• on Computer/Software/Internet
  • Published in issue 2/2008 on page 38
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CAN Explorer

Versatile PC-CAN Interface

CAN Explorer
The CAN bus network is usually associated with vehicle systems or industrial automation but it can also be used in many other situations including home automation. Implementing the network is not a trivial undertaking. This low-cost solution is a CAN board which sits between the CAN bus and a PC. Using the versatile (free) software it can monitor activity on the network and test the functioning of other nodes.
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R1,R2,R3 = 10kΩ
R4 = 120Ω
R5 = 1kΩ
C1,C2,C3,C6,C8,C9 = 100nF, 5mm lead pitch
C4,C5 = 22pF
C7 = 470µF 25V (radial)
C10 = 47µF 25V (radial)
B1 = KBP2005G (bridge rectifier)
D1 = LED, 3mm, 2mA
IC1,IC2 = 74HCT245
IC3 = MCP2515 (SOIC)
IC4 = MCP2551SN (SOIC)
IC5 = 7805 (TO220)
JP1 = 2-way pinheader with jumper
JP2 = 3-way pinheader with jumper
K1 = 25-way sub-D plug, right-angled pins, PCB mount
K2 = 9- way sub-D plug, right-angled pins, PCB mount
K3 = mains adaptor socket (HEBW25), right-angled pins
X1 = 16MHz quartz crystal (HC49U)
PCB, no. 060201-1
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