Local Interconnect Network

What Does Local Interconnect Network Mean?

A Local Interconnect
Network (LIN) is an inexpensive serial network method for the connection
of devices in automobiles. The LIN bus handles the connection of low-end
multiplexed communication, while the Controller Area Network (CAN) bus is used
for high-end operations that require quick and efficient connections, such as error handling. The LIN Consortium was founded in the 1990s by five leading automobile companies and Motorola, the leading technological innovation group of the time.


Techopedia Explains Local Interconnect Network

A Local Interconnect
Network is a special serial
network consisting up to 16 nodes, in which one node is the master node and all
others are slave nodes. The master node initiates all messages while the slave
nodes reply to the master node. The master node can also reply to its own
messages, acting as a slave node. As there is only one master node initiating
the message, a collision situation where two demands are given at once is not
likely to arise. The nodes are microcontroller systems which are installed
in certain systems for better control. LIN systems are usually paired up with
low-cost sensors for making networks.

LIN was first implemented in November
2002. This version was called LIN version 1.3. An upgraded version of LIN
was launched in September 2003 and was called LIN version 2.0. It had better
compatibility and more diagnosis tools.


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