Getting started with Ethernet Interfaces (VN Devices)
Compared to serial bus systems such as CAN, FlexRay or LIN, Ethernet-based systems are typically based on a network topology. This often makes measurement as well as simulation and test tasks more complex than we know from serial bus systems. In addition, Ethernet-based systems often use much higher data rates. The freely configurable Vector Ethernet VN devices have been designed to meet the above-mentioned requirements. For example, complex hardware filters can be defined to provide tools such as CANoe or CANalyzer with only the data that is of interest in the current application. Depending on the measurement tasks, the Ethernet VN devices can be freely configured to meet the various measurement, simulation or test use cases. This free configurability brings a new level of complexity to the setup of Ethernet VN devices that we have never seen before. While the assignment of an Application Channel provided by the tool was sufficient for the setup of a CAN interface, several steps are necessary for the configuration of the Ethernet VN devices.