CatchTheBus® is a freely programmable ECU with a focus on the bus communication systems. CatchTheBus® supports several communication buses:

  1. FlexRay
  2. CAN
  3. CAN FD
  4. LIN
  5. Powerline communication
  6. Ethernet
  7. RS232.

Thereby CatchTheBus® is the optimal solution for control units (Rapid Control Prototyping), gateways, remaining bus simulations, and signal manipulations.

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CatchTheBus® – Cost Effective and Efficient!

CatchTheBus® provides you with the following properties a competitive advantage:


The modular architecture of CatchTheBus® is forward-looking and allows customized extensions with new interfaces. Explinovo provides a wide range of different modules and develops new ones to meet your future needs. CatchTheBus®, therefore, offers the possibility to cover your needs for a long-term period with just one device.


The use of the universal programming language C, as well as the elimination of configuration software, shorten the learning curve considerably of your employees. A high quality and intuitive API (driver libraries), outstanding documentation (DOXYGEN) and numerous sample codes also allow quick setup of each interface within a few minutes.


  • 1x FlexRay
  • 5x CAN – four of them support also CAN FD
  • 2x LIN
  • 1x Ethernet
  • 2x Powerline Communication
  • 2x RS-232
  • 4x Digital outputs
  • 2x Analog inputs


  • Expandable – Lego bricks principle
  • User friendly – taking into operation of each interface within minutes
  • High quality drivers – MISRA-C compliant and including a doxygen documentation
  • Source code examples available for each functionality
  • Real time capable
  • Stand-alone solution
  • Compact
  • Connection to a PC via Ethernet

Field of application

  • Rapid Control Prototyping
  • Gateways
  • Remaining bus simulation
  • Signal manipulation
  • Network interface
  • Sensor/actuator systems


  • Freescale 9S12XF512, 16 bit, fCPU=100[MHz], X-GATE coprocessor
  • Memory: 512kB Flash, 32kB RAM, 4kB EEPROM
  • CAN
  • CAN FD
  • FlexRay
  • LIN
  • Powerline Communication
  • Ethernet
  • RS-232
  • Digital outputs
  • Analog inputs
  • Bootloader
  • Tasks
  • System time
  • Software triggers
  • Watchdog
  • TCP/IP stack with telnet and webserver
  • Several system interrupts (e.g. low-voltage, high temperature, …)
  • Operating voltage: 10 – 30[VDC]
  • Inverse-polarity protection: 40[VDC]
  • Temperature range: -40[°C] to +85[°C], resp. -40[°F] to +185[°F]
  • Length x Width x Height: 108 x 62 x 28 [mm], resp. 4.17 x 1.06 x 2.48 [in]
  • Approx. 240 [g] resp. 0.53 [lbs]
    • DIN EN61000-4-2: Electrostatic Discharge Immunity Tests
    • DIN EN61000-4-3: Immunity to radiated radio frequencies
    • DIN EN61000-4-4: Electrical Fast Transient/Burst
    • DIN EN61000-4-5: Surge immunity
    • DIN EN61000-4-6: Immunity to conducted radio frequencies
    • DIN EN61000-4-29: Voltage dips, short interruptions, and voltage variations
    • DIN EN55011 rad.: Radiated emission
    • DIN EN55011 cond.: Conducted emission
      This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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