The CAN in Automation (CiA) nonprofit association has elected Harm-Peter Krause (esd) as business director. Uwe Koppe (MicroControl) and Holger Zeltwanger have been confirmed as technical director respectively managing director. The business director is also the chairperson of the Business Committee (BC). Elected BC-members are Emtas, Janz Tec, Kaba, Micro Control, and Spansion.
The Technical Committee (TC) is presided by the technical director and comprises the elected members Emtas, esd, Infineon, and Ixxat/HMS. The international users' and manufacturers' group has 582 members. They develop jointly CAN-based higher-layer protocols and profiles. This includes in particular the CANopen specifications.
The CiA association represents its members in international standardization bodies and provides training and publication services. In addition, the organization performs CANopen conformance tests and CANopen interoperability tests. In this year, one of the main activities is the standardization of CAN FD - the improved CAN protocol. It allows bit-rates higher than 1 Mbit/s and payloads up to 64 byte per message.