Spirent Communications today launched its first Automotive Ethernet Protocol Conformance and Performance Test System with the new 1000BASE-T1 physical layer standard. The company said that this solution will enable automobile OEMs and suppliers to determine if their data traffic is transmitted correctly and on-time over the market’s highest in-vehicle connectivity bandwidth. The 1000BASE-T1 system provides support for up to 16 individual ports for testing different kinds of physical layers, Spirent noted.
The Spirent 1000BASE-T1 standard is claimed to allow high speed and simultaneous bi-directional data traffic over lightweight, single-pair cable harnesses. This results in reduced weight and increased reliability due to the need for fewer cables and connectors in automotive applications, the company said. It added that this new product release addresses the needs of companies supplying or testing Automotive Ethernet applications and networks.
Thomas Schulze, Business Development Director, Automotive, Spirent Communications, said the company is providing a new test card with four Small Form-factor Plugable (SFP) ports on its Automotive C1 and C50 test appliances. At the same time, Spirent is releasing the related 1000BASE-T1 1 Gigabit Ethernet on 2-wire unshielded twisted pair cable, SFP Transceiver from Technica Engineering, he added. As the first 1000BASE-T1 Automotive test system available, Spirent enables manufacturers to deliver competitive, innovative features while minimizing costs, noted Schulze. “After releasing the first BroadR-Reach test system in 2014, we continue to provide state-of-the-art test solutions for the Automotive market. Strong partnerships worldwide enable Spirent to realize objectives, such as the cooperation with Technica Engineering,” said Schulze.
OEMs and Tier 1s are facing huge bandwidth increases with applications like HD video cameras for autonomous driving, noted Erick Parra, Business Development Manager, Technica. He said these cameras use up to 800Mbit/s for uncompressed HD video streaming, and most automotive manufacturers are already working on 1 Gbit/s in-vehicle networks for next-generation ADAS.