CAN Bus interface for PANDA
This is the wiki of the PANDA CAN bus interface for the Raspberry Pi Computer
Many devices used in the PANDA Detector Control are controlled via a CAN bus interface.
Therefore we need also a CAN bus interface for the front-end computers which can be used with EPICS.
This interface must fulfill the following requirements:
- High data throughput
- Availability of hardware
- Easy maintainability of software
- Costs should be as low as possible
- Little space required
- Galvanic insulation
A small PCB using the SJA1000 stand-alone CAN controller was developed. This chip has a parallel interface
using eight multiplexed data-/address lines and five control lines. To safe space and keep the costs as low as
possible this chip is directly connected to the general purpose I/O ports of an CPU.
The developed PCB has the same dimensions as the Raspberry Pi Computer
is designed as an extension board for this computer. It also provides a RS232 interface.
Schematics and Layout
The kernel module for the CAN bus interface is based on the open-source kernel module for
the interfaces by PEAK Systems
The interface supports all standard bit rates. For testing the performance frames with 8 byte length have been send over the CAN
All currently supported devices use standard frames @ 125 kbit/s
EPICS device support for the CAN bus interface itself and several devices controlled via CAN bus
- ISEG EHS/EDS high voltage power supply
- Wiener VME crate remote control
- Light pulser
- TMCM142 high-performance single axis stepper motor controller/driver
Please refer to DCS.SupportedHardware
for further details on these devices
The source code for the EPICS support and Kernel module can be found on
SD-Card Image for Raspberry Pi Computer
A SD-Card image for the Raspberry Pi computer with the kernel module for this interface and EPICS already installed
is available under
A 4 GB card is required.
Currently there are two users available:
pi (passwd: raspberry)
panda (passwd: pandadcs)
An EPICS IOC is installed via the PANDA DCS apt repository. Configuration of the IOC can be done in the dir "/etc/epics/iocpandadcscan/"
After booting the Pi ProcServ will be started with the EPICS IOC for CAN
bus as child process allowing access via telnet on port 20000.
The child process is not started automatically.
For further questions and suggestions please contact
- 26 Jun 2013
- 02 Feb 2015