Automotive Ethernet Congress 2018 - And the journey doesn't halt
On January 30-31, 2018 the Automotive Ethernet Congress was staged for the fourth time in succession. More than 900 participants, speakers, and exhibitors were there to inform and be informed about technical innovations, strategies, opportunities and obstacles in two keynotes plus 16 papers in and around the subjects of physical layer, AVB and TSN, safety and security, implementation in first vehicle applications.
For those who are still asking "Why automotive Ethernet?" Dr Kirsten Matheus of BMW had the right answer: "Without a powerful automotive network don't even start to think about autonomous driving." The message has come across with many manufacturers and suppliers, so the congress was able to survey the level of development, advances, and challenges facing the field.
The opening keynote came from Ged Lancaster, head of the division vehicle systems architecture at Jaguar Land Rover. His paper on "Systems, Standards and Services" drew a comparison between the Bermuda Triangle myth and the challenges and possible pitfalls of effectively introducing and establishing Ethernet. This was followed by engrossing papers from the likes of BMW, Renault, Audi, Daimler, General Motors, Continental, NXP, Texas Instruments, Elektrobit, Rosenberger, TTTech, and Microchip.
Six parallel two-hour workshops were among the further highlights. The spectrum ranged from an introduction to AVB/TSN, validation of AVB/TSN endpoints and switch implementation, through ensuring an easy in-house validation and comparison of static and dynamic network configuration, to automotive Ethernet traffic engineering and 10 Mbit/s single-pair Ethernet multidrop networks with deterministic performance.
The congress was rounded off by lively discussion in the accompanying exhibition with 45 companies, showing concrete products and solutions from semiconductors through connectors and cabling systems to different test solutions.
For the review report in German, please click here!