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Munich 07.04.2020

Rohde & Schwarz and TE Connectivity successfully demonstrate compliance with OPEN Alliance TC9 test specifications

Test and measurement specialist Rohde & Schwarz and connectivity and sensor component manufacturer TE Connectivity cooperate on testing automotive Ethernet cables and connectors. The two companies have successfully tested a communication link, utilizing Shielded Twisted Pair (STP) cables and TE’s MATEnet data connector system, for compliance with the One-Pair Ethernet (OPEN) Alliance Technical Committee (TC) group 9 test specification for 1000BASE-T1.

Using an R&S ZNB vector network analyzer, Rohde & Schwarz and TE Connectivity demonstrated compliance with OPEN Alliance TC9 test specifications. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)
Using an R&S ZNB vector network analyzer, Rohde & Schwarz and TE Connectivity demonstrated compliance with OPEN Alliance TC9 test specifications. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)

Automotive Ethernet is becoming the preferred solution for in-vehicle communications, offering to date speeds up to 10Gbps. For data speeds up to 1Gbps (1000BASE-T1), the communication link can run on unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cabling. However, for speeds of 1Gbps and higher, electromagnetic interference (EMI) becomes increasingly critical and can potentially threaten the integrity of other communications within the vehicle. Therefore, the OPEN Alliance TC9 group, which defines the requirements of cables and connectors for in-vehicle networks using automotive Ethernet, is now focusing on shielded cabling in order to minimize emissions, as the industry moves towards much faster speeds, for example 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps or even 10GBASE-T1.

Those who integrate in-vehicle networks using cables and connectors will need to ensure compliance with the stringent TC9 STP test specifications. Rohde & Schwarz assisted TE in verifying the development and manufacturing of the cables and connector components used in the automotive industry. The compliance tests were performed on STP cables with TE’s MATEnet terminals and connectors using the R&S ZNB vector network analyzer together with the integrated in-situ de-embedding (ISD) function from AtaiTec.

Dr. Nik Dimitrakopoulos, Market Segment Automotive and responsible for automotive Ethernet & Infotainment at Rohde & Schwarz, said: “We are extremely happy to assist TE, one of the world leaders in the manufacture of connectivity products, in demonstrating compliance of STP with the OPEN Alliance TC9. This test specification can be a challenging task for many engineers. With our R&S ZNB series vector network analyzers, we are providing the reference for high accuracy measurements in this market, ensuring a safer and connected world.”

Andreas Engel, Senior Manager, Business Development at TE Connectivity, said, “TE’s MATEnet is our highly robust miniaturized modular data connectivity solution for automotive Ethernet. Our customers demand the highest robustness and reliability and it is vital that we can demonstrate compliance with the most stringent test specifications for signal integrity and electromagnetic compatibility. We are therefore delighted with the collaboration with Rohde & Schwarz to successfully demonstrate our product’s compliance with the OPEN Alliance TC9 specifications”

For more information about the Rohde & Schwarz solutions for in-vehicle communication networks, go to https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/_231834.html.

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Rohde & Schwarz is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security and networks and cybersecurity. The technology group's innovative communications, information and security products help industry and government customers ensure a safer and connected world. On June 30, 2020, Rohde & Schwarz had about 12,300 employees worldwide. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.58 billion in the 2019/2020 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.


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As a leading global manufacturer of test and measurement equipment, Rohde & Schwarz offers expert know-how for all phases of automotive development – from predevelopment to R&D to production. OEMs, Tier 1s and chip suppliers benefit from the company’s reliable solutions for high frequency, high bandwidth and high-speed test challenges. Rohde & Schwarz is the market leader for testing radar sensors, automotive Ethernet conformance, connectivity (5G, V2X, eCall, GNSS), infotainment, EMI precompliance and EMC. The company also offers outstanding solutions for board level tests (ICT/FCT) during ECU production. All of these test solutions will ensure maximum efficiency in compliance with the highest quality standards, assuring that various automotive components function correctly, coexist successfully and communicate with the outside world without errors.

About TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity is a $13 billion global industrial technology leader creating a safer, sustainable, productive, and connected future. Our broad range of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, enable advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home. With nearly 80,000 employees, including more than 8,000 engineers, working alongside customers in approximately 150 countries, TE ensures that EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS. Learn more at www.te.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and Twitter.

TE Connectivity, TE and MATEnet are trademarks owned or licensed by the TE Connectivity Ltd. family of companies.

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