CAN FD Plug Fest proves the quality of Kvaser’s CAN FD IP core

21/04/2016 by Kvaser

Leading Controller Area Network (CAN) interface specialist, Kvaser AB, is pleased to announce that its CAN with Flexible Data-Rate (CAN FD) IP was put through rigorous bit rate tests at the second CAN FD plugfest event between 6th & 7th April 2016 in Detroit, USA, and passed with flying colours!

The event gathered many of the CiA member companies that are implementing CAN FD in silicon to test the interoperability of their CAN FD implementations using different topologies and transmission speeds. After testing basic functions such as sending and receiving messages, the data-phase bit-rate was increased in steps from 2 Mbit/s to 8 Mbit/s. Kvaser’s IP implementation has been designed to support CAN FD bit-rates up to 8 Mbit/s with 80MHz clock frequency, so it met the tests with ease.

Kvaser’s Research Manager, Kent Lennartsson conducted the tests on Kvaser’s CAN FD FPGA, as used in Kvaser’s CAN FD compliant interfaces. Talking about the event, he reported: “About 20 different solutions were tested and no major problems were found. Proof of the robustness of CAN FD technology was that the shortening and lengthening of some critical bits didn’t result in faults. This bodes well for the roll-out of CAN FD in the near future.”

A complete set of Kvaser IP modules for CAN FD (Flexible Data Rate) is available to non-strategic customers through Synective Labs. Synective can supply either a bus interfaceable core bundled with demo software, or a BSP (Bit Stream Processor) block, stripped of buffers and other features, making it very small. The IP is available for Xilinx, Altera, and other FPGA vendors.

About CAN FD

CAN FD is an extension to the original CAN protocol as specified in ISO 11898-1:2015 that responds to increased bandwidth requirements in automotive networks. CAN FD allows for a flexible data rate and larger packet size that makes it ideally suited to new, data intensive automotive applications such as body electronics and in-car networking.

Kvaser made an early start in CAN FD and its CAN FD implementation was one of the few to run all test cases without any problems at the CAN FD Plug Fest in Detroit in March 2015.

Kent Lennartsson is an active member of the ISO 11898-1 and ISO 16845-1 committees, which cover both CAN and CAN FD.

About Kvaser

With 30 years of CAN development experience and more than 60 CAN-to-PC related products to its name, Kvaser AB ( is the CAN expert, bringing its deep knowledge in the field of CAN to industries that include Automotive, Avionics, Building Automation, Domestic Appliances, Hydraulic Equipment, Industrial Automation, Maritime, Medical, Military, Railway, Telecoms and Textiles.

A powerful and easy to use API that is common to all Kvaser interfaces has made Kvaser products popular among systems, as well as tool designers. Meanwhile, end users value Kvaser’s high quality, reliability and comprehensive third party support. OEM versions of Kvaser products are also available, making a cost efficient alternative to in-house development for many companies.

Kvaser is headquartered in Mölndal, Sweden, with regional offices in Mission Viejo, CA in the United States, and in Shanghai, China. Kvaser AB also has a global network of highly knowledgeable Qualified Sales Representatives and Technical Associates. To find the nearest Kvaser supplier to you, please visit

Synective Labs

Synective formed in 2003 by a group of experts who worked with FPGA technology for calculations with very high performance. The company has over the years expanded and is today an internationally recognized partner in the field of heterogeneous systems and acceleration software, which FPGAs and GPUs are the two key components that are used.

Synective Group has 24 employees with offices in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Linköping.

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Vanessa Knivett, Kvaser Media Relations
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Magnus Peterson, CTO, Synective Labs
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Håkan Dahlbom, Marketing & Sales, Synective Labs
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