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Tektronix: Decoding, trigger and search support for the CAN-XL protocol released

March 20, 2024. Tektronix, Inc. a leading provider of test and measurement solutions, today announced the release of the Tektronix CAN XL (Controller Area Network Extended Length) protocol decoder, enabling engineers to integrate the latest generation of CAN communications and helping Tektronix customers compete in today’s rapidly changing technology landscape.

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With the ability to decode signals in the form of data packets transmitted with CAN XL frames on a CAN network, Tektronix’ CAN XL protocol decoder runs on today’s Series 4, 5 and 6 MSO oscilloscopes and also provides key features such as error detection, analysis and debugging of timing and protocol headers. With this release, Tektronix accelerates CAN XL design and debug workflows, and the intuitive user interface of the Series 4, 5 and 6 MSOs helps accelerate CAN XL workflows for the growing number of customers in the transportation industry.

CAN XL is the latest innovation in the CAN (Controller Area Network) protocol family developed and standardized by the CAN in Automation (CiA) consortium, of which Tektronix is a member.  The new standard enables mixed message types – Ethernet tunneling and traditional signal-based CAN – at faster data rates of 20 Mbps. These transmission types and rates are required to process ever-increasing amounts of sensor data, enable advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) functions and pave the way for the software-defined vehicle (SDV).

“The Tektronix CAN XL protocol decoder is a powerful tool that demonstrates Tektronix’ commitment to innovation and meeting the needs of our customers in automotive, industrial automation and beyond,” said Subhasis Bera, business manager, Protocols and Software Platform. “We look forward to creating versatile solutions that exceed the expectations of our valued customers.”

Support for the new CAN-XL framework is included in the Automotive Bus Decode and Analysis (SRAUTO) software package available for Tektronix Series 4, 5 and 6 MSO oscilloscopes. Customers who already have the SRAUTO package can upgrade it and add the ability to decode CAN XL data packets, not only displaying normal data, but also clearly displaying CRC errors, missing ACKs and XL form errors. The package provides the ability to trigger on CAN XL Start of Frame and End of Frame as well as search captured signals to find specific CAN XL packets. The package also decodes CAN and CAN FD decoding and supports mixed-mode networks. Decoded packets can be displayed in both a waveform view and a formatted, time-stamped table.

The Tektronix CAN XL protocol decoder is now available worldwide as part of the SRAUTO option or as a firmware update for devices with an active license for the SRAUTO software package. It is also available as part of application software packages for automotive and serial bus support.  For more information, see the Serial Triggering and Analysis datasheet.

About Tektronix

Tektronix, Inc. headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, delivers innovative, accurate and easy-to-use test, measurement and monitoring solutions that solve problems, gain insights and drive discovery worldwide. Tektronix has been at the forefront of the digital age for more than 75 years.

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