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Rohde & Schwarz announces new test solutions for 5G base stations

Set up for cross-channel measurements up to 4X4 MIMO on 5G transmissions (Image credit: Rohde & Schwarz )

Rohde & Schwarz, a leading manufacturer of wireless test solutions, has extended its portfolio for generation and analysis of 5G signal waveforms. For 5G base stations, RF test solutions for the 5G frequency ranges FR1 (450 MHz to 7.125 GHz) and FR2 up to 44 GHz will be demonstrated.

Low-loss 5G transmission

For over-the-air (OTA) tests on 5G base stations in the FR2 range, Rohde & Schwarz is launching a unique solution based on the R&S FE44 frontend modules, which support signal generation and analysis in the lower-frequency IF band. The new technology enables low-loss transmission of 5G signals and the use of cost-effective T&M instruments by avoiding the need for equipment designed for the millimeterwave range.

The SMW200A vector signal generator generates the 5G signals, and the FSVA3000 provides the right analysis functions. “Both are ideal for 5G tests thanks to their excellent RF characteristics. The frontend modules can be mounted near the antennas of the DUT on the OTA test chamber,” said the Munich based company, in a statement.

“In the transmit direction, the 5G signals generated in the IF band by the R&S SMW200A are upconverted to the FR2 range up to 44 GHz. This ensures that the high output power is generated exactly where it is needed. On the receive side, the R&S FE44A converts the FR2 signal at the antenna inputs down to the IF band and sends it with low attenuation losses to the R&S FSVA3000 for analysis. This solution is suitable for test systems in production,” continued Rohde & Schwarz.

Speed-optimized 5G base station testing

Rohde & Schwarz has developed a scalable, high-performance server based testing analysis platform, for speed-optimized production tests of 5G base stations. “The R&S SMBV100B vector signal generator and the R&S FSVA3000 spectrum analyser are used as RF test solutions. The powerful R&S QuickStep test executive software is used to automatically control the test setup and verify test results,” stated the manufacturer who explains the solution is using a 10 Gigabit Ethernet network, where the combination of the server based approach and parallel processing enables extremely high measurement speeds.

The infrastructure consists of commercially available components and is also ideal for flexible testing of WLAN, cellular and IoT components and devices in R&D, verification and production.

4x4 MIMO

Rohde & Schwarz has also announced a new test solution for base stations and small cells that enables cross-channel measurements up to 4x4 MIMO on 5G transmissions in the FR1 range. The solution consists of the R&S SMW200A signal generator, two SGT100A vector RF sources, the R&S RTP164 high-performance oscilloscope used as a measuring receiver, and the 5G analysis options of the R&S VSE vector signal explorer software running on a laptop.

“The R&S SMW200A generates the 3GPP-compliant 5G test signals, which can be transmitted on up to four channels using the two additional vector RF sources. The oscilloscope provides phase coherent acquisition of all four signals, a basic prerequisite for cross-channel measurements. The integrated hardware-accelerated digital downconverter of the R&S RTP164 mixes the signals down to the baseband in real time,” stated Rohde & Schwarz.

The Virtual Storage Extended software performs measurements in line with 3GPP specifications. Users can also perform MIMO-specific measurements and flexibly compile the test results. The solution is suitable for tests during the development and verification of 5G base stations.



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Rachael is a British journalist with 17 years experience in the publishing industry. Since launching www.digitalcameraworld.com, she’s been freelancing, and working for some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including T3.com and TechRadar.com and has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. A regular contributor at 5Gradar, Rachael is following the 5G market closely. Find out more at www.rachaelsharpe.com