Controller Area Network (CAN) With Selectable Termination Reference Design


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Typically in bus communication technologies, such as controller area network (CAN) and RS-485, the two farthest nodes in the network are terminated with 120Ω termination resistors and the other nodes are left unterminated. This process requires that the hardware designer know the layout of the end application, but that is not always the case, since the hardware designer is not necessarily the end user of the product.  TIDA-01238 documents and tests two individual circuits that make termination selectable at the individual CAN nodes, which makes placing termination at any node possible. Selectable termination takes the guess work out of network implementation by allowing any node to be the terminating node.

  • Selectable termination from an MCU of steady-state source
  • Works with any CAN transceiver
  • Minimal number of components for cost-optimized design

A fully assembled board has been developed for testing and performance validation only, and is not available for sale.

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Design files

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Reference design overview and verified performance test data


Detailed schematic diagram for design layout and components


Complete listing of design components, reference designators, and manufacturers/part numbers


Detailed overview of design layout for component placement


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Design file that contains information on physical board layer of design PCB


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CAN & LIN transceivers & SBCs

TCAN1042-Q1Automotive fault-protected CAN transceiver with flexible data-rate

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N-channel MOSFETs

CSD17483F430-V, N channel NexFET™ power MOSFET, single LGA 1 mm x 0.6 mm, 260 mOhm, gate ESD protection

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N-channel MOSFETs

CSD87502Q230-V, N channel NexFET™ power MOSFET, dual SON 2 mm x 2, 42 mOhm, gate ESD protection

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* Design guide Selectable Termination for Controller Area Network (CAN) Systems Design Guide Oct. 14, 2016

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