Automotive OEMs worldwide are adopting automotive Ethernet networking, traditional technologies such as Controller Area Network (CAN), CAN with Flexible Data-Rate (CAN FD) and Local Interconnect Network (LIN) will continue to be used for many years. The combination of these various technologies challenge design engineers in several new ways,
In this line, Spirent Communications, a provider of connected car and automotive Ethernet test solutions, has announced the launch of Spirent Automotive ComTT, universal test platform for the validation of multibus technologies for in-vehicle networks.
Spirent’s new universal platform claims to enable rigorous conformance and performance testing of both automotive Ethernet and traditional in-vehicle networks.
Automotive Ethernet requires new, complex methodologies for validation. These include application-layer functionality as well as conformance to the multiple test standards associated with the Network layer, such as OPEN TC8/11, Avnu AVB and RFC2544/2889. Furthermore, “gateway testing” between automotive Ethernet and traditional networks also needs to be resolved.
At present, engineers utilize two different test platforms, one for traditional bus technologies and one for Ethernet network testing in order to perform full validation of electronic control units (ECUs) and gateways. Spirent Automotive ComTT is the first platform to combine both test methodologies in one device supporting multiple test systems.
Source: Press Release