Robust and compact USB to LIN/CAN/CAN FD gateway

With the DCI-CAN/LIN1 converter you can connect a host PC via USB to CAN/CAN FD and LIN networks.

Application Areas

The DCI-CAN/LIN1 converter connects a host PC to CAN/ CAN FD and LIN networks via USB. It can be used for the measurement of ECU internal variables, ECU calibration, diagnostics and ECU flash programming, and for monitoring the data stream on the CAN and LIN bus in the experiment software ControlDesk. Custom applications can be implemented using the dSPACE CAN API. 

Key Benefits

The DCI‑CAN/LIN1 offers two 9-pin, male Sub-D connectors for connecting two field buses. Up to four field buses can be connected via appropriate adapter cables (2 x CAN/CAN FD, 2 x LIN). The DCI-CAN/LIN1 features an integrated galvanic isolation of the CAN and LIN channels. 

Parameter Specification
General CAN  
  • CAN FD 1.0 (compatible with CAN 2.0 A/B)
  • Transmission standards: CAN FD (ISO 11898-2)
  • Bit rates: 25 kbit/s ... 1 Mbit/s (CAN); 25 kbit/s ... 8 Mbit/s1) (CAN FD)
  • Time stamp resolution: 1 µs
  • NXP CAN transceiver TJA1044GT 
  • LIN specification 2.1
  • Bit rates: 1 ... 20 kbit/s
  • Time stamp resolution: 1 µs
  • Transceiver: NXP TJA1021/20 
Host interface
  • USB 2.0 (compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 3.0) 
Software configuration
  • Via ControlDesk or with dSPACE CAN API 2.0 (compatible with CAN API 1.0)
Physical characteristics Enclosure Aluminum box


  • Two 9-pin, male Sub-D connectors for connection to CAN and LIN
  • A-type USB connector with 1.5 m (59.0 in) cable for connection to the host PC
Physical size
  • 24 x 71.5 x 114 mm (0,94 x 2.81 x 4.49 in)
Approx. weight
  • Approx. 220 g (0.49 lb.)

Temperature range

  • -40 ... 85 °C (-40 ... 185 °F) ambient temperature
  • -40 ... 100 °C (-40 ... 212 °F) storage temperature
Relative humidity
  • 15 ... 90%, not condensing
IP protection class
  • IP 20
Electromagnetic compatibility
  • EN 55024: 2011-09
  • EN 55022: 2011-12
  • EC directive 2014/30/EU
Electrical characteristics Power supply
  • Via USB: +5 V DC, max. 200 mA
  • Via pin 9 of the Sub-D connectors: 8 ... 18 V DC. The voltage is required for LIN operation.  
  Supplying external devices
  • Via pin 1 of the Sub-D connector: +5V DC; <50 mA 
  • No termination of the CAN connector
  Galvanic isolation
  • CAN: Up to 500 V against USB and LIN. Each CAN connection is isolated separately.
  • LIN: Up to 500 V against USB and CAN. Both LIN connections have a common ground. The LIN connections are not galvanically isolated against each other. 
1) The possible transmission rate depends on the environment (cable harness, topology and interferences).

  • USB to LIN/CAN/CAN FD Converter DCI-CAN/LIN1 Product Information, PDF, English, 345 KB
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