Keysight Technologies has enhanced its 5G Network Emulation solution that support the latest 3GPP Rel-15/16/17 features.
The enhancements to 5G Network Emulation solution from Keysight Technologies enable chipset and device makers to quickly and confidently develop designs with advanced 5G capabilities for consumer, industry and government applications.
Keysight’s 5G test platform targets chipset makers, device manufacturers, mobile network operators, test labs, system integrators and operational technology (OT) vendors to help develop and verify 5G devices and networks.
The updates have enabled 5G chipset makers to develop and verify the performance of advanced 5G chipsets based on 3GPP release 16 (Rel-16), supporting new features and capabilities. They tested and verified these chipsets using Keysight’s 5G network emulation solution, based on the company’s UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform.
Keysight said it has used the enhanced network emulation platform to realize several industry-first 5G achievements in collaboration with these leading chipset makers. Industry milestone achievements include the first 10 Gbps downlink (DL) IP data throughput demonstration in June 2021 and the first 3.5 Gbps UL IP data throughput demonstration in January 2022.
“We’re witnessing the first commercial deployments of 3GPP Rel-16 this spring and expect to see early implementations of Rel-17 towards the end of 2022,” said Cao Peng, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s wireless test group, in a news statement.
Enhancements to Keysight’s network emulation platform
Extended frequency range (FR) coverage, providing support for the sub-8GHz FR1 extension into the new licensed and unlicensed bands (NR-U), high intermediate frequency (IF) support for FR2 testing, and the new 47 GHz mmWave FR2 band n262.
Use of wider bandwidth RF resources to provide superior EN-DC and NR-DC band combination coverage, providing one-box support for 8 component carriers (CC) in 8 FDD/TDD bands with 4×4/2×2 MIMO.
Increased processing power to support more carrier aggregation (CA) with >10CC, and higher data throughput rates beyond 10 Gbps end-to-end IP for data-intensive use cases including 8K video streaming.
Enhanced uplink (UL) capabilities to support UL antenna switching, multi-Angle of Arrival (AoA) testing, and more CCs for UL CA to enable HD video and image sharing and livestream use cases.
New Rel-16 Ultra Reliability & Low Latency Communication (URLLC) features, enabling devices serving the Industrial IoT (IIoT), Private Networks, Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and extended reality (XR) markets.