CAN Best & Worst Case Calculator

Please read the disclaimer before using the output of this calculator.

Enter the CAN baud rate in kbps and the shortest and longest message used in your application, then click on the Calculate button


Bit Time, Message Length & Bandwidth




Required Interrupt Response Time

The message lengths give us a good idea about how often CAN messages occur and can trigger a receive interrupt at receiving nodes. However, that does not say anything about the receive buffering and the required interrupt response time.

Example: a CAN controller just issued a receive interrupt, because it received a frame with 8 data bytes that matched an acceptance mask/filter. Assuming the worst case, that back-to-back messages follow and are matching the same mask/filter - how much time is there to pick up the original received data, before it gets overwritten?

This table shows the worst case - how fast a message in the receive buffer can get overwritten by the next one. This time depends on how many buffers a CAN controller has.


Note: Depending on specific implementations the values above may vary. If an application's interrupt response time gets anywhere near to the values above, try to optimize the system.

Data Frame Transmission Times

Note: The following calculated values are all in microseconds, calculated by multiplying the bit time with the number of bits in the frame. The values do NOT include any stuff bits!


Note: The number of stuff bits inserted depends on the data transmitted. A conservative estimate is, that in average, the number of stuff bits will be below the following values: