Anritsu launches 5G NR fading tests with single MT8000A
Published: 23 September 2019 - Christian Lynn
Anritsu announces the launch of its popular radio communication test station MT8000A, with upgraded 5G protocol test functions. The upgrade uses NR (New Radio)Fading software when implementing baseband fading tests; the MT8000A provides support for 3GPP TS 38.521-4 B.1/B.2 V15.0.0-compliant 5G NR channel (TDL) model tests using NR Fading software.
A fading test simulates the actual radio-wave propagation environment and is required for development of mobile devices. Previously, an external 5G RF fading simulator was required, and this is now implemented as an internal fader in the MT8000A, supporting either 2CC 4x4 MIMO tests with one MT8000A unit, or 8CC 2x2 MIMO tests with two units.
As a result, Protocol Test set-up in a fading environment is simpler, and elimination of external test equipment, as well as compatibility with existing protocol functions, helps cut development costs.
The MT8000A is for mobile-terminal vendors requiring efficient tests with good cost-performance covering a wide range of conditions. It is an all-in-one test platform for RF, Protocol, and Beam tests, as well as for beam-forming evaluations. In addition to supporting functions for simulating base-station NSA and SA modes required for development of 5G chipsets and terminals, it also supports the latest technologies, such as 4x4 MIMO for increasing data transmission speeds in the Sub-6 GHz band as well as 8CC for implementing wideband mmWave.
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