Software development tool for CAN & LIN bus systems

September 11, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Automotive network designers can reduce complexity and speed development, says K2L, with its OptoLyzer Studio Software optimised for CAN and LIN buses. The multi-bus, single-software tool supports complete development process from early design phase to end-of-line testing with modern GUI Based on .NET technology

K2L (Karlsruhe, Germany) has released the latest version of its OptoLyzer Studio software development tool, which enables automotive CAN and LIN network development with reduced complexity, cost and time for designers, testers and system integrators. This .NET-based tool allows the use of common file formats and offers users the opportunity to create software extensions by adding their own functionality. That open approach, combined with the ability to easily integrate into a larger internal development and test environment—or connect to other hardware tools from K2L, Microchip or any 3rd party—makes OptoLyzer Studio a flexible development option for the automotive industry.

OptoLyzer Studio Entry Edition offers the ability to analyse the traffic on one CAN or LIN channel, and can be combined with the OptoLyzer Studio GUI and the Microchip CAN Bus Analyser tool. A follow-up release planned for later in 2015 will add the ability to combine with the Microchip LIN Serial Analyzer. Also available, the OptoLyzer Studio Foundation CL Edition provides all capabilities for testing and analysing network traffic over CAN and LIN systems, with synchronous time stamps, in one GUI.

“With today’s launch of the CAN-LIN editions of our OptoLyzer Studio, it’s time to rethink the usability and efficiency of automotive network tools,” said Matthias Karcher, K2L’s senior manager. “The idea behind this software is to provide the automotive market with a single solution that reduces complexity and cost, and shortens time-to-market, for all activities related to test and simulation. It also covers all of the requirements for conducting analysis and verification, helping to ensure quality from the earliest design stages to full production.”

K2L provides several different editions of its CAN-LIN OptoLyzer Studio software that enable customised function ranges for specific use cases. The OptoLyzer Studio Entry Edition is available for $390, and can be used with Microchip Technology’s CAN BUS Analyzer Tool. The OptoLyzer Studio Foundation CL Edition is $1,290.