The ConnectCore 8M Nano system-on-module has no native CAN ports.

The ConnectCore 8M Nano Development Kit incorporates an external MCP2517FD CAN FD controller with SPI interface, available for peripheral use. This external CAN controller implements the CAN protocol according to the CAN-FD 3.0 protocol specification. It also supports legacy CAN 2.0B protocol specification. The controller can operate on both CAN-FD (flexible data rate) and legacy CAN modes.

CAN-FD protocol supports two different bitrates for the arbitration phase and the payload phase, and up to 64 Bytes of payload, achieving higher throughput than classical CAN protocol.

The CAN port includes the following features:

  • Standard data and remote frames

  • Extended data and remote frames

  • Mixed controller mode (CAN FD and CAN 2.0B)

    • Arbitration bitrate up to 1 Mbps

    • Data bitrate up to 8 Mbps

    • Payload length up to 64 bytes

  • CAN 2.0B controller mode

    • Arbitration and data bitrates up to 1 Mbps

    • Payload length up to eight bytes

The CAN driver is a network device driver.

Available CAN interfaces

  • CAN0:

    • Interface is enabled in the default device tree.

    • Port lines are available on the CAN connector J24.

    • Port incorporates a CAN transceiver.

    • Optional termination line resistor can be connected by placing a jumper on connector J23.

Kernel configuration

You can manage the CAN support through the kernel configuration options:

  • CAN Bus support (CONFIG_CAN)

  • Microchip MCP25xxFD SPI CAN controllers (CONFIG_CAN_MCP25XXFD)

These options are enabled as built-in on the default ConnectCore 8M Nano kernel configuration file.

Kernel driver

File Description


Microchip MCP2517 driver

CAN support on the ConnectCore 8M Nano Development Kit is based on the SocketCAN stack. For more information and source code about this project, see and

Device tree bindings and customization

The Microchip MCP2517 CAN controller device tree binding is documented at Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/can/microchip,mcp25xxfd.txt

Example: CAN0 on the ConnectCore 8M Nano Development Kit

ConnectCore 8M Nano Development Kit device tree
/* fixed crystal dedicated to mcp2517fd */
mcp2517fd_osc: mcp2517fd_osc {
	compatible = "fixed-clock";
	#clock-cells = <0>;
	clock-frequency = <40000000>;


&ecspi3 {

	mcp2517fd: mcp2517fd@0 {
		reg = <0>;
		compatible = "microchip,mcp2517fd";
		pinctrl-names = "default";
		pinctrl-0 = <&pinctrl_mcp2517fd>;
		spi-max-frequency = <10000000>;
		interrupt-parent = <&gpio1>;
		interrupts = <0 IRQ_TYPE_LEVEL_LOW>;
		clocks = <&mcp2517fd_osc>;
		xceiver-supply = <&reg_5v_board>;


&iomuxc {
	pinctrl_mcp2517fd: mcp2517fdgrp {
		fsl,pins = <

CAN user space use examples

CAN device interface

The CAN driver is a network device driver from the PF_CAN protocol family. It exposes device data through the sysfs at /sys/class/net/canX/, where X is the port index, starting at zero.

The CAN network device driver interface provides a generic interface to set up, configure, and monitor CAN network devices. For example, you can configure the CAN device via the netlink interface using the program ip from the iproute2 utility suite.

Configuring the interface

Before you can start the CAN network device, you must configure the bitrate at which it will communicate. In the following example, X is the index of the CAN node you want to configure:

~# ip link set canX up type can bitrate 125000

Starting and stopping the CAN network device

Similar to other network interfaces, you can start or stop a CAN network device with the ifconfig command. In the following example, X is the index of the CAN node you want to bring up or down.

To start:

~# ifconfig canX up

To stop:

~# ifconfig canX down

For more information, see the Linux kernel documentation: Documentation/networking/can.txt

Sample application

Example applications called apix-can-send-example and apix-can-recv-example are included in the dey-examples-digiapix recipe (part of dey-examples package) of meta-digi layer. These applications show how to send and receive packets through the CAN ports using Digi APIx library on the ConnectCore 8M Nano platform.

Go to GitHub to see the applications instructions and source code.

For example, to send an 8-bit CAN message to node can0 with ID 0x12 at a baudrate of 500 Kbit/s:

~# apix-can-send-example -i can0 -I 0x12 -b 5000000

To receive a similar message:

~# apix-can-recv-example -i can0 -b 5000000

See CAN API for more information about the CAN APIx.