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I noticed that a lot of CAN new test equipment allow you to enable/disable the termination via software. Is there an new transceiver in the market or an accepted way to implement this??

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  • \$\begingroup\$ You could use an analog switch. See:electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/169933/… \$\endgroup\$ – Marko Buršič May 25 '16 at 9:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MarkoBuršič The analog switch will have a dramatic effect on the common-mode range and voltage limits allowed on the bus lines. CAN transceivers are made to be very tolerant regarding this (in case there is a voltage shift between the ground level on the different nodes), and you'll just nullify this by using a simple analog switch. \$\endgroup\$ – dim May 25 '16 at 11:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @dim Then MAX14759/MAX14761/MAX14763, Maxim that claims their analog switches are good for termination of RS485, CAN,...are liars. \$\endgroup\$ – Marko Buršič May 25 '16 at 16:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ They are above and below the rails analog switch. This is very particular and indeed solves the problem I mentioned. But these are not regular analog switch. \$\endgroup\$ – dim May 25 '16 at 16:33
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This is typically done using a bipolar solid-state relay:

schematic

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab

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