Avnu opens TSN Test Tool programme to new vendors

Avnu Alliance is expanding its time sensitive networking (TSN) Test Tool programme by opening the test tool ecosystem to new vendors.

The industry forum behind the Milan pro AV networking protocol says the expansion will see third party vendor test tools verified and validated through its own process, which is designed and maintained by certification management professionals and TSN experts.

At the 8th annual TSN/A Conference, taking place September 28 and 29, 2022 in Stuttgart, Avnu will host demonstrations of wired and wireless TSN tests for 802.1AS and 802.1Qbv based on test plans from the Avnu Express Testing Suite.

Hosted on the Avnu booth, these tests will be run on both the Avnu Express Test Tool and Keysight’s new TSN Test Tool, which has now met the requirements to start the Avnu Global Certification Program validation and verification process to become an Avnu endorsed Test Tool. When approved by Avnu, Keysight’s TSN Test Tool will be available to members for both debugging and quick test certification.

Ed Agis, Avnu Alliance Certification Work Group co-chair overseeing the TSN Test Tool program and verification and validation process, said: “Adding new test tools, such as Keysight’s TSN Test Tool to the testing ecosystem, significantly expands the certification program providing more choice and a wider variety of test types to members.

“Test tools significantly lower the barrier for certification and allow members to enter the certification process with more confidence. Now, with the expanded program, we invite vendors to join Avnu as a test tool member and submit their test tool for verification and validation. The expanded ecosystem will be a powerful catalyst for the growth of available wired and wireless TSN products.”

Already available to Avnu members, the Avnu Express Test Tool is a low-cost, entry-level evaluation test tool that allows members to internally verify if a device will pass certification tests before submitting to testing. The Avnu Express Test Tool provides insights into the product that can be used to optimise and debug product development, increasing the probability of certification success. Vendors can also use the test tool, which bundles test control and test engine software along with a set of hardware equipment, to verify the performance of end devices using Certified modules.

At the TSN/A Conference, Avnu Alliance members are presenting sessions on topics ranging from Wireless TSN interoperability and testing and 802.1 TSN standards updates to TSN testbed updates. Avnu President, Greg Schlechter, Board Member Henning Kaltheuner, and Silicon Validation Work Group Chair, Jordon Woods will present a keynote session on September 29 about common characteristics of secured converged networks and mixed criticality workloads.

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