Ethernet Network Interfaces Family
Next-Generation Ethernet Network Interface Software

Discover the Next Generation of Ethernet Network Interface Software

As your partner with many years of experience in the development of Automotive Ethernet solutions, Vector now offers a new and optimized way of accessing and using Ethernet network interfaces (in the following simply called interfaces). This also includes new versions of the Ethernet interface software (device driver) for current and future interfaces.

The new driver version 11.2 optimizes and improves the way your application software interacts with and accesses an Automotive Ethernet system. This has a positive effect on the use of the Vector tools and is available in the latest versions of the Vector tools CANoe and CANape.

Further details are described in the Application Note or on the product pages of CANoe and CANape.

Test Setups

Flexible and Scalable Approaches for Test Setups

The new firmware allows flexible use of the interfaces in different application areas. Due to the new and versatile configuration possibilities, it fulfills the individual requirements of the test setup.

Through a freely configurable connection of the available Automotive Ethernet ports using different segmentation types (switch, link), you can create suitable analysis, test or simulation configurations.

If you need a larger number of ports for your test setups, you can easily access multiple interfaces. In addition, you get extended assembly options and PC connection variants through the alternative connection of the VN5610A, VN5640, VN5620 and VN5430 interfaces via Ethernet in addition to USB.


Additional Test and Recording Components Can Be Integrated Easily

New firmware functions allow you to easily expand your measurement and test setups with additional 3rd party equipment. This can now also be synchronized with the interfaces using IEEE 1588 (Precision Time Protocol).


Extended Filter Options

With the port-based access, application tools such as CANoe and CANape access the interface according to a new scheme. The application only considers the Ethernet ports that are important for it. This enables the application to receive and process only the relevant Ethernet packets and reduces the computing load on your PC that is required for processing non-relevant packets.

Extensive Ethernet packet filters are also available. These filters remove irrelevant Ethernet packets based on packet content. Filtering is possible via e.g. IP addresses, TCP ports or MAC addresses.


Free Definition of Topologies

The requirements for an interface differ depending on the area of application and desired functionality. When measuring, you need many TAPs (Test Access Points), whereas when testing with the help of a residual bus simulation, you often emulate a certain topology. A simple Ethernet port is often sufficient for pure access to the network.

With the new firmware, you can set up simple and complex topologies on the interface. The topology can comprise one or more networks. The networks can be distributed over several interfaces. This allows you to adapt the interface very flexibly to the respective requirements.


Simple Configuration

With a new and user-oriented configuration surface, you can set up the interfaces clearly and conveniently. The graphic display of the topology, and the drag and drop assignment of the Ethernet ports simplifies configuration and increases clarity.

The new configuration surface supports the handling of different interface configurations and the exchange of configurations with other project participants. Configurations can be easily stored, loaded and distributed using the PC.

With applications that support the new firmware, you can apply predefined configurations to an interface at startup.

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