Avnu Alliance launches first TSN component certification programme

Avnu Alliance launches first TSN component certification programme

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By Nick Flaherty

The Avnu Alliance has launched the first component certification programme for Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) across industrial and automotive applications.

The programme aims to ensure interoperability devices using the IEEE 802.1 TSN standards. The certification allows manufacturers across multiple markets to ensure their components comply with the core standards, reducing integration issues during deployments.

The Alliance was originally set up for low latency, deterministic communications in professional audio visual (ProAV) but has expanded into industrial and automotive Ethernet applications. It launched a certification programme for end devices with TSN, including devices implementing the Milan network protocol for professional media, back in 2021.

In time-critical applications where data needs to be delivered reliably and with bounded latency, TSN capabilities can enable the co-existence of different types of traffic on the same network. In order for these devices to be successfully deployed and managed, interoperability and conformance with the IEEE SA-defined TSN standards are essential.

The programme initially focuses on core standards for timing and synchronization for time-sensitive applications (802.1AS), and enhancements for scheduled traffic (EST). It is set to expand and cover interspersed express traffic (IET) and the forwarding and queuing of time-sensitive streams (FQTSS) later this year.

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“We are delighted to have launched the first ever Component Certification Program,” said Avnu Alliance President Dave Cavalcanti. “The program’s profile agnostic nature will play a pivotal role in ensuring conformance within TSN standards and enabling seamless integration of compliant components and devices from multiple vendors and industries. As a result, the market demand for greater interoperability and standards-based converged networks can be met.”

The Component Certification Program has been designed to enable the adoption of converged networking. By certifying their products, manufacturers, vendors, and solution providers can ensure their TSN-capable products meet market demands. Users will also benefit from a larger selection of certified, off-the-shelf devices, which can be integrated within their networks with no disruption to operations.

The companies supporting the launch of the certification programme are Intel,  Intel, Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors, Analog Devices and Moxa

“Intel’s contributions to the Avnu Component Certification Program not only underscores our commitment to advancing industry standards but also paves the way for a future where seamless integration of real-time computing and networking is the norm, not the exception,” said Sunita Shenoy, Senior Director of Technology Products in the Federal and Industrial Solutions Division at Intel. “By embracing the TSN standards, Intel’s computing and networking solutions will be pivotal for businesses to successfully transition to converged networks.”

“Real-time Ethernet with TSN has transitioned from a visionary concept to a practical reality, thanks to the collaborative efforts within the Avnu Alliance,” said Pekka Varis, Senior Member Technical Staff at TI. “TI’s involvement in shaping the TSN Component Certification Program and our commitment to developing devices and software that support interoperability will accelerate the adoption of TSN technologies across various industrial applications, ensuring high standards and reliability.”

“TSN will continue to grow as the foundational real-time networking technology across many end segments. NXP sees Avnu Alliance’s TSN Component Certification Program as a key enabler for more widespread adoption of TSN technologies by promoting multi-vendor interoperability and therefore improved ease-of-use,” said Vice President and General Manager, Industrial Edge Processing at NXP, Jeff Steinheider. “We are pleased to continue contributing our thought and technology leadership, helping drive these groundbreaking developments in this important area. The Avnu Certification Program helps build confidence in TSN implementations by defining clear behavior and performance requirements that are needed for the next generation of Industrial edge applications.”

“ADI’s participation in the Component Certification Program is an example of our commitment to the development of Industrial Ethernet standards and the ecosystem. The launch of this program is a critical milestone enabling faster development cycles and easier adoption of component level TSN solutions in the marketplace” said Mark Geisler, Strategic Marketing Manager for Industrial Ethernet Products at ADI and Member of the Avnu Board of Directors.

“As a promoter member of the Avnu Alliance, Moxa is committed to developing TSN standards and collaborating with key industry leaders such as Intel, Texas Instruments, NXP, ADI, and Microchip to harness the power of automation network convergence,” said Head of Edge Segment, IEI Business Department at Moxa, Jack Lin, also Project Lead of Moxa’s Global TSN Initiative. “We are excited to play an integral part in the creation of the new Component Certification Program, which certifies conformance with IEEE-defined TSN standards. Moxa’s TSN devices are among the first to be tested, and we believe that completing the certification process will help bring industries one step closer to achieving truly converged networks.”

More information on the TSN component certification programme is here


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