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The ACT1210D type is optimized for CAN FD applications that are more susceptible to ringing by minimizing leakage inductance, stray capacitance, and mode conversion characteristics through unique structural design including the winding method.

CAN BUS Communication Circuit and Transmission Waveform

CAN generally supports communication speeds of 500 kbps, but a communication protocol called CAM FD (CAN with flexible data rate) has been standardized and is now being installed in vehicles to enable high-speed communications of larger capacity of data.(Figure1,Figure2) Three communication speeds have been specified for CAN FD: 2 Mbps, 5 Mbps, and 8 Mbps.(Table1)

Figure 1. General CAN BUS Circuit
Figure 2. CAN BUS Operating Voltage and Theoretical Values
Table 1.
Communications speed 500 kbps 2,5,8Mbps
Communications line Twisted pair cable
Types of electrical signal Differential voltage
Data length 1 to 8 bytes (variable) 1 to 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 32, 48, or 64 bytes (variable)

CAN/CAN FD Network Structure

The CAN (CAN FD) communications system is characterized by an ability to connect multiple devices on a single bus line and for those devices to exchange data with one another. (Figure 3) Ethernet and LVDS, such as 100 BASE-T1 and 1000 BASE-T-1, which have been installed in many vehicles in recent years, require a one-to-one communication, but CAN allows a one-to-in connection, and an ECU can be added. Another advantage is that it has a large degree of freedom, such as minimizing the need to review wiring when system changes occur.

Figure 3. Topology Structure

CAN/CAN FD networks allow multiple devices (ECUs) to be connected on the same bus.


Due to the large degree of freedom of the CAN (CAN FD) communication system, there are many reflection points on the bus and the capacitance component of the hanging ECU is large, making it easy for communication signals to cause ringing. Figure 4 shows a comparison of one-bit times with 500 kbps CAN and 2 Mbps, 5 Mbps, and 8 Mbps CAN FD. Figure 5 is an image of the ringing waveform when a signal is transmitted using a communication circuit structure that causes ringing. The same ringing is observed in the rise and fall portions of the 1-bit time.
In areas where the communication speed is slow, the ringing time is short as a ratio because the time for one bit is long and the time after ringing converges is long, so it is believed that HI and LO can be determined stably, but in the fast communication speed range, the signal shifts from HI to LO before the ringing converges, and this ringing affects the HI/LO determination, increasing the likelihood of a communications error.

Figure 4. CAN and CAN FD Speed and 1-Bit Time Comparison
Figure 5. Impact on a Waveform With the Same Ringing On a Circuit (Topology)

Causes of Ringing Occurrence

It is believed that the following are causes of the occurrence of ringing.

(1)Reflection in the junction points of the CAN harness (topology design)
(2)Overall inductance and stray capacitance including from the ECU to the wiring harness (harness length, PCB pattern design)

Table 2 is an example of the results of a simulation using TDK’s simulator of the ringing waveform when the leakage inductance and interline capacitance of the common-mode choke are intentionally increased.
From these results, we can see that leakage inductance and line-to-line capacitance have an effect on ringing. For this reason, the characteristic required of common-mode chokes mounted on PCBs for EMC countermeasures of ECUs is minimizing the leakage inductance and stray capacitance between lines as much as possible.

Figure 6. CAN (CAN FD) Communications System Features
Table 2. A results of simulating ringing waveforms

Optimal Common-mode Chokes for CAN FD

To avoid this type of problem, various characteristics standards for common-mode chokes are being established by organizations such as the IEC, and TDK created ACT1210D type common-mode chokes for CAN FD that satisfy these characteristic requirements.

■ ACT1210D type

■ Shape and dimensions

■ Product characteristics

  • Compatible with 3225 size
  • Original structure design achieves the industry's highest level mode conversion characteristics (Ssd21)
  • Achieves good stray C compatible with CAN FD
  • High reliability is insured by metal electrodes and a wire connection method that uses laser beam welding; supports an operating temperature range of -40°C to +150°C
  • Provides reliability compliant with AEC-Q200
  • Stable mass production is possible using original automated winding technology

■ Characteristics and standards

Common-mode inductance
Permissible range DC resistance
-40 to +125°C
Insulation resistance
Rated current
Rated voltage
Product No.
100 +50/-30% 3 10 115 80 ACT1210D-101-2P-TL00
51Under development +50/-30% TBD TBD TBD TBD ACT1210D-510-2P-TL00
Figure 7. Comparison of S Parameters
Figure 8. Stray C

Comparison of Radiated EMI Data and Differential Signal Waveforms with the ACT1210 Series of CMC Compatible with CAN FD

In this section we will introduce an example of an evaluation using the CISPR25 ALSE method with ACT1210D-510 (under development) and our experimental board equipped with a CAN FD compatible CAN transceiver.
The communications speed is 5 Mbps and the effect of the common-mode choke is confirmed. Figures 9 and 10 show the results of waveform evaluations in a system where radiated EMI evaluation was performed.
The ACT1210D-510 (under development) is mounted on both the TX and RX sides, and the differential signals of CAN H and CAN L of the RX side transceiver can be observed. The calculated differential signals are displayed. There are no differences in the rise and fall waveforms when compared with no common-mode choke (Through). (Figure 11)

Figure 9. Radiated EMI: Horizontal polarized wave
Figure 10. Radiated EMI: Vertical polarized wave
Figure 11. CAN waveform comparison with and without common mode filter


The ACT1210D type is optimized for CAN FD applications that are more susceptible to ringing by minimizing leakage inductance, stray capacitance, and mode conversion characteristics through unique structural design including the winding method. TDK will continue to respond to customer requirements by providing comprehensive product services for common-mode chokes for automotive communications.