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Technical Article: Full transparency with Automotive Ethernet - Finally seeing what is really happening

Automotive Ethernet – in contrast to CAN, LIN and FlexRay – is not simply another bus that sparkles with very high transmission rates. Rather development and testing departments are confronted with an entirely different network topology, which in many aspects requires a different approach to thinking and acting. This article describes, based on the example of a new flexible Automotive Ethernet interface, the specific challenges that developers face. It also demonstrates the ideal way to structure hardware and software and have them interact to achieve optimal development, simulation and test results under the new constraints.