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Avnu Alliance launches Component Certification Program to facilitate TSN interoperability

June 19, 2024
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Avnu Alliance has launched its Component Certification Program that will certify capabilities relating to Time Sensitive Networking (TSN), specifically the 802.1 TSN standards developed by IEEE SA. By obtaining certification, manufacturers across multiple markets can reportedly ensure their components comply with the core TSN standards, facilitating greater interoperability while mitigating integration issues during deployments.

“We are delighted to have launched the first-ever Component Certification Program,” said Avnu Alliance president Dave Cavalcanti. “The program’s profile-agnostic nature will play a pivotal role in ensuring conformance within TSN standards and enabling seamless integration of compliant components and devices from multiple vendors and industries. As a result, the market demand for greater interoperability and standards-based converged networks can be met.”

Avnu Alliance explains in a press statement that businesses are increasingly turning to converged networks for integrating IT and Operations Technologies (OT). In time-critical applications where data needs to be delivered reliably and with bounded latency, TSN capabilities can reportedly enable the co-existence of different types of traffic on the same network. For these devices to be successfully deployed and managed, interoperability and conformance with the IEEE SA-defined TSN standards are essential.

Avnu Alliance notes that the program initially focuses on core standards for timing and synchronization for time-sensitive applications (802.1AS), and enhancements for scheduled traffic (EST). It is set to expand and cover interspersed express traffic (IET) and the forwarding and queuing of time-sensitive streams (FQTSS) later this year.

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The Component Certification Program has been designed to enable the adoption of converged networking. By certifying their products, manufacturers, vendors, and solution providers can reportedly ensure their TSN-capable products meet market demands.

Industrial networking, computing, and automation solutions providers including Intel, Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors, Analog Devices and Moxa are supporting Avnu Alliance and the Component Certification Program.


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