We are proud to announce that we are working with the OPEN (One Pair EtherNet) Alliance to become the first test house to perform physical layer conformance and interoperability testing for one pair Ethernet products in automotive applications. Reducing the cable to only one pair will reduce the weight and cost required to add Ethernet to automobiles. The OPEN Alliance is comprised of auto manufacturers, parts suppliers, and chip manufacturers to promote the adoption of one pair Ethernet for automotive communication. The OPEN Alliance is also assisting in defining the standard for higher-speed reduced pair Ethernet.
The UNH-IOL will start development for testing the OPEN Alliance BroadR-Reach Standard immediately. The OPEN Alliance BroadR-Reach Standard defines a 100Mb/s Ethernet PHY that operates over one twisted pair. The UNH-IOL's testing and physical layer expertise is being leveraged to ensure that full PMA conformance and Interoperability testing will be offered in June. Development is being supported by Broadcom, NXP, and Renesas.
David Estes, Research and Development