Rohde & Schwarz teams with Spirent on automotive Ethernet testing

October 04, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
Rohde & Schwarz has teamed up with Spirent to develop a fully integrated test system for full coverage of both the physical and protocol layers for automotive Ethernet TC8 ECU test specifications.

Rohde & Schwarz covers all the mandatory test cases for the PHY layer based on the RTO oscilloscope and the ZND vector network analyzer, while Spirent adds uts Automotive C50 test platform to support all protocol layers. Joint customers such asll all benefit from the automotive expertise and global presence of both companies.

“This is an important partnership for automotive Ethernet based devices and networks," said Thomas Schulze, Director of Marketing and Business Development of Spirent’s Automotive Business Unit. "Spirent and Rohde & Schwarz are the first companies to offer a fully integrated solution to provide a complete coverage of the TC8 ECU test specification. We are fully committed to this cooperation to provide state-of-the-art test solutions that help pave the way to autonomous driving by combining our companies’ expertise.”

Both companies are members of the OPEN Alliance (One-Pair Ether-Net) Special Interest Group (SIG) and the combination of their systems will provide compliance testing and debugging for 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 to OEMs, tier1s, tier2s, system integrators and test houses.

The OPEN Alliance Special Interest Group has launched a comprehensive test plan to verify the correct implementation of several standards and protocols in Automotive Ethernet ECUs, called “OPEN Alliance Automotive Ethernet ECU Test Specification - TC8 ECU and Network Test”. Full coverage of the TC8 ECU test specifications is required by OEMs to guarantee interoperability of Automotive Ethernet communication devices. TC8 defines test processes and supports the establishment of test houses that can perform the ECU tests.

With the arrival of new systems and protocols in modern Ethernet-based in-vehicle networks, automotive test and validation engineers are challenged with new and more complex testing approaches than with traditional networks based on CAN or LIN.   

“Automotive Ethernet will dominate future in-vehicle networks. Today we have 100/1000BASE-T1, tomorrow we will have Multi-Giga Ethernet. We are very excited to announce our partnership with Spirent. Our common goal is to provide customers with an unrivalled


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