Rohde & Schwarz to enable Realtek’s entry into automotive market

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Munich, Germany: Rohde & Schwarz said that it is partnering with Realtek’s automotive chipset development team. Under the partnership, Rohde & Schwarz will enable Realtek to comply with current and future OPEN Alliance standards.

The tie-up has come at a time when Realtek is eyeing entry into the automotive market with its in-vehicle communication network, computer peripheral products and multimedia IC design.

Automotive Ethernet is a key enabler for automotive communications since it is a future proof technology, currently supporting speeds up to 10Gbps. However, the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and enhanced infotainment applications require more sophisticated in-vehicle communications to support the required higher data rates.

This is where Rohde & Schwarz’s high-performance test instruments and fixtures will help Realtek to conduct product validation and performance tests for its new products and solutions and meet compliance standards.

“The performance and ease of measurement of the R&S RTO2044 oscilloscope and R&S ZNB vector network analyzer are important considerations for our R&D engineers, given the fact that these two instruments are references at UNH-IOL, an Automotive Ethernet laboratory accredited by OPEN Alliance,” said Yee-Wei Huang, VP – Realtek.

Realtek has entered the OPEN Alliance (OA) TC12 market with the RTL9010 (1000BASE-T1 PHY) chipset, which supports the OA TC10 Wake-up/Sleep.

The RTL9010 is the industry’s first and one of very few AEC-Q100 Grade 1 chipsets in the world, with power consumption as low as 400mW, saving materials cost and significantly reducing power consumption through a built-in switching regulator. It also supports a 12V/24V VBAT power supply.

Rohde & Schwarz was the first to design a compatible SMA connector for the fixture of the object to be tested, thus significantly reducing the lead time required by developers to overcome this challenge.

Realtek and Rohde & Schwarz have jointly invested resources into the development of products that meet the TC1 and TC12 standards set by the OPEN Alliance.

Furthermore, they are also actively deploying resources into the highly-anticipated TC15 (MultiGBASE-T1) market, the standards and specifications of which the OPEN Alliance is currently working.

Through the partnership, Realtek and Rohde & Schwarz are set to lead the way in automotive Ethernet.

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