission of messages
  • Simulate ECUs and sensors
  • Formula editor facilitates extensive signal manipulations
  • Configure via Ethernet
  • Standalone operation in real-time as configured
  • Intuitive, user-friendly configuration software (for Windows™, Mac and Linux)




6, galvanically isolated up to 1 kV


4 CAN high speed
2 switchable between Low/high
CAN protocol versions 2.0 A and 2.0 B, support SAE J1939 (29 bit identifier)

Transmission rate:

High speed up to 1 Mbps; low speed up to 125 kbps; configurable via software


Configurable for each CAN via Software 

LIN-Interface (optional)

Number: 2, configurable master/slave mode
Type: LIN specification up to 2.1
Transmission rate: Up to 20 kbit/s


Number: 1
Type: IEEE 802.3
Transmission rate: Up to 100 Mbit/s

Digital inputs

Number: 8
Input level: 0 - 24 VDC
High level: > 5 VDC

Power Supply and Temperature range

Operating voltage: 9 - 36 VDC
Power consumption: 8 W
Temperature range: -20 °C to 60 °C
Wake-Up: Terminal 15 or CAN bus (optional)


Number: 12: Power (1), Active (1), LIN-Master/ Slave-Mode (2), CAN high speed/low speed (2) , CAN Termination (6)


Housing: Rugged aluminium housing
Dimensions: 27,5 mm x 87 mm x 140 mm (height x width x length)
Connectors: 50 pole D-sub, connection cable optional, customer-specific modifications on request
Special features: Support for DIN-hat rail on request; protective cover optional

Configuration software

Type: Configuration software for 32 and 64 bit; intuitive operating concept for quick and user-friendly configuration of the gateways (standalone)
Performance range:
  • Map buses, messages and signals between all bus systems per drag-and-drop
  • Manipulate all signals via formula editor
  • Support XCP protocol
  • Restbus simulation (bus backup, alive counter, checksum calculation) 
  • Condition-dependent dynamic transmission/suppression of messages (optional)
  • Supports CANdb and LIN description files (DBC and LDF, Fibex optional)
  • Editor for Bus description files integrates in the software (optional)
  • Extremely powerful, user-friendly configuration software; also available for other operating systems, if required


Datasheet CANnect

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