Anritsu simplifies 5G NR Fading Tests with built-in fader

Anritsu mt8000a

Anritsu announced the availability of Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A with 5G NR Fading software implementing built-in baseband fading tests.

Featuring the upgraded 5G Protocol Test functions, the product now supports 3GPP TS 38.521-4 B.1/B.2 V15.0.0-compliant 5G NR channel (TDL) model tests, Anritsu said.

A fading test simulates the actual radio-wave propagation environment required for development of mobile devices.

Anritsu’s MT8000A has implemented an internal fader, supporting either 2CC 4x4MIMO tests with one MT8000A unit, or 8CC 2x2MIMO tests with two units.

As a result, Protocol Test set-up in a fading environment is simpler than previous solutions while elimination of external test equipment as well as compatibility with existing protocol functions helps cut development costs, Anritsu said.

With this product, Anritsu aims the rapidly growing 5G mobile-terminal development cases. Such environments require 3GPP-compliant testing and evaluation for assured interoperability, and these test contents are not limited to static communications protocols and RF evaluations between mobiles and base stations, but also include RRM tests simulating a moving mobile unit, as well as evaluations, etc., in a fading environment, Anritsu said.

The MT8000A provides an all-in-one test platform for RF, Protocol, and Beam tests, as well as for beam-forming evaluations. It supports a number of functions for simulating base-station NSA and SA modes required for development of 5G chipsets and terminals, and technologies such as 4×4 MIMO for increasing data transmission speeds in the Sub-6GHz band as well as 8CC for implementing wideband mmWave.

The solution covers Sub-6 GHz band (FR1) frequencies of 2.5GHz, 3.5GHz, 4.5GHz, etc., used by 5G services.