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April 7, 2015—The OPEN Alliance (One-Pair EtherNet) Special Interest Group today announced broad availability of its automotive Ethernet specifications.

The industry alliance was established to drive wide scale adoption of Ethernet-based automotive connectivity.

The public release of the specifications is aimed at continuing the Alliance's demonstrated momentum in establishing single pair Ethernet as the connectivity technology of choice for the connected car.

Analysts predict the automotive Ethernet segment to grow exponentially over the coming years, reaching 15 to 20 automotive Ethernet ports per vehicle by 2020.

"The automotive industry is experiencing one of its most transformative periods in history and it's all about connectivity," said Natalie A. Wienckowski, General Motors' architect, electronics hardware global lead, and OPEN Alliance SIG chair. "Based on its high bandwidth, price-performance, ubiquity and inherent network security features, use of automotive Ethernet is on a significant trajectory. By making our specifications widely available, we can further drive wide scale adoption of the technology throughout the automotive ecosystem."

Membership in the automotive OPEN Alliance SIG has grown significantly since its inception in the fall of 2011 with representation from 250 of the world's leading automakers, tier one suppliers and technology companies. The released specifications are the result of the work conducted by numerous technical committees focused on driving interoperability, compliance and testing requirements.

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