Pico Technology calling for beta testers for its non-intrusive PAM3 automotive Ethernet protocol decoder

The increasing use of ECUs in vehicles, and advanced signal processing is driving the need for high-performance automotive networks. 100BASE-T1 / BroadR-Pam3 EyeReach has emerged as the physical layer standard for automotive applications. It uses PAM3 signaling on a differential twisted pair to give good performance and noise immunity for a reasonable cost.

Full duplex PAM3 overlaid signals on a single line are readable by the transceivers at each end as they both know the contribution of their own signal Pam3 Full Duplex Decodedand are able to reconstruct the incoming signal received out of the sum. But external monitoring, test, and analysis of full duplex signals normally requires insertion of a hardware directional coupler to separate up- and down-stream traffic, which adds test complexity and impacts on the characteristics of the network under test.

DownloadPico Technology is preparing to introduce the industry’s first non-intrusive full duplex automotive Ethernet protocol decoder, analyzer, and measurement system. It will run on any PicoScope model with a bandwidth of 200 MHz and above: PicoScope 3000, 5000, and 6000 Series instruments.

Ahead of the formal launch, Pico is inviting engineers who are currently working on 100BASE-T1 / BroadR-Reach automotive networks to participate in the beta test program. Selected participants will be provided with PicoScope 6 software that includes the new Automotive Ethernet analysis functionality, with a loan of suitable PicoScope hardware if the user does not already have it.

Participants will be asked to rate the system with scores for usability, functionality, and performance, as well as suggestions for future development of the technology.

To join the beta test program and/or register your interest in the product when it is launched, click here to complete the online survey, or alternatively send an email to: pm3duplexdecoder-beta@picotech.com with the following details: 

  1. Your name:
  2. Company:
  3. Address:
  4. Telephone number:
  5. Do you already have a PicoScope? Which model?
  6. Brief description of the technology you are working with and your test needs:

Pico Technology has spent over 28 years in the design, development, and manufacture of high-performance PC oscilloscopes and data loggers, while engineers at the company's Eastern Europe office have been working in the RF and microwave market since 1974. Together, Pico has built up an impressive and innovative portfolio of small-footprint, high-performance products and software, often at uniquely low prices.

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