STN2120: OBD-II, SW-CAN, MS-CAN Interpreter IC

Lead times for new orders are 52 weeks

STN2120 is a 44-pin OBD to UART interpreter IC that provides bi-directional, half-duplex communication with all vehicle OBD-II legislated protocols, plus support for SW-CAN (GM) & MS-CAN (Ford). STN2120 is available at the same price as STN1170, yet has twice as much flash and four times as much RAM, allowing for more features to be included with future firmware updates.

SW-CAN protocol support allows your device to access, monitor and issue commands on vehicles utilizing GM’s proprietary CAN network. Similarly, MS-CAN provides access to Ford’s proprietary CAN network on supporting models.

On vehicles hosting SW-CAN or MS-CAN networks, our enhanced ST command set allows your device to interpret data not available on the vehicle’s OBD-II bus. Using the GM & Ford proprietary codes, you can commonly interpret current status of systems such as:

  • Seat belt
  • Airbag
  • Headlight
  • Anti-Lock Brake (ABS)
  • Traction Control

Control commands commonly found on supported vehicles include:

  • Door lock/unlock
  • Window up/down
  • Radio volume up/down
  • Turn signals & Hazard on/off
  • Engine start/killOrder Now


While STN2120 ST commands will provide access to SW-CAN and MS-CAN networks, the proprietary GM & Ford codes must be obtained independently. A popular method is to join the Equipment and Tool Institute where the codes can be accessed/purchased. Alternately, the traffic can be analyzed and reverse engineered.


  • Configurable GPIO pins.
  • Safe, secure bootloader. Reflash the firmware in the field, even over a poor quality link and avoid expensive product recalls.
  • Fully compatible with ELM327 command set, ensuring out-of-the-box compatibility with the dozens of existing software applications.
  • Extended “ST” command set provides access to enhanced functionality, without compromising compatibility.
  • PowerSave mode with multiple sleep and wakeup triggers. Ideal for permanent in-vehicle setups, device can be left connected for extended periods of time without draining the battery.
  • Perfect form factor for any application. STN2120 is available in the QFN44 package.
  • RoHS compliant


STN2120 supports the following protocols:

  • all legislated OBD II protocols:
    • ISO 15765-4 (CAN)
    • ISO 14230-4 (Keyword Protocol 2000)
    • ISO 9141-2 (Asian, European, Chrysler vehicles)
    • SAE J1850 VPW (GM vehicles)
    • SAE J1850 PWM (Ford vehicles)
  • non-legislated OBD protocols:
    • Single Wire CAN (SW-CAN) – GM proprietary network
    • Medium Speed CAN (MS-CAN) – Ford proprietary network
    • ISO 15765
    • ISO 11898 (raw CAN)
  • SAE J1939 OBD protocol used in heavy-duty vehicles


  • Solid, field-tested software. STN2120 runs the same proven code that powers the popular STN1110 and OBDLink family of PC-based OBD interfaces. Thanks to its large user base, any problems are discovered and corrected quickly.
  • Large OBD message buffer. STN2120 has over five times as much RAM as its nearest competitor, virtually eliminating BUFFER OVERFLOW errors.
  • Automatic protocol detection algorithm is continuously fine-tuned to insure that STN2120 will connect to the widest array of vehicles, even those that do not fully conform to the OBD-II standard.

PowerSave Sleep/Wakeup Triggers

The diagram shows the various triggers available in the STNxxxx family of ICs. Please refer to the STNxxxx PowerSave Functionality documentation for more details.

STNxxxx sleep-wakeup triggers diagram


Please contact us for additional inquires.

For small quantities, lead time is only a few days. For production level quantities, please allow 6-8 weeks lead time.


STN21xx Datasheet
Family Reference and Programming Manual
NOTE: STN21xx uses the same command set as STN11xx. Therefore, the following linked documents also apply to STN21xx ICs
STN11xx PowerSave Functionality
Firmware Update Specification for Devices with STN Bootloader