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CAN System Engineering

From Theory to Practical Applications

  • Wolfhard Lawrenz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Wolfhard Lawrenz
    Pages 1-40
  3. Wolfhard Lawrenz, Cornelius Butzkamm, Bernd Elend, Thorsten Gerke, Magnus-Maria Hell, Ursula Kelling et al.
    Pages 41-130
  4. Wolfhard Lawrenz, Florian Hartwich, Ursula Kelling, Vamsi Krishna, Roland Lieder, Peter Riekert
    Pages 131-171
  5. Gangolf Feiter, Lars-Berno Fredriksson, Karsten Hoffmeister, Joakim Pauli, Holger Zeltwanger
    Pages 173-254
  6. Guenter Reichart, Gabriel Leen, Nathalie Courmont, Ralph Knüppel, Christian Schmid, Markus Brockmann
    Pages 255-282
  7. Wolfhard Lawrenz, Federico Cañas, Maria Fischer, Stefan Krauß, Lothar Kukla, Nils Obermoeller
    Pages 283-343
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 345-353

About this book


The controller area network (CAN) microcontroller communication protocol is now ubiquitous in a staggeringly wide range of transportation and industrial control applications.

This fully revised and updated new edition addresses the various challenges and open questions relating to CAN communication networks. Opening with a short introduction into the fundamentals of CAN, the book then examines the problems and solutions for the physical layout of networks, including EMC issues and topology layout. Additionally, a discussion of quality issues with a particular focus on test techniques is presented. Each chapter features a collection of illuminating insights and detailed technical information supplied by a selection of internationally-regarded experts from industry and academia.

Topics and features:

  • Presents thorough coverage of architectures, implementations and application of CAN transceiver, data link layer and so-called higher layer software
  • Explains CAN EMC characteristics and countermeasures, as well as how to design CAN networks
  • Demonstrates how to practically apply and test CAN systems
  • Includes examples of real networks from diverse applications in automotive engineering, avionics, and home heating technology
  • Includes a glossary of abbreviations, and a useful bibliography

This comprehensive text will be an invaluable guide/reference for electronic engineers working with industrial control systems.

Prof. Dr. Wolfhard Lawrenz is the former founder and director of C&S Group GmbH. He has extensive worldwide experience and recognition in working with CAN techniques with companies ranging from automotive manufacturers and suppliers to semiconductor manufacturers, as well as international standardization committees such as ISO and SAE.

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfhard Lawrenz
    • 1
  1. 1.C&S group GmbHWolfenbüttelGermany

Bibliographic information


From the book reviews:

“This edition comprises six chapters that cover the architecture, physical layer, data link implementation, higher-level protocols, applications, and testing. … Each of the six chapters provides a clear exposition of its subject. … All in all, this would be a welcome addition to one’s bookshelf and could be useful in an upper-level university course.” (J. S. Edwards, Computing Reviews, June, 2014)