Controller Area Network (CAN) for Vehicle Applications
I.D. # C0120 Duration 2 Days

The Controller Area Network has become the standard of choice for most automotive manufacturers. Approved for use as an ISO and EPA diagnostic network, its usage continues to grow. This seminar covers the theory and use of the CAN protocol, and its applications in the automotive industry.

Details on how the CAN protocol and other standards (J2411, J2284, J1939, ISO 11898, etc.) complement each other will be presented. Attendees will learn about CAN application layers; the latest J1939, J2284, J2411, and IDB standards, regulations, and implementation requirements; and details of device hardware and software interfaces. Also presented will be demonstrations using system development tools. The SAE standard, J1939 Recommended Practice for a Serial Control and Communications Vehicle Network, is included in the course materials.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Explain CAN protocol.
  • Demonstrate how CAN is used in various automotive applications.
  • Employ CAN-related standards and specifications.

Who Should Attend
This seminar is geared toward validation engineers, test engineers, embedded programmers, and those who are currently working (or will be in the future) with applications using CAN. Participants should have an undergraduate engineering degree.
Seminar Content
  • In-vehicle market overview
  • General network topology overview
  • CAN protocol
  • CAN controller programming
  • CAN physical layers
  • Overview of J2411, J2284, IDB, J1939, Diagnostics on CAN, etc.
  • J1939 in-depth review
  • IDB in-depth review
  • Demonstrations

Instructor(s): Mark Zachos

Mr. Mark Zachos is the president of Dearborn Group, Inc. and has more than twenty years of networking experience. He participates in many SAE and ISO multiplexing committees, including the following: J1850, J1939, J2284, J2411, and J2367. Mr. Zachos holds a B.S. and an M.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan, where he is currently an adjunct professor.
"This course is very informative and clears up a lot of confusion about how CAN Bus is implemented."

Manfred Sever

Product Manager

Applanix Corporation

"CAN is explained in a clear and concise manner. Starting with little or no previous knowledge in CAN, one will leave two days later with a wealth of knowledge on CAN."

Brett Ausburger

VP/Director of Engineering


"This seminar helped me understand very clearly the soft and hardware requirements of CAN."

John H. Boone


Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.

Fees: $1445 SAE Members*: $1156 - $1301
* The appropriate SAE Member discount will be applied through the Registration process.  Discounts vary  according to level of membership: Elite Member 20%; Premium Member 15%; Classic Member 10%
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