NMEA2000 Protocol Stack

NMEA 2000 Protocol Stack


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This stack is royalty free and can be used in any number of products. See conditions of sale below.

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NMEA 2000 Protocol Stack

This software bundle implements the major aspects of the J1939/ISO 11783 and NMEA 2000 standard protocols. The following are addressed:

NMEA 2000 FastPacket Messaging

  • Dynamic Address Claim
  • Commanded Address
  • Complex Request Message
  • Complex Command Message
  • Complex Acknowledgment Message
  • Request Parameter Group Numbers Message
  • Heartbeat Message

J1939-81/ISO 11783

  • Dynamic Address Claim
  • Static Address Claim
  • Commanded Address

J1939-21/ISO 11783

  • Request Message
  • Acknowledgment Message
  • Global Transport Protocol (BAM)
  • Destination Specific Transport Protocol

J1939-73/ISO 11783

  • Diagnostic Message 1 (DM1)
  • Diagnostic Message 2 (DM2)


  • Cyclic Broadcast Of PGNs
  • Receipt of PGNs

ISO 11783-6

  • Extended Transport Protocol

ISO 15765

  • Transport Protocol – Normal Messaging
  • Transport Protocol – Normal Fixed Messaging
  • Transport Protocol – Mixed Messaging
  • Transport Protocol – Extended Messaging

This software stack can be run on J1939/ISO 11783 networks, NMEA 2000 networks, or on networks with messages using all of these standards.

The NMEA 2000 Software Stack utilizes a configuration file to adjust the functionality and memory requirements of the software. By including different compiler switches at compile time different aspects of the J1939/ISO 11783 and NMEA protocols are compiled into the resulting hex file. Thus for example, if an application is created that does not need DM1 or DM2 messages, removing the compiler switches for including the DM1 and DM2 software, removes that software at compile time.

The Configuration file also allows for the adjustment of the size of the different buffers utilized by the software stack. This allows the programmer to easily control the amount of RAM utilized by the stack.

The NMEA 2000 Software Stack implements a self analyzing diagnostic system that informs the application software when a buffer overflow or other error has occurred. A list of errors is provided that gives an indication of what has gone wrong and what can be done to remedy the problem. This system can be turned off by removing a compiler switch in the configuration file. Removing the compiler switch will remove the code from the application at compile time.

Download this product's manual for a detailed description of its capabilities.

Conditions Of Sale

This product is intended solely for the use of the company who purchases the stack from DakotaSoft Inc. This product (source code) is not to be distributed to any entity outside of the purchasing company. This product is not to be used in any manor inconsistent with the license type purchased.


This product comes with a 100% money back guarantee affective during the product development cycle. If we cannot fix any problems that you have with the stack we will refund your money in full.


  • The money back warranty is effective only during the development of the product. Once a product containing the NMEA2000 protocol stack has been sold the money back warranty becomes void.



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