Communications

New LIN Bus switching devices target vehicles

16th February 2021
Alex Lynn

Human Machine Interface (HMI) specialist EAO has leveraged its experience developing and marketing innovative Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus products and low-cost switches for the automotive market by adding a range of LIN Bus switching devices to its Series 09 range of products.

The LIN Bus, a lower cost alternative to the CAN Bus message-based communications protocol - was specially developed for demanding vehicle control applications. The new LIN Bus Switch Panel and individual Universal Switches join EAO’s rugged CAN Bus keypads, joysticks and modules in its popular Series 09 portfolio of products that principally target driver/operator control applications in trucks and buses, and in specialist vehicle adaptations such as fire engines, cranes etc.

EAO’s new nine-switch LIN Bus sub assembly is quickly and easily connected up before being clipped or screwed into position. Application flexibility is further assured thanks to the configurable switch assignment that allows a range of back-illuminated standard ISO 7000 or custom symbols to be configured to meet individual vehicle requirements. EAO Series 09 Switch Panels can also be ordered with optional red status indicators.

According to Robert Davies, EAO’s UK Marketing Manager, the LIN Bus protocol was specially developed for E1 vehicle applications and has been integrated into the company’s latest switch products strictly in accordance with IATF 16949 specifications: “Our new LIN Bus Switch Panel is a convenient and speedy way to commission in-cab control of  - typically, driver/operator comfort features such as in-cab ventilation, air conditioning and seat heating but also of important security functions such as Reset, Lock & Unlock - in numerous off- and on-road vehicles.”

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