The NI USB-8476 module is a 1-port LIN interface for connecting PCs to LIN networks and devices. It offers software-selectable, master/slave termination, so you can monitor, log, and test at all points of a LIN network. The USB-8476 includes NI-CAN driver software, which provides a powerful, frame-based API for rapid application development.
All-in-One Design The convenient all-in-one design features an integrated 2 m USB cable and built-in transceiver, requiring no extra cables or accessories to get applications running quickly. The USB-8476 controller is USB powered. The LIN physical layer is powered from VBat (required for the LIN bus) and features standard electrical isolation up to 500 VDC (withstand, 2 s max) channel-to-bus.
Hardware Timestamping With hardware timestamping, you can log messages with microsecond-accurate timestamps for reconstructing network events. The USB-8476 interface uses a 9-pin male D-SUB (DB9) connector to interface to LIN.
Advanced Functionality The USB-8476 features the Atmel ATA6620 LIN transceiver, providing advanced functionality and protection including the following for LIN networks:
•Sleep and silent modes •Transient voltage protection (-150 to 100 V) •High LIN bus DC voltage (-40 to 60 V) •Thermal protection
Click on the first link in the 'Resources' tab for more information and a direct download link to the NI-CAN driver software.
You need software to interface with your hardware and to collect, analyze, present, and store your measurements. This board is compatible with a variety of programming languages, including LabVIEW, C/C++, Visual Basic, and .NET. LabVIEW provides the easiest integration with all of your NI hardware and is recommended to maximize your hardware investment.
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