28/07/2016 by Kvaser

Kvaser releases marine version of its popular Leaf Light HS v2 CAN interface

Leading Controller Area Network (CAN) interface specialist, Kvaser AB, is pleased to announce a marine version of its highly popular Leaf Light HS v2 interface. With a USB 2.0 connector at one end and a 5-pin National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) approved CAN connector at the other, the Kvaser Leaf Light HS v2 M12 provides a simple way to connect a PC to the on-board computer of a marine electronics system.

Supporting high speed USB, all Kvaser Leaf Light v2 application-specific interfaces can send up to 8000 messages per second, each time-stamped with 100 microsecond accuracy. Galvanic isolation, previously a more expensive option on Kvaser’s original Leaf Light, comes as standard on the Leaf Light HS v2 series, enhancing protection from power surges or electrical shocks. The Leaf Light v2 M12 is ideal for diagnosing NMEA 2000 bus issues, configuring and flashing NMEA 2000 bus nodes, monitoring NMEA 2000 bus traffic and load conditions and stimulating or emulating NMEA 2000 nodes.

Used with Kvaser’s CANlib library, which is free to download from Kvaser’s website (, the Leaf Light HS v2 interface series provide application programmers with quick and easy access to the CAN network. The software can be used across Kvaser’s product portfolio and enables hardware initialization, bus on/off, setting of bus parameters and buffers, as well as read/write commands.

For more information on the Kvaser Leaf Light HS v2 M12, please visit the product page here.