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Mouser and TE Connectivity offer new eBook on harsh environments

GCF and 5GAA partner on C-V2X certification


ouser Electronics announces a new eBook in collaboration with TE Connectivity. In Proven in the Harshest Environments, subject matter experts from Mouser and TE offer in-depth articles on how TE’s broad range of connectivity and sensor solutions, proven in the harshest environments, enable advancements in transportation, industrial applications, medical technology, energy, data communications, and the home.

Today’s design considerations require more than simple improvements, involving enhanced productivity, safety, and profitability through optimisation of designs — including understanding the environmental conditions surrounding the designs. Harsh environmental conditions can include exposure to extreme temperatures, temperature cycling, ingress of liquids or particulates, electrostatic discharge (ESD), electromagnetic interference (EMI), vibrations, and physical impact. The Proven in the Harshest Environments eBook explores some of the key connector and sensor technologies required for operating in harsh conditions, including articles on robust connectors for factory floors, heavy-duty vehicles, offshore wind farms and drilling operations, plus protected sensors in smart devices designed for underwater use.

he Global Certification Forum (GCF) and the 5G Automotive

Association (5GAA) announced a partnership that will support the drive for interoperability, reliability, and safety of emerging cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) systems. 5GAA has been working with GCF, the organisation instrumental in

establishing initiatives shaping the wireless communication industry

since 1999, to develop an innovative new programme that lays the foundations for the certification of the radio layer of C-V2X, upon which trusted applications can be developed.

The use of C-V2X communications is fundamental to the growth and adoption of next-generation automotive systems. Direct wireless communication between vehicles, and between vehicles and infrastructure, will lead to safer and more efficient intelligent transportation systems. Certification of all these elements to global standards is essential to ensure the peace of mind of manufacturers and users alike. Under the agreement with 5GAA, GCF has established a programme that will enable manufacturers to certify their C-V2X capable products – including onboard units (OBU) and roadside units (RSU) – for C-V2X PC5 Mode 4 functionality. PC5 Mode 4, standardised by 3GPP, allows for direct communications

between vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to- infrastructure (V2I) equipment without the need to connect to the cellular network.

Lars Nielsen, GCF CEO and general manager, commented: “GCF brings to the table over 20 years of best practice and wireless certification know-how, while 5GAA brings the global reach of the automotive ecosystem and expertise in automotive specific requirements. The combination of the two organisations will result in a best-in-class certification programme for the automotive industry that prepares the way for safe, secure and interoperable communications between vehicles, people, and networks.”

“We are proud to engage with GCF for this first part of a multiphase certification programme,” said 5GAA CTO Maxime Flament. “This new agreement represents another crucial step that will grant trusted foundations for CV2X applications globally, leading to a safer and more efficient transportation system.”

PNO specifies HARTING ix Industrial as new PROFINET interface

he new PNO guideline Profinet Cabling and Interconnection Technology - Guideline for PROFINET Version 5.0 specifies the ix Industrial mating face as a new standard for Ethernet applications. The guideline provides PROFINET users with a reliable set of rules for industrial cabling. Thanks to the ix Industrial PROFINET are benefitting from an Ethernet interface that is significantly more compact and more robust than previous RJ45 solutions - a path to the miniaturised future.

The PROFINET User Organization (PNO) published the PROFINET Cabling and Interconnection Technology - Guideline for PROFINET Version 5.0, a new set of rules for PROFINET-compliant cabling in industrial equipment, systems, and plants. The ix Industrial mating face for

Ethernet transmission represents a key new component in the SPC “Specific Passive Components” section. Consequently, manufacturers of PROFINET-compliant devices are now able to develop more compact devices on a secure and reliable basis and thereby save valuable installation space in the control cabinet. Given the 70 per cent smaller ix Industrial device socket compared to known RJ45 connections, the number of ports can be doubled for the same device size or, conversely, a device can be designed that is significantly more compact. In addition to the miniaturisation and space savings that will become increasingly vital in the future, the HARTING ix Industrial interface offers device manufacturers and users one thing in particular: A high-performance, reliable, and industrial-grade connector paving the way to the future.

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