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Embedded Networking with CAN and CANopen Paperback – November 1, 2003
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About the Author
Olaf Pfeiffer is a cofounder of the Embedded Systems Academy, conducts CAN and CANopen training classes, and consults clients on their embedded networking requirements. He is a regular speaker at the Embedded Systems Conference, the Real-Time and Embedded Computing show, and at the International CAN Conference. He has written articles about CAN and CANopen that have been published in magazines such as Circuit Cellar Ink, Embedded Systems Programming, Automotive Test Report, and Control Engineering. Andrew Ayre is a tutor and consultant specializing in embedded software engineering and is responsible for all PC-based software developments including PCANopen Magic at the Embedded Systems Academy. He has taught classes at Embedded University, Future University, the Real-Time and Embedded Computing Conferences and the Embedded Systems Conference. Christian Keydel is a director of the Embedded Systems Academy, where he supervises new class development and consults clients on embedded technologies including CAN and CANopen. He is a frequent speaker at the Embedded Systems Conferences and the Real-Time and Embedded Computing Conferences.
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CANopen (the topic if this book) is not the only CAN protocol available. This book covers CANopen, don't get this thinking you are going to learn about SAE-J1939. True to the title, it covers CANopen.
Each section has a great deal of information and there are LOTS of tables showing the structure of each CANopen element. Sections cover each of the basic message types, transmission and reception of data, NMT and network modes. Additional sections cover physical CAN signal requirements, Draft(potential) Standards, configuration examples, network topologies and recommended connectors. If you need to troubleshoot CAN system that uses CANopen or are interested in implementing a device that will use CANopen, this information is invaluable. It doesn't cover everything, but it does effectivly blend the "reference manual" with the "tutorial," leaning towards "reference."
In some cases however, I didn't feel that the examples were all that illustrative and a few times I was left wondering about some seemingly magic transition or the interaction of values in the object dictionary. This didn't happen too frequently, and overall, I'm satisfied.
Overall, this book is a very good value and really helps to fill a void in CAN literature. If you are on a budget and need to start working with CAN, this may be your best choice. Other books hover around 3-times the price of this one and/or have been out for some time. This book was a good choice, and can stay in the lab.
Also bear in mind that you should get the CIA spec (it is free), but this book describes all the aspects that you need, particularly the Object Dictionary.