It lets you learn about the basic properties of data communications in a FlexRay network in advance of the workshop. This not only simplifies. Accordingly, a consortium developed standards for what came to be called FlexRay. As currently implemented, it comprises the bus for what is. The FlexRay. Protocol. Philip Koopman. Significant material drawn from. FlexRay Specification Version , June 30 Nov © Copyright

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FlexRay is commonly used in a simple multi-drop bus topology that features a single network cable run that connects multiple ECUs together.

The trailer contains three 8-bit CRCs to detect errors. Retrieved 16 February To do so, it uses 2 special types of frames: Depending a vehicle’s layout and level of FlexRay usage, selecting the right topology helps designers optimize cost, performance, and reliability for a given design.

Every FlexRay node is synchronized to the same clock, and each nodes waits for its turn to write on the bus.

This E-Learning module is intended for all those who wish to gain a better understanding of FlexRay communication technology. The bus and star topologies can be combined to form a hybrid topology. Figure 3 illustrates a simple network with four static slots being used by three ECUs.

For further navigation please use the arrows within the gray bar in the top right corner. Symbol Window Typically used for network maintenance and signaling for starting the network.


Payload of a FlexRay Frame. All the communication is sent in the form of frames. The dynamic segment operates more like CANwith nodes taking control of the bus as fkexray, allowing event-triggered behavior.

FlexRay Automotive Communication Bus Overview – National Instruments

The Header CRC is used to detect errors during the transfer. Static Segment Figure 3: This article will explain the core concepts of FlexRay. There are a variety of schemes used to prevent contention on a bus.

Hybrid Network The bus and flrxray topologies can be combined to form a hybrid topology. FlexRay delivers the error tolerance and time-determinism performance requirements for x-by-wire applications i. Most FlexRay nodes typically also have power and ground wires available to power transceivers and microprocessors. This space is configured with the network by the flsxray designer. Figure 13 illustrates an example where four wheel positions are broadcast in the static slots of the frame.

FlexRay Automotive Communication Bus Overview

The action of starting up the FlexRay bus is known as a cold-start and the nodes sending the startup frames are usually known as cold-start nodes. Each ECU has an independent clock. Drift is smaller than 1 cycle per cycles, and during transmission the clock is synchronized more than once every cycles.

If two nodes were to write at the same time, you end up with contention on the bus and data becomes corrupt. If nothing is being communicated, the bus is held in state 1 high voltageso every receiver knows that the communication started when the voltage drops to 0.


This can be done using two more more synchronization nodes. Simplified Synchronization process of a FlexRay network FlexRay has the unique ability to sync up nodes on a network without an external synchronization clock signal. The receiver keeps a buffer of the last 5 samples, and uses the majority of the last 5 samples as protocpl input signal.

Serial Bus Systems in the Automobile – FlexRay for data exchange in highly critical safety applications. Most ECUs programs work with FlexRay data as signals and leave the conversion of signals to raw frame basicd up to the driver protkcol lower-level communication protocols.

Because the macrotick is synchronized, data that relies on it is also synchronized. Advanced control and safety systems–combining multiple sensors, actuators flexrya electronic control units–are beginning to require synchronization and performance past what the existing standard, Controller Area Network CANcan provide. When you take one or more bits or bytes from a FlexRay frame, apply a scaling and offset, you get a signal that is useful for communicating actual parameters between ECUs.

The end result of the dynamic segment is a scheme similar to the arbitration scheme used by CAN.