Enabling the next level of ADAS with test and measurement solutions

13-06-2023 | Rohde & Schwarz | Test & Measurement

At Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2023 in Stuttgart, Rohde & Schwarz demonstrate various cutting-edge test solutions that support automotive applications. With test solutions displayed that cover automotive radar, Ethernet, 5G and UWB, the company provides the automotive industry with the next level of autonomous driving reality.

Comprehensive automotive testing is crucial for chipset developers, ECU suppliers, vehicle manufacturers and certification bodies to ensure faultless performance, particularly in safety-critical applications. Test solutions from the company provide optimisation of technologies and applications from the lab to the proving ground and production line.

The R&S ATS1500C antenna test chamber is a CATR for testing of automotive radar sensor under far field conditions. When combined with the R&S AREG800A automotive radar echo generator and an R&S SMW200A vector signal generator, it can be used for various automotive radar sensor-relevant applications, including antenna characterisation, functional radar validation, interference testing, ETSI RED and FCC in-band pre-compliance testing and angle of arrival calibration. The system is the complete solution for all necessary RF tests before automotive radar sensor mass production.

The company supports further developing an open and standardised UWB ecosystem for automotive applications. UWB is suitable for vehicle access and start control, sharing digital car keys, hands-free payment, indoor navigation and parking assistance. Testing the performance of UWB modules and devices is important in the lab and production line to ensure compatibility and correct operation. In combination with its shielded chambers, the R&S CMP200 radio communication tester provides a complete solution for transmitter, receiver, ToF and AoA measurements in conducted and radiated mode, compliant with IEEE 802.15.4a/z specifications and able to perform UWB FiRa Consortium certification measurements.

The R&S CMX500 one-box radiocommunications tester provides high-performance 5G automotive measurements with comprehensive test coverage, including RF, protocol and application testing. It covers the entire integration cycle from chipsets to TCUs and complete vehicles. The R&S CMX500 provides extensive testing capability, supporting all 5G NR deployments covering LTE, 5G NR FR1 and FR2 in non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) mode, with an effortless setup and outstanding performance. The 5G tester reaches its market-leading high performance with its ability to handle data rates of 10 Gbps and beyond.

Developments in ADAS and high-powered entertainment applications are driving up automotive data rates. As they grow, ensuring the quality and performance of the cables and components of the communication channel becomes increasingly important. Automotive Ethernet is a key enabler for high data rate applications and for data backbone, connecting different domain controllers. The R&S RTO6 oscilloscope enables compliance testing on the next evolution of the automotive Ethernet standard up to MultiGigBASE-T1.

Together with its partner Löhnert Elektronik, the company demonstrates a fully automated turnkey solution for bumper production radar transparency testing based on the R&S QAR50. The lightweight and compact setup of the R&S QAR50-R aids precise positioning of the measurement antennas, enabling faster, more accurate and more convenient testing. Due to its design, it reaches positions that could hardly be handled with other test systems. This leads to higher throughput and yields and more flexibility to adapt to different DUTs for EOL measurements of bumpers and other exterior parts.

Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2023 in Stuttgart, Hall 10, booth 1552, 13-15 June 2023.

By Seb Springall