Spirent unveils Ethernet test for connected cars

June 8, 2014. Spirent Communications has introduced a solution for testing automotive Ethernet functionality and security to help accelerate new in-vehicle features and deliver a better driving experience. The Spirent C1 Automotive Test System is a fully integrated test solution to support the BroadR-Reach industry standard, helping auto makers to successfully deploy Ethernet-based communications technology.

BroadR-Reach, being adopted by auto makers worldwide, uses Ethernet-based communications in vehicles for new functionalities such as multiple cameras and safety radars, infotainment, and Internet connectivity for telematics and other consumer applications. Because it offers the higher capacity data transmission required for bandwidth-intensive applications, it is also a key technology in the development of future connected vehicles. The adoption of BroadR-Reach will also help to reduce vehicle cost and fuel consumption.

“Spirent is the first vendor to offer a BroadR-Reach based test solution, as a result of our on-going work for the automotive industry,” said Peter Nicholson, general manager of Spirent’s Automotive Business Unit. “The C1 Automotive platform is a fully integrated product which provides the highest accuracy, without the need for external media converters. This is an example of how Spirent is applying its innovation and expertise in Ethernet, wireless, security and positioning testing to support the complete development of the network in a vehicle.”

Implementing BroadR-Reach technology safely, securely, and successfully is critical to the evolution towards the connected car. It will enable auto makers to add more features more cost-effectively and help connect vehicles to both infrastructure and the Internet to further improve and enhance the driver experience.

The Spirent C1 supports multiple BroadR-Reach and standard 10/100/1000Base-T test ports up to full line-rates. It is designed for use by vehicle manufacturers and sub-system and chipset vendors to ensure conformance and performance to the known Ethernet and IP standards.


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