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Ixia, Marvell and NXP Delivered the First Successful Multivendor Interoperability Demonstration of the AVnu AVB Automotive Profile

Posted 04/20/2016

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 20, 2016-- Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA), a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, partnered with Marvell Technology Group, a global leader in providing complete silicon solutions, and NXP Semiconductors, the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, to deliver the first public interoperability demonstration of the AVnu Audio Video Bridging (AVB) profile dedicated for automotive usage at the Automotive Ethernet Congress held in Munich, Germany, February 3rd and 4th, 2016.

What is AVB/TSN?
Audio Video Bridging/Time Sensitive Networking (AVB/TSN) guarantees reliable transmission of audio, video, and control data over standard Ethernet. AVB/TSN assures not only a minimum bandwidth, but a maximum guaranteed latency, which is crucial for real-time media. The technology enables car makers to use the same Ethernet network for real-time and non-real-time communications, at much higher speeds than previous automotive busses. AVB/TSN allows for more advanced entertainment and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features even on lower end car models.

What was demonstrated at the Automotive Ethernet Congress?
The demonstration showcased the automotive Ethernet specific physical layer, IEEE 100BASE-T1 (Ethernet running at 100Mbps over a single twisted pair), a milestone that reflects that automotive AVB/TSN is a technology that is ready for use in production. AVB/TSN allows time-sensitive application traffic to be carried over Ethernet reliably and is a common name for the set of technical standards developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Audio Video Bridging Task Group of the IEEE 802.1 standards committee.

The demonstration included a complex scenario of real and emulated AVB talkers and listeners from NXP and Ixia communicating over a network of AVB bridges from Marvell and NXP. The term ‘talker’ denotes a stream source while ‘listener’ denotes a stream destination.

The benefits of the joint solution were observed on the real endpoints, as precisely measured by the Ixia AVB tester, and include:

  • Verification of synchronization and timely delivery of time-sensitive streams
  • Validation of bandwidth, QoS, priority remapping, and latency guarantees
  • Checking that both AVB and best effort traffic are handled appropriately at the same time through the AVB system
  • Validation of AVB Network boundaries in time-sensitive networks

What is the AVnu Alliance?
The AVnu Alliance is a community creating an interoperable ecosystem of low-latency, time-synchronized, highly reliable networked devices using open standards through certification. AVnu Alliance members include more than 95% of the Ethernet silicon suppliers in the market, leading players in the networking infrastructure space, household names from the automotive and industrial sectors, and prominent firms in audio-visual markets.

About Ixia
Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) provides testing, visibility, and security solutions, strengthening applications across physical and virtual networks for enterprises, service providers, and network equipment manufacturers. Ixia offers companies trusted environments in which to develop, deploy, and operate. Customers worldwide rely on Ixia to verify their designs, optimize their performance, and ensure protection of their networks to make their applications stronger. Learn more at

About Marvell
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a global leader in providing complete silicon solutions and Kinoma® software enabling the “Smart Life and Smart Lifestyle™.” From storage to cloud infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity and multimedia, Marvell’s diverse product portfolio aligns complete platform designs with industry-leading performance, security, reliability and efficiency. At the core of the world’s most powerful consumer, network and enterprise systems, Marvell empowers partners and their customers to always stand at the forefront of innovation, performance and mass appeal. By providing people around the world with mobility and ease of access to services adding value to their social, personal and work lives, Marvell is committed to enhancing the human experience. For more information, please visit

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security & privacy and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 45,000 employees in more than 35 countries.

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