Newsletter: October 2020
New Pi Innovo M130 4X CAN & 2X LIN Gateway Controller
The M130 is a multi-purpose gateway and controller designed for applications that require up to 4x CAN and 2x LIN channels. Intended applications include CAN Gateway Module, CAN to LIN Gateway, CAN I/O Expansion Box, CAN-to-CAN message forwarding, LIN-to-CAN message translation, and sensor-to-CAN data broadcasting.
First Fire OEM Engine Control
Pi Innovo has a systematic approach to replace an existing engine controller with an OpenECU, Pi Innovo’s M670, that provides flexible control over the engine’s operation. Our “First Fire” exercise is Pi Innovo’s proven methodology for when access to the OEM ECU is not available. It starts with a baseline of the OEM ECU, and finishes with the M670 running the engine in the dyno with our OpenECU base software platform and engine control strategies, with documentation and full access to the strategy source code and calibrations. Download Pi Innovo‘s Engine Control Strategies presentation for more detail.
ASIL Capability vs ASIL Reality
The ISO 26262 standard is designed to help ensure functional safety in automotive development. Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) is a risk classification scheme defined by the ISO 26262 and this classification identifies the safety requirements necessary to be in line with the ISO 26262, but assigning an ASIL classification is not the same as an ISO 26262 Certification. Today you will find many vendors marketing their components as "ASIL Capable". Statements such as these are misleading.
KVASER + Pi Innovo
Kvaser and Pi Innovo have had a close working relationship for a number of years now. Being part of Kvaser’s Technical Associate (TA) network helps us keep tabs on the evolution of the CAN (Controller Area Network), for example the introduction of CAN-FD and what that means for embedded controls development in the transportation field. Working within the TA network also allows us to forge new business relationships, and to identify products and solutions quickly that might complement Pi Innovo’s offerings.
Kvaser as a company is also a good source of support for CAN based development and expertise. That was demonstrated to great effect as part of an electric vehicle charging demonstration that showed off Pi Innovo’s M560 OpenECU controller running CCS (Combined Charging System) software, utilizing a Kvaser DIN rail system with t-scripting to emulate an EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) unit. This was highlighted on Kvaser’s website recently here.