PCAN-USB adapter

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CAN Interface for USB

The PCAN-USB adapter enables simple connection to CAN networks. Its compact plastic casing makes it suitable for mobile applications.

For all information about the PCAN-USB, just click on the following link: www.peak-system.com/quick/CiA-CPG-1.


  • Adapter for the USB connection (Full-Speed mode, compatible with USB 1.1, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0)
  • High-speed CAN connection (ISO 11898-2)
  • Bit rates from 5 kbit/s up to 1 Mbit/s
  • Time stamp resolution approx. 42 µs
  • Compliant with CAN specifications 2.0A (11-bit ID) and 2.0B (29-bit ID)
  • CAN bus connection via D-Sub, 9-pin (in accordance with CiA® 303-1)
  • NXP SJA1000 CAN controller, 16 MHz clock frequency
  • NXP PCA82C251 CAN transceiver
  • 5-Volt supply to the CAN connection can be connected through a solder jumper, e.g. for external bus converter
  • Optional galvanic isolation on the CAN connection up to 500 V
  • Voltage supply via USB
  • Extended operating temperature range from -40 to 85 °C (-40 to 185 °F)

Driver, Software, and Programming Interfaces

Every PC interface from PEAK-System is delivered with a wide range of drivers, software, and programming interfaces. The scope of supply includes:

  • CAN interface drivers for Windows 10, 8.1, 7 and Linux
  • PCAN-View: Windows software for monitoring CAN and CAN FD busses
  • PCAN-Basic API for developing applications with CAN and CAN FD connection for Windows (32/64 bit)
  • PCAN-PassThru for using applications that are based on Pass-Thru (SAE J2534) with interfaces from PEAK-System

Programming interfaces for standardized protocols from the automotive sector like:

  • PCAN-CCP API for the communication with ECUs according to the CAN Calibration Protocol
  • PCAN-XCP API for communication with ECUs according to the Universal Measurement and Calibration Protocol (CAN FD support since version 2)
  • PCAN-ISO-TP API for the transfer of data packages according to ISO-TP (ISO 15765-2)
  • PCAN-UDS API for the communication with ECUs according to UDS (ISO 14229-1)
  • PCAN-OBD-2 API for vehicle diagnostics according to OBD-2 (ISO 15765-4)

For more information about PEAK-System, please visit the manufacturer's website: www.peak-system.com