The new standard will extend the existing 10GBASE-SR, the current IEEE standard, to establish a communication channel in 10 Gbit/s optical fiber. "Technology leaps such as electric vehicles, automated driving and V2X connections are rapidly gaining ground," explains Carlos Pardo. "As a result, the necessary network speed in the automotive sector is increasing enormously with the applications, workload and safety requirements. Accordingly, automotive networks are at the threshold of speeds from one to several gigabits per second".
With the approval of the IEEE 802.3 working group, the KDPOF developers have begun standardizing an IEEE 802.3 Automotive Multi-Gigabit Optical Standard in cooperation with more than 15 automotive manufacturers and component suppliers. The working group under the personal leadership of KDPOF CEO Carlos Pardo gave the starting signal last summer. The first prototypes are planned by the end of 2021. The working group will evaluate the creation of an IEEE Ethernet standard for the automotive industry with speeds from 2.5 Gbit/s to 25 or 50 Gbit/s.