Introduction

NI-XNET Hardware and Software Help

Edition Date: November 2018

Part Number: 372841U-01

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Welcome to NI-XNET, the National Instruments software for CAN, FlexRay, and LIN products.

NI-XNET is designed to meet the following goals:

  • Ease of use: NI-XNET features provide fundamental concepts so that you can get started with programming.
  • Consistency: NI-XNET uses common industry concepts for embedded networks such as CAN. These concepts help to abstract the differences between protocols, so you can focus on your application.
  • Completeness: NI-XNET provides a broad spectrum of features, from easy-to-use signal I/O, down to more advanced streaming of raw frames. You can use these features simultaneously on the same interface: input along with output and signal I/O along with frame I/O.
  • Performance: Read and Write functions are designed to execute quickly, without loss of data. Performance for LabVIEW Real-Time (RT) applications is a key focus of NI-XNET software and hardware architecture.

If you are new to the CAN protocol, refer to Summary of the CAN Standard for an introduction. If you are new to the FlexRay protocol, refer to Summary of the FlexRay Standard for an introduction. If you are new to the LIN protocol, refer to Summary of the LIN Standard for an introduction.

The NI-XNET Hardware Overview summarizes the features of National Instruments hardware for CAN, FlexRay, and LIN.

If you use LabVIEW for programming, refer to the Getting Started topic of the NI-XNET API for LabVIEW for a description of NI-XNET software concepts and programming models.

If you use C, C++, or another language for programming, refer to the Getting Started topic of the NI-XNET API for C for a description of NI-XNET software concepts and programming models.

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