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Solution

Opal-RT's LIN protocol solution is offered on NI or RTLAB platforms. 

The solution on the RT-LAB platform requires a Gateway device to link a LIN device to a CAN port on an Opal-RT simulator. The LIN device should be able to convert LIN messages into CAN messages, and vice versa. This allows an Opal-RT real-time simulator to communicate with a LIN device in a variety of setups (RCP, HIL). a gateway solution can come in a variety of forms, what we recommend, is the IXXAT FRC-EP 170 or 190 Gateways. These gateways allows you to convert the two protocols, via IXXAT's ACT Software, in either direction. The user may upload their LDF (LIN Description File) on the IXXAT device, and it will convert it into a CAN DBC file (CAN's description file type) - allowing you to upload it on the simulator, thus achieving a common description of the communication bus architecture in two different protocols.

The solution on the NI PXI platform is supported via a range of cards or modules that are offered. LINE 1.3, 2.0, and 2.1 are supported. Using the NI-XNET driver allows the user to communicate with external LIN devices in real-time. The architecture of the LIN bus along with the timing schedule of the messages can be described by the user in VeriStand.

LIN consists of one master device and 1 or more slaves. The master device sends all the messages, and maximum 1 slave responds at a time to a give message identifier. Since the master is what initiates the communication, there is at timing schedule set out in the bus description, and collision detection needs to be implemented. The Protocol is cheap to implement, and is used in the automotive industry for communication between car components. 

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Platform Compatibility



Product Selection Guide

RT-LAB (Veristand below)

With RT-LAB, an external gateway is required to convert CAN bus to LIN. An OP3411 CAN bus kit is required as well. Contact us for more information on this solution.

TypeProduct Number(s)DescriptionSimulator CompatibilityAdditional requirement(s)
OP4510-seriesOP5600-seriesOP5700-seriesOP5000-series
Software/Add-on moduleOP3411-4510

CAN bus Interface Kit, KVASER PCIe CAN for OP4510

* OP3414 -  RT-LAB Driver included: License for 4 channels




Requires the OP4510 PCIe slot to be open (Note only one slot).
Software/Add-on moduleOP3411-5600

CAN bus Interface Kit, KVASER PCIe CAN for OP5600

* OP3414 -  RT-LAB Driver included: License for 4 channels




Available PCI interface required. Requires one OP3520 license per board
Software/Add-on moduleOP3411-5707

CAN bus Interface Kit, KVASER PCIe CAN for OP5707, OP5030, OP6200V2

* OP3414 -  RT-LAB Driver included: License for 4 channels




Available PCI interface required. Requires one OP3520 license per board
Add-on ModuleN/ACAN to LIN gateway. Contact us for this option.


Requires CAN bus interface kit.

NI VeriStand

When using NI PXIe hardware, the PXIe8510 module supporting 2 to 6 ports is required along with VeriStand.

TypeProduct NumbersDescription
PXIe ModulePXIe8510 (784122-01 or 784121-01)2 or 6 port multi protocol interface module
Software780590-35NI VeriStand Full Development System
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