Your friend on the test bench
IXXAT has extended its FRC-EP series, which consists of the FRC-EP170 and the FRC-EP190. IXXAT offers universally usable hardware platforms for applications on the test bench or in the vehicle.
These devices have FlexRay, CAN, CAN FD, LIN, K-Line, USB, Ethernet, EtherCAT, Bluetooth, and RS232 interfaces, along with analogue and digital I/O. Expansion slots make it simple to add other interfaces, including WLAN, GSM, or GPS. This makes the devices scalable, adaptable to specific applications, and ready for the future.
With the FRC-EP170, IXXAT has introduced a compact, cost-effective variant of the familiar FRC-EP190. Both devices have the same processor and operating system, making the new variant software-compatible.
Thanks to the large number of identical interfaces and its galvanic isolation, extended scalability, and especially its optional EtherCAT slave functionality, the primary target application of the FRC-EP190 is integration with test benches in the automotive communications world.
The FRC-EP170 was developed for use in vehicles. Its main application areas are gateway solutions for connection to different ECU integration levels, prototype controllers, expansion of data loggers with additional interfaces, and wireless signal display using off-theshelf mobile phones or tablet PCs.
Demanding Restbus simulation and gateway solutions can be implemented quickly and easily based on either device, using the corresponding software packages from IXXAT. There are also extensive development packages available for the development of specific solutions.
Custom functions and applications can be implemented quickly and easily by customers in-house thanks to the use of the Linux operating system and the availability of a free Software Development Kit.