The USB2-F-7001 is a USB to CANbus adapter which incorporates the FTDI FT245R USB to FIFO interface IC device. The adapter provides a fast, simple way to connect CANbus devices to a host PC with a USB port.
Each USB2-F-7001 contains a small internal electronic circuit board mounted inside of a plastic case capable of withstanding industrial temperature ranges. The FT245R datasheet, DS_FT245R, is available at http://www.ftdichip.com. The integrated electronics include a Microchip PIC with the ECAN controller. LEDs give a visual indication of the CANbus status.
The USB2-F-7001 does not require a power supply. It is powered from the USB connection. The USB2-F-7001 requires 150mA and must be connected directly to a USB Host port, or a self-powered USB hub (i.e. with an external power supply). Bus-powered USB hubs are not supported since they cannot provide the required current.
Flexible mounting allows the USB2-F-7001 to be used in a variety of applications, from a portable adapter to accompany a laptop to permanent installations in industrial and commercial locations.
The enclosure incorporates a standard USB-B device connector for connection to an upstream host or hub port. CANbus signals are available on an industry-standard DE-9P connector conforming to the CAN-in-Automation (CiA) DS102-2 pin-out. The maximum CANbus data rate is 1Mbps.
The USB2-F-7001 adapter requires USB device drivers, available free from www.easysync-ltd.com, which are used to make the USB2-F-7001 appear as a Virtual COM port (VCP). Communications in VCP mode are accomplished with ASCII commands to the CAN controller.
Another USB device driver included with the download, the D2XX driver, can also be used with application software to directly access the FT245R, and used in conjunction with a CAN command Application Programming Interface (API) through the use of DLLs. The high-level API is listed in the documents section: USB2-F-7001 API Guide.
Adds one CANbus port by connecting to USB
Easy plug & play installation and CANbus device connection
Works with USB 1.1 & 2.0 Host and Hub ports
Industry Standard FTDI chip set & drivers for maximum compatibility
Installs as standard Windows COM port or USB Serial Device.
COM Port Number can be changed to COM1 to COM4 or any other COM port number required
Supports Windows Server 2008, 2003, Vista, XP 2000, Linux, Mac OS X