Companies collaborate to speed development of O-RAN solutions

30-06-2021 | Analog Devices | Test & Measurement

Analog Devices and Keysight Technologies are collaborating on accelerating network interoperability and compliance testing for Open RAN radio units (O-RUs).

They are collaborating to produce a robust test bench to verify the interoperability of a new O-RU that incorporates ADI’s low-PHY baseband, software-defined transceiver, power and clock integrated with an Intel FPGA. Applying Keysight’s Open RAN emulation, signal generation and signal analysis abilities to a broad range of use cases advances the testing process, decreasing complexity and testing time.

“We are pleased to align our resources with ADI, a leader in O-RU technology solutions, to help service providers realise the full potential of the O-RAN specifications,” said Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Commercial Communications Group. “Keysight and ADI offer technology and test solutions that create an effective bridge between the radio unit and the core network, resulting in accelerated development and interoperability testing.”

“As a result of combining our technology, tools and design resources, ADI and Keysight are able to provide the O-RAN ecosystem with a robust platform to quickly develop reliable O-RUs,” said Joe Barry, vice president of Wireless Communications at Analog Devices. “By working together, we offer our customers the fastest path for developing cost-effective, power-efficient and interoperable O-RAN ready O-RUs.”

An Open RAN infrastructure, based on O-RAN ALLIANCE open interfaces, allows mobile operators to produce a robust multi-vendor network environment intended to streamline the delivery of advanced 5G services for enterprises in financing, manufacturing, transportation, logistics and healthcare. Performance validation of O-RUs and interoperability testing between network elements from the edge of the RAN to the 5G core (5GC) enables mobile operators to effectively deploy O-RAN in multi-vendor 5G networks.

By Natasha Shek