5G mmWave small cell test solution for small cell testing

13-01-2022 | Rohde & Schwarz | Test & Measurement

Rohde & Schwarz has announced that the new option for small cell testing for the R&S CMP200 radio communication tester has been validated by Qualcomm Technologies. OEMs of small cell infrastructure equipment operating in the mmWave range (FR2) can now use the QDART for Small Cells and benefit from the unique features of the R&S CMP200 like ultrafast measurement speed and parallel testing of multiple DUTs.

Small cells offer network operators the opportunity to improve the capacity of existing wireless networks and satisfy the demands for data capacity that arrive with 5G use cases. They can be employed in public and private networks within buildings or outside scenarios, creating a growing demand for small cell infrastructure. The Qualcomm FSM100 5G RAN Platform has been adopted by numerous manufacturers and cellular infrastructure providers worldwide due to its scalability and cost-effectiveness. Its form factor and power level are intended to manage indoor and outdoor densification necessities for 5G networks and fast-paced network upgrades to 5G.

Created for R&D and production environments, the solution is optimised for user equipment testing and validated by Qualcomm Technologies accordingly. With the added testing functionality for small cell testing and support by QDART for Small Cells, the test platform is intended to be a future-proof investment for OEMs.

Christoph Pointner, senior vice president Mobile Radio Testers at Rohde & Schwarz, said: “OEMs worldwide rely on Qualcomm Technologies’ platform for their small cell products. Our R&S CMP200 is a tried and tested solution for 5G NR device testing. With its new functionality specialising on small cell testing, which is already validated for QDART for Small Cells, OEMs can be confident that our test solution is ready to fulfil their testing needs, whether for in the lab or production line.”

Gerardo Giaretta, senior director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., said: “With the QDART for Small Cells validation of the R&S CMP200, both Qualcomm Technologies and Rohde & Schwarz are further enabling OEMs and cellular infrastructure providers to efficiently and cost-effectively scale 5G networks. With the Qualcomm FSM100 5G RAN Platform’s unmatched data speeds, capacity, power efficiency and global band support, vendors that integrate with this solution, for which the R&S CMP200 is optimised, will be better prepared for the next generation of connectivity.”

By Natasha Shek