Data acquisition software updated with CAN diagnostics

March 26, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
IPEmotion 2014 R1 includes several new features for CAN traffic analysis, A2L import, map database management and audio playback.

Ipetronik’s IPEmotion software business division has a new version of its configuration and data acquisition software; IPEmotion 2014 R1.

The new table display element supports CAN message display as traffic data (hexadecimal and decimal) besides common signal measurements. In traffic measurement, users can view and analyse, online, CAN messages (data frames), as well as related CAN bus information such as status frames, remote frames, error frames, statistic frames and transmit frames. Relevant information is displayed in a clearly arranged table in columns; relative time (beginning at measurement start), CAN ID, name of message, message type, data length code (DLC), data content. CAN traffic data acquisition is supported by the CAN Acquisition PlugIn V1.05 or the Logger PlugIn V03.52.

Online CAN bus analysis is, the company says, a feature that is an important extension of the IPEmotion software for expert users, since signal-based measurements (channels: Temp 1; Temp 2), bus diagnosis and analysis of hexadecimal messages are now provided by one software tool.

Import of A2L files – graphical filling level indication; this feature relates to the import of description files at ECU signal measurements. Electronic control units can contain many thousands of signals. Depending on device performance and design only a defined number of DAQ lists are available for data acquisition. The graphical filling level indication allows users to clearly recognise how much capacity has been used up. IPEmotion features an optimisation algorithm filling DAQ lists in an optimal way so that the greatest possible number of signals can be collected from the ECU.

Map – database management; this function allows users to efficiently manage custom map data (tiles) of particular regions. Instead of having to store map tiles in one large file, users now can store relevant map sections, reload them and share them with colleagues. In this way, data are more easy to handle. Information on regions covered and resolution of map tiles in the database are available.