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High performance CAN-Ethernet computer

Mon, 06/04/2001 - 6:13am
Victor, NY. CAN-megaBOX is a high-performance standalone computer with CANbus and Ethernet connections which can be configured for a wide range of LAN or WAN applications. Housed in a compact 2× 5 inches× 3 inches box, CAN-megaBOX can be configured for industrial applications such as an Ethernet gateway, or a remote maintenance server for internet connection. With a USB interface included, a webcam can be attached to make remote instrument observation possible. Automatic sending of e-mail alerts when problems occur are another possibility with CAN-megaBOX.

CAN-megaBOX features a powerful AMD-Elan controller with up to 128MB SDRAM, with up to 2MB bootFLASH and internal RTC, and 100Mbit Ethernet interface. Additionally, 8 opto-isolated bits of user I/O can be used for local control or data-gathering. CAN-megaBOX can be used as a CANbus monitor, sending filtered data via Ethernet to other nodes, or sent locally to a printer. Other ideal applications for CAN-megaBOX are as routers between remote CANbus networks (further than 1km) or as http-servers, allowing an internet browser to assess machine process data. Because CAN-megaBOX is PC-compatible with keyboard and mouse ports, a wide variety of operating systems can be used (Linux, OS-9, QNX, VxWorks, Windows, etc.)

CANbus is a high-integrity serial data communications bus for real-time applications which operates at data rates of up to 1 Mbits/s; it has excellent error detection and confinement capabilities. Originally developed for use in cars, CANbus is now being used in many other industrial automation, instrumentation and control applications.

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