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PC CAN Softwares
Development Packages

PCAN is a flexible system for the planning, development and use of CAN networks. The basis for the communication of PCs to external hardware via a CAN bus are Windows® kernel mode drivers. These form the core of a complete CAN network environment on a PC running Windows®.  This device driver manages the entire data traffic of all hardware connected to the PC. The interface to the user or the operator of a CAN-networked system are so-called PCAN clients. Process variables can be visualized and influenced with their help. The driver allows the connection of several clients, which can communicate with CAN buses. It supports several hardware components, which are based on the CAN controller SJA1000 from NXP.  PCAN-Developer consists of a single-user user license for the development package as well as a distribution license for the PCAN-Developer Redistributable. This package contains the API DLLs as well as the software PCAN-View, PCAN-CPL, PCAN-Nets Configuration and PCAN status display. 


The Recommended Practice 1210 was defined by the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) as a standardized API for communication between Windows® applications and vehicle communications networks.  PCAN-RP1210 API of PEAK system is an implementation of RP1210 versions A and C with support for CAN and SAE J1939 networks. This allows the API to develop its own RP1210 applications as well as the use of existing RP1210 applications with CAN adapters from PEAK system.  With the PCAN-RP1210 API, you receive a single user license for the development package as well as for the RP1210 connection to PEAK-CAN interfaces. The PCAN-Developer RP1210-Extension also includes a distribution license for the PCAN-RP1210 API-DLLs.

PC Software

The PCAN-View software for Windows® is a simple CAN monitor for viewing, sending and recording the CAN data traffic. The messages can be sent manually and periodically with an adjustable transmission rate of up to 1 Mbit / s. Faults on the bus system and memory overflows of the controlled CAN hardware are displayed. The CAN traffic can be recorded and stored via the trace function.  PCAN-View is part of the scope of delivery of every PCAN-PC hardware and enables its quick and easy commissioning. In the connection dialog, all available PEAK-CAN interfaces are listed for this purpose. After selecting the hardware and setting the transmission rate, you can use all functions of the software and access hardware-specific settings and information.

PLIN-View Pro

The LIN monitor is included with the PCAN-USB Pro PLIN-View Pro for Windows®. Incoming LIN messages can be viewed through this software, whereby the use of LDF files (LIN Description File) allows the symbolic representation of LIN messages. Outgoing LIN frames can be defined depending on the master or slave operating mode.  In addition, the LIN functionality of the PCAN-USB Pro hardware is accessed using PLIN-View Pro, such as the on-board scheduler or the automatic transmission rate detection.  The PCAN-USB Pro also includes the PLIN API from PEAK-Systemtechnik. It allows you to develop your own LIN applications for communication with the PCAN-USB Pro.

PCAN-Explorer 6

The PCAN-Explorer 6 is a versatile, professional program for working with CAN and CAN-FD networks. The user is not limited to monitoring the CAN traffic. The manual or periodic sending of messages or complete mailing lists allows him direct influence, for example for control purposes or simulations.  The PCAN-Explorer 6 can connect at the same time with several CAN and CAN-FD buses. Unlike previous versions, the hardware type of the CAN adapters used is no longer a limiting factor.  A crucial point in the use of the program is the symbolic representation of the CAN messages and their user data. The hexadecimal information is converted into a readable and intuitive format with the aid of symbol files. 

Plotter Add-in

This line recorder allows the recording and graphical display of any number of signal traces. The data of incoming and outgoing CAN messages as well as virtual variables and results of macro calculations can be used as a signal source.  Plot Viewer: The free Windows® software Plot Viewer allows you to display the recordings without installing the PCAN Explorer.

J1939 Add-in

The network protocol SAE J1939 describes the communication on a CAN bus in commercial vehicles for the transmission of diagnostic data and control information. It contains a complete network definition using 29-bit CAN-IDs (CAN 2.0B Extended Frame).  The add-in J1939 for the PCAN-Explorer 5 supports all the definitions defined by the parameter groups (parameter groups) of the standard and provides easy access to the parameters. A complete data base with all definitions and the included parameters is included.