Comprehensive test solutions for the latest demanding 5G standards

05-08-2022 | Rohde & Schwarz | Test & Measurement

Rohde & Schwarz has released a comprehensive set of coordinated software options for its vector signal generators and signal and spectrum analysers.

It is leading the way in implementing a full range of 5G NR Release 17 features in its signal generation and analysis test solutions. Software options for the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator and R&S FSW signal analysers have been upgraded to satisfy the stringent requirements of this latest 5G specification. The R&S FSVA3000 signal and spectrum analyser and R&S SMM100A vector signal generator also handle 5G NR Release 17.

Some key features for the release include ultra-reliable low latency communications for IIoT, IAB, and radio access network slicing for NR. Also, 3GPP extends the frequency support to 71GHz. This extension needs an adaptation of the physical layer, notably the addition of two new subcarrier spacings (480kHz and 960kHz) and the support of wider signal bandwidths of up to 2GHz.

Necessities for the high-quality signal test are embodied in a new enhanced dynamic frontend module for the class-leading signal and spectrum analyser. This makes the solution excellent for evaluating any high-end communication components or systems, including 5G NR FR2 or IEEE 802.11ay/ad chipsets, amplifiers, user equipment and base stations.

Furthermore, a new 67GHz frequency option for the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator provides up to 72GHz in overrange mode. This supports all planned higher frequency 5G bands, the 60GHz WiGig band, and inter-satellite links. The generator's key features include excellent modulation quality, flat frequency response, and four hardware-based levels of phase noise performance equally apply to the new frequency options.

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