The Vehicle Communication Module (VCM) is a high performance,
rugged, vehicle serial communications gateway. This device provides
multiple vehicle serial communication interfaces to meet the
requirements of all Ford Motor Company vehicles.
The VCM unit is housed in a magnesium enclosure with a tough,
protective, plastic cover for the PCMCIA expansion slot which can,
for example, be used for wireless LAN cards or memory expansion.
The VCM device contains five LED status indicators to provide the
user with a visual mode of internal VCM, vehicle, and host device
(e.g. NGS Classic's T-Handle, PC, Pocket PC/PDS, and Laptop/IDS)
The VCM also has detachable cables for connection to industry
standard high-speed host interfaces as well as to the vehicle under
The VCM 2007.7 DVD includes both IDS (Integrated Diagnostic
Software) and PDS (Portable Diagnostic Software) tools.
Diagnostic coverage includes most 1996 C 2008 MY (produced 1995 C
2007) Ford, Lincoln/Mercury & Mazda vehicles.
Integrated Diagnostic Software (IDS) is the next generation
diagnostic tool. IDS integrates WDS software modified to run on an
off-the-shelf laptop with the Vehicle Communication Module (VCM)
currently used in NGS+ and PDS, and a new Vehicle Measurement
Vehicle Diagnostic Connectors:The VCM 16-pin DLC cable is used to connect the VCM to the vehicle.
The VCM and VMM connect to the laptop through the Ethernet-USB
Adapter Cable (H406/H416).
Interface Devices:The interface devices that are used with this application are:
VCM C Vehicle Communication Module C This device provides all link
based functionality including: Data logger, Self test, Service
Functions, Module Configuration and Programming, etc.
VMM C Vehicle Measurement Module C This device provides the
following functionality: Oscilloscope, Digital Multi-Meter,
Ignition System Test, Fuel System Test, and SGM.
Note that the application will detect the interface device that is
connected to the laptop. Indicator icons will appear at the bottom
right-hand corner of the IDS screen when the VCM and/or VMM are
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