CAN Tester*

CAN Tester*

Download Datasheet - CAN Protocol Validation Suite Specifications

Product Details

  • Overview
  • Functional Coverage ​
  • Parametric Coverage
  • Features
  • FAQ

CAN (Controlled Area Network) is an asynchronous, 2-wire serial communication protocol. CAN is a vehicle bus standard that is designed to allow microcontrollers and devices to communicate with each other without the need to have a host controller. CAN is well suited for the automotive industry. Its simple 2-wire interface simplifies IC design with fewer pins and smaller packages, thus reducing the board space and cost. The collision detection and arbitration methods defined in CAN help to perform proper communication without errors and issues, making it a reliable protocol interface. 


As a part of product validation, it’s important to validate the product’s conformance against the protocol specification to ensure its interoperability. As the complexity of the protocol and product increases, the validation time of the protocol interfaces also increases, which, in turn, reduces the RTM. Performing the protocol conformance testing traditionally needs a lot of time and effort. 


Soliton’s CAN Protocol Validation Tool is an off-the-shelf validation tool using NI’s PXI Platform, which helps validate the device’s compliance with the timing and electrical specifications of the CAN protocol. The tool can also validate the device’s tolerance to and recovery from various CAN faults & exceptions and provides a comprehensive set of reports. Users have claimed that using this automated solution for CAN Protocol Validation has brought down the test time/ validation time from a few days to a few hours.  

Functional Coverage ​
  • CAN Base 
  • CAN Flexible Data Rate (FD)
  • CAN Extended
  • Data Frame
  • Remote Frame
  • Error Frame
  • Valid Frame Reception and Message Validation
  • Identifier Test for both Base format and Extended Format
  • Data reception test with byte lengths up to and greater than 8 bytes for CAN and 64 bytes for CAN FD
  • DLC up to and greater than 8 bytes for CAN and 64 bytes for CAN FD
  • Reception/Transmission after Arbitration Loss
  • Validating ACK response
Parametric Coverage
  • Inducing Stuff Error for Base and Extended Frame
  • Inducing Form Error
    • Making bits like CRCD, ACKD, EOF Dominant
    • Skipping SOF and EOF
    • Send Extra bits
    • Skip some bits from the packet
  • Inducing CRC Error by transmitting Wrong CRC Values
  • Transmitting mismatched DLC and Data bytes
  • Transmitting wrong Identifier
  • Transmitting wrong IDE
  • Inducing Glitch into the waveform
  • Validating the Error Frame
  • Validating the Overload Frame
  • Error Counter Validation to verify whether the error counter increments after each error
  • Data Rate
  • Skew between CAN_H and CAN_L Lines 
  • Idle Time between two Valid Commands
  • Rise time of CAN_H Signal
  • Fall time of CAN_H Signal
  • CAN_H High and Low Voltage Level
  • CAN_L High and Low Voltage Level
Features of I2C Protocol Validation
  • ISO 9001 Certified Product
  • Simple, Flexible, Modular and Light Bench Setup
  • Easy to use CAN Protocol Exerciser and Debugger to perform various CAN commands with controllable timings/voltage levels
  • Protocol compliance testing with zero coding
  • Comprehensive reporting feature to report the test pass/fail reports
  • Generates Full Compliance reports in less than 2 hours
  • Reproduce failure cases in few clicks
  • Easy to build and test custom device specific tests
  • Automation Capability (DLLs/APIs) from external programming environment/automation frameworks like LabVIEW, C#, Python, TestStand, etc
  • Leverage Soliton’s experience in protocol validation and debugging
What else can I do with NI's PXI chassis/modules?​

The PXIe-657x module is a general-purpose programmable pattern generator and acquisition device with deep memory. It can be used for other protocol validation tools from us. Also, it can be programmed using LabVIEW or other programming languages to emulate any synchronous digital protocol. NI’s PXI chassis supports high bandwidth and synchronization-friendly control and read back from a huge variety of digital, analog, and special-purpose modules in a compact form factor.​

Which oscilloscope models are supported?​

The Protocol Validation Suite supports any NI scope by default. The tool has a flexible architecture that allows the support of other oscilloscope models. We can help you in building the oscilloscope plugin for one of your oscilloscopes​.

What type of documentation and training will be available for each solution?

User manuals, Getting started guides, and tutorial videos are available for each solution and can be easily accessed from within the product. Additionally, we will provide short live training sessions upon request. ​

Can the tool be used for out-of-the-box validation?

Yes, The tool comes with out of box test scripts which can be used for validation after entering the device-specific details​

Technical Documentation

Soliton’s CAN Validation Suite is an off the shelf validation tool using NI’s PXI Platform, which helps to validate the devices’ compliance with timing and electrical specifications of the CAN protocol. It contains the below components. 

  • NI PXIe 657x – Digital Pattern Generation Card with the PXIe Chassis setup 
  • Oscilloscope – For performing voltage measurements 
  • Soliton CAN Validation Suite Software compatible with Windows OS (Win 10) 


For more details, download the datasheet
Download CAN Protocol Validation Suite - Specifications


Soliton’s CAN Validation suite is based on the NI – PXI Platform, and the below NI part configuration lists the hardware required to perform the validation

The Solution also needs a custom Interposer Board for signal conditioning purposes. 


The DUT can be connected through the Berg Connector​
The DUT can be connected through the Berg Connector.​

Support & Training

For any queries, contact us at [email protected]. We will respond within 1 business day.

*Please note that this product is in the alpha stage.




  • Design Engineers, Test Engineers, Post Silicon Validation Engineers, Engineering Managers, Validation Managers, Lab Managers etc. from the Semiconductor Industry.
  • Post Silicon validation of Chips with CAN interface
  • Semiconductor Chip Manufacturers making CAN Devices
  • Product Manufacturers making products with CAN interface




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