Ethernet cabling, automotive version available

April 04, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
To handle the large amounts of data required to automate the task of driving a car, reliable and fast in-vehicle data connections are indispensible – connections that exceed the limits of the technologies currently available such as CAN FD or FlexRay. Many experts regard Ethernet as the solution of choice to move these data. Automotive supplier Delphi now has committed itself to the Ethernet technology by developing the AMEC product family of Ethernet connectors.

AMEC stands for Automatable Modular Ethernet Connector. According to Delphi, this product family helps carmakers to “democratize” driver assistance functions by offering such functions in a broad range of vehicle categories including those required to meet SAE level 3 and 4 for partially automated and highly automated driving. Featuring a very compact form factor, the AMEC standard connector can be used in systems with data rates of 100 Mbps and 10 Gbps alike.


The company says it deliberately designed the AMEC Ethernet components on the basis of existing standard products that already meet all relevant requirements and specs. Thus, the Ethernet components can be manufactured in proven production processes and on existing production systems. In addition, this concept eases the task of designing cable looms since they can apply robust installation techniques.


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