Silicon validation group for time sensitive networking

August 11, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
Silicon validation group for time sensitive networking
The Avnu Alliance has set up a silicon validation group to advance TSN (Time Sensitive Networking) interoperability 

The  Avnu Alliance on standards-based deterministic networking has set up a Silicon Validation Task Group for time sensitive networking (TSN)

The group includes silicon and IP companies with Analog Devices, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Microchip, NXP Semiconductors, Texas Instruments and TTTech workig together on interoperatibility

The task group will allow competitors to work together to develop a testing ecosystem for silicon and IP products’ TSN capabilities at the component and embedded software level. Group members will collaborate on activities such as developing test plans, creating validation tools, and hosting plugfests. 

TSN applications span markets including ProAV, automotive, industrial manufacturing, and aerospace. Interoperability is required at the silicon level to enable specialization further up the stack, including IEEE/IEC 60802 for industrial and IEEE 802.1BA for ProAV as well as future profiles that are in development. The aim is to enable TSN capabilities developed for industrial applications to be adopted in other areas such as ProAV, for example, or real time media distribution methods created for ProAV could benefit Industry 4.0. This cycle of innovation has been key to Ethernet’s expansion beyond its original applications.

“As an active developer of TSN technology innovation at the silicon and system level for many years, NXP is pleased to work with our counterparts in the Silicon Validation Task Group to help craft a common set of standards for TSN,” said Jeff Steinheider, senior director and general manager, industrial edge, at NXP.  “This collaboration and the associated standards will help developers take advantage of TSN’s full potential across the spectrum of related applications.”

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“We consider an open, cross-industry standard like TSN as an essential basis for successful industrial automation projects. Interoperability at the silicon level ensures that customers have more choice

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