RC03 Peak CAN Bus Adapter


The Peak CAN Bus adapter enables the reading and writing of messages from Peak devices as well as the extraction and tracing of message contents such as bits, integer and text. CAN-Bus symbols can be imported from PCAN symbol files. Using simple scripts, users can generate messages or handle received CAN frames.The adapter can be combined with other adapters using a multi-adapter port.

32/64bit 32/64bit 64bit (only PCAN-USB)
  • Peak CAN BUS driver installation (http://www.peak-system.com/)
  • This adapter uses a native extension to open and read data from the connected device. A setup of this extension maybe required.
Known limitations:
  • Filter may not work properly (Platform dependent)
  • Stable
  • Connect
  • Read
  • Sync
  • Stimulate
  • Handle
  • Enable: Enables/disables the port adapter.
  • Channel: Select the CAN Bus channel as the input.
  • Mode: Normal , Listen only
  • Rate: Select a pre-defined CAN Bus rate or enter a user-defined clock divider.
  • Symbols: Optionally, define symbols, multiplexers and variables to map message content into signal values.
  • Filters: Optionally, define filters to limit message reception.
  • Script: Allows to define a script to send and receive CAN Bus messages.
  • Insert as root: If the adapter is included in a multi adapter port, the flag will force the adapter to add its signal hierarchy into the root of the combined record.
  • Synchronisation: Allows to define a script to do adapter synchronisation.


Screen Cast: Using the Peak CAN-Bus Adapter


  • In "Normal" mode, the adapter supports all operations.
  • If "Listen only" mode is chosen, the adapter is only capable to listen to the bus.

Source Configuration

  • Channel: Select a CAN-BUS channel from the list. You may press the "Identify" button to find the right device (Windows only).
  • Rate: Select the required data rate.


You may configure up to 4 filters:

  • Id from/to: Select the id range you want to receive.
  • Disabled/Standard/Extended/Any: Select the filter mode.


You may define/import a hierarchy of CAN symbols with optional multiplexers and variables. Each variable creates exactly one signal.
CAN Messages that comply with the configured hierarchy of symbols and multiplexers, trigger the containing variables to update their value (and create a new sample for their signal).

CAN Symbol

  • Id from/to: Define the id range for the symbol. In most cases just "Id from" is used.
  • Type: Select either Standard or Extended type messages.
  • Frame: Select Classic or FD frame (FD devices only)
  • Packet length: Select either the required packet length or "Any".
  • Direction: Select the message direction "Receive", "Send" or "Any".

If a CAN Message is received or send and complies with the symbol information above, all child multiplexer and variables are triggered.

CAN Multiplexer

A multiplexer can be seen as a filter. Only CAN message with the correct data bits at a given position trigger its child variables to update.

  • Endianess: Select the byte order mode Little (Intel) or Big (Motorola)
  • Value: Type in the multiplexer value (an unsigned integer).
  • Bit pos: Select the start position of the multiplexer value.
  • Length: Type in the length of the multiplexer value.
  • Packet length: Select either the required packet length or "Any".

Instead of entering the bit pos/length manually, you may use the mouse to select the bit range.

CAN Variable

A variable is updates with the data of a CAN message if its parent multiplexer and symbol comply with the message.

  • Type: Select the variable/signal type (Binary, Logic, Event(Enums), Text, Integer, Float).
  • Endianess: Select the byte order mode Little (Intel) or Big (Motorola). This has no effect for text and binary data type.
  • Bit pos: Select the start position of the message value (Alternatively you may use the the mouse to select the bit field).
  • Length: Type in the length of the message value.
  • Display format: Select the default value representation of the variable.
  • Enums: If Event is selected as data type, define here the enumeration values.
  • Min/Max: Optionally select a min/max range. If the actual value exceed the given range, the conflict flag is set to true (will paint samples with red color).


If you need to inject messages, check the flag "Enable Script" and modify the example script below. You may also define handlers for in-coming message.

	// can: Can bus adapter
	//   can.send(id,type,data,..);
	//   with type in STANDARD,EXTENDED or RTR
	// generator: generator of type IRecordGenerator
	// console: console output of type MessageConsoleStream
	// progress: progress control of type IPortProgress
	function onMessage(message <:CanMessage:> ) {
	    // answer
	    if (message.id == 12) {
	        console.println("received " + message.getLength());
	        can.send(14, STANDARD, 0, 1, 2, 3);
	    // cancel    
	    if (message.id == 99)
	var n = 0;
	while (true) {
	    // send messages
	    can.send(12, STANDARD, n, 1, 2, 3);
	    can.send(24, EXTENDED, n, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7);
	    // sleep and check end
	    if (progress.isCanceled())


Using a multi adapter port, you can combine an unlimited number of different input adapters. The synchronization section of the adapters allows you to synchronize inputs with different domain bases (e.g. each input has its own time base).

11 Synchronisation


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