DG Technology's AutoPakAutoPak

The AutoPak is designed and manufactured by the Dearborn Group as a general purpose automotive and industrial module.

One application of DG's AutoPak solution for vehicle networks is a customized implementation for GM's Saturn division, as part of their OnStar service offering.

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AutoPak is capable of communication over several types of serial busses including J1850, ISO9141 and optionally, CAN. It also moves data over several discrete I/O channels including A/D converters. A main application is as a gateway - translating from one protocol to another with the addition of useful I/O lines which can be used for any purpose. Since the AutoPak comes without a software application, a custom one will be provided by the customer or Dearborn Group. DG can supply C code algorithms and functions to facilitate in-house development. AutoPak is its own evaluation and development board, and is programmed with a standard economical BDM emulator. It and the BDM or a full in-circuit emulator are used for development, debugging and testing processes.

Typical Applications

  • Gateway from one protocol to another supporting J1850, GM Class 2, ISO9141 (KWP2000) and CAN (call for availability)
  • General purpose automotive or industrial device controller.
  • Multiple AutoPaks can be joined up for distributed processing over the provided network protocols.
  • Intelligent data acquisition for design, testing, reflashing, calibration and diagnostics.