NEXIQ updates USB-Link interface

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NEXIQ Technologies announced a driver update to its USB-Link 3 Vehicle Interface. 

Billed as a next-generation VCI that allows users to “make the connection any way you like,” NEXIQ says the USB-Link 3 drivers now include support for RP1210 and J2534 CAN FD and DoIP protocols.

“CAN FD and DoIP protocols increase diagnostic speed because data is communicated at a faster rate,” says Dave Shock, NEXIQ Technologies product manager. “Bottlenecks in the transfer of information are not the result of the USB cable or Wi-Fi, but rather the CAN communication. Integrating USB-Link 3 with CAN FD and DoIP protocols decreases the time required to transfer data, thereby eliminating CAN bottlenecks and increasing the overall speed of diagnostic results.” 

While adding speed to the diagnostic process was important, it wasn’t the only reason for the enhancement, the company adds.  

“We knew this was an emerging technology, and we wanted to have it available for our OEM customers as they develop new vehicles with this architecture,” says Shock. “Plus, by the time these new vehicles hit the road, we wanted to provide customers with the right diagnostic equipment for our repair facility. And this is exactly what we accomplished — without removing any legacy support or capability. For example, USB-Link 3 connects seamlessly to a PC, tablet or smart phone via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.”

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