Difference: CAN (r5 vs. r4)

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
  • Reliability
  • Costs should be as low as possible
  • Little space required
  • Shielding
  • 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 and is designed as an extension board for this computer. It also provides a RS232 interface.


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 (5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 125, 250, 500, and 1000 kbit/s) rates. For testing the performance frames with 8 byte length have been send over the CAN bus:

kbit/s frames/s
5 34 41
10 69 82
20 139 165
50 350 416
100 689 800
125 869 1052
250 1666 2000
500 3333 4000
1000 6666 6666

All currently supported devices use standard frames @ 125 kbit/s

EPICS support

EPICS device support for the CAN bus interface itself and several devices controlled via CAN bus is available:

  • ISEG EHS/EDS high voltage power supply
  • Wiener VME crate remote control
  • THMP
  • Light pulser
  • TMCM142 high-performance single axis stepper motor controller/driver

Please refer to DCS.SupportedHardware for further details on these devices

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 http://www.ep1.rub.de/~florian/epics/raspi_panda.img.tar.gz A 4 GB card is required.

Currently there are two users available:
pi (passwd: raspberry)
epics (passwd: pandadcs)

EPICS base, SNL Sequencer, AsynDriver and StreamDevice are installed in the directory /usr/Epics/.
An EPICS IOC with all these modules included is installed in /home/epics/Panda_DCS

Schematics and Layout

Schematics and layout are uploaded to EDMS. These files were created with CadSoft eagle v5.11.

Contact Person

For further questions and suggestions please contact FlorianFeldbauer

-- FlorianFeldbauer - 18 Dec 2012

PANDA-RPi_CAN.pdfpdfPANDA-RPi_CAN.pdfmanage 67.3 K 26 Jun 2013 - 10:38FlorianFeldbauer Schematic of the adapter PCB

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