NI, Samsung develop 5G test UEs for 5G New Radio

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Test and measurement (T&M) company NI has partnered with Samsung to develop 5G test UEs for 5G New Radio (NR).

NI and Samsung Electronics will conduct demonstration of Samsung’s 28 GHz base station communicating with an NI test UE at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, next week.

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Designers and engineers at NI and Samsung will conduct the interoperability device testing (IODT) in order to ensure that Samsung’s 5G NR-capable commercial base station connects with a test UE developed by NI at 28 GHz over the air and in real time.

The NI test UE exchanges messages with the base station to establish a link and validates the downlink functionality and performance as dictated by the 3GPP. Engineers will check that the test UE uses NI’s 28 GHz mmWave Transceiver System with a compliant 5G NR Phase 1 protocol stack developed using LabVIEW system design software.

Wonil Roh, vice president and head of technology strategy group for Networks Business, Samsung Electronics, said NI is a key technology partner helping accelerate development on NR-based 5G mmWave technology and systems.

This partnership will explore the 5G NR standard at maximum throughput levels utilizing the full available bandwidth and maximum number of component carriers (eight) in a full 2×2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) configuration.

“Researchers all over the world have used our mmWave technology to develop 5G candidate technologies,” said Eric Starkloff, executive vice president of global sales and marketing at NI.