Automotive industry is driving steadily with advanced technology taking up the vehicles to the next levels. With massive advancements from ADAS to infotainment and autonomous driving, the requirement for higher bandwidth is also mounting. Every day, a new and exciting feature is being introduced within the vehicles, which has left us seeking new ways to deal with the tremendous requirements of data these technologies put forth.

Earlier, the application requirements within a vehicle were restricted to chassis control or body control which required just a few kbps of data, however, today's smart vehicles are equipped with numerous sensors, high-end infotainment, and navigation controls based on AI and ML. The complexities increase with multiple LIDARs, RADARs, and camera modules which generate terabytes of data. This leads to the requirements of the most reliable connectivity with very low levels of latency and a high-speed network, which is made possible with Automotive Ethernet.

Ethernet is a very familiar term and has been in the industry for three decades. This is largely used in data-hungry devices across various markets and industries. Automotive Ethernet, the optimized version for Ethernet for vehicular purposes, is the most reliable and robust solution for meeting the never-ending bandwidth requirements of present and next-generation automobiles.

Automotive ethernet is a point-to-point technology where each electric node is connected to the next. A switch is deployed within the systems that help to establish communication between multiple ECUs and routes the traffic to other various units within the network. IEEE standardized the technology with 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 automotive-specific ethernet standards.

One of the greatest advantages of Automotive Ethernet is that they are cost-effective compared to other protocols. While the predecessors like CAN provide a throughput of just 10Mb/s, the automotive Ethernet starts at a base rate of 100Mb/s and use very light and efficient wiring compared to traditional cable harnesses, saving both space and cost, as well as reducing complexities.

Amphenol’s Automotive Ethernet connectors are designed for the automotive environment, support all current IEEE Automotive Ethernet Standards, and are developed in accordance with USCAR-2, and ISO 8092.

Amphenol’s NETBridge+® Automotive Ethernet Connector System is designed for automotive applications with the capability to transmit up to 100Mb/s and 1Gb/s according to IEEE 100BASE-T1 and 1000BASE-T1 making it an excellent option for the most modern vehicles. These Automotive-grade Ethernet Connector Systems developed according to USCAR-2 and Ethernet specifications use single-pair cables to transmit data and are offered in miniaturized and sealed configurations. The fully shielded version and small form factor, make it ideal for compact infotainment systems and harsh weather conditions. These connectors offer design flexibility with scalable port options with 1x1, 1x2, 1x3, and 2x2 to 2x3 ports for the right angle and vertical configurations.

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