In the IT sector, where Ethernet is well established, OEMs are able to confidently purchase proven protocols, tested by vendors and debugged through years of extensive use.
The same cannot be said for the automotive industry. Open Alliance BroadR-Reach® (OABR) is still in its infancy and it would be unwise to rely too heavily upon new protocols without thorough testing.
What’s more, vehicle manufacturers are required to stand behind their entire product—its safety, reliability and performance—in a way that is rare in IT. With hard-won brand reputation, multi-billion dollar recalls and, ultimately, customers’ lives at stake, automotive companies understandably place great importance upon testing every critical aspect in house.
This white paper—one of a series on different aspects of BroadR-Reach testing—is intended to give automotive developers a rapid introduction to protocol conformance testing for Ethernet, with specific focus on aspects which are unusual or particular to in-vehicle networks and OABR.
Find out more about Spirent's solutions for the automotive industry here.