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Review: Embedded Networking with CAN and CANOpen

Embedded Networking with CAN and CANOpen by Pfeiffer, Ayre, and Keydel, RTC Group /Annabooks Copperhill, 2003.

Summary: 8.5/10, highly recommended.

The book covers the CANOpen basics well. It helps that I’m already familiar with basic CAN and CANOpen concepts (SDO, PDO, Object Dictionary, etc), but the explanations are clear, and the authors do provide concrete examples, which always helps.

The book does go into some low level details, such as CANOpen message formats. That’s good knowledge to have – I’ve never regretted learning about computing at the bit level. If you need really detailed information about CAN, then you will need another book.

The final part of the book is a CANOpen summary. I expect to be using this section quite a bit as I continue experimenting with CANOpen.

I don’t have real complaints about the book. I do wish, however, for a complimentary book specifically about CANOpen in factory automation. For example, this book does not cover DS402 (drive profile) at all.

Tony

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