New Stand-Alone 5G New Radio Test User Equipment Offering

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Allows operators to test and validate 5G systems in real-world scenarios

Before the 5G systems can be deployed, companies must test and validate products and services for standards compliance, interoperability, and operational performance.

Hence, after the initial non-standalone (NSA) 5G NR launch last year, National Instruments now offers an upgraded stand-alone (SA) version of its 5G New Radio (NR) Test User Equipment (UE). It operates as a 3GPP Release 15 standard compliant UE, allowing infrastructure providers including semiconductor and service operators – to test, validate, and assess performance in real-world scenarios.

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Also, it’s an all-in-one, software-upgradeable hardware solution specifically designed to maximise cost efficiency, enhance the user experience and maintain robust functionality.

Non-stand-alone (NSA) continues to facilitate the newly introduced 5G technologies. However, 5G NR stand-alone networks incorporate necessary elements to realise the full power of 5G, especially related to data throughput and latency.

Key Benefits

  • Versatile Hardware: Reduces development time and maximises hardware investments with a system designed for both lab benchmark tests and field tests.
  • Early Access to Standards: Accesses standard-compliant systems and receive software upgrades whenever new standards are introduced.
  • Real-Time Analytics: Evaluates link status and performance in real-time while creating log files for offline analysis and debugging including unprecedented Layer 1 visibility.

In partnership with Spirent Communications, NI intends to accelerate 5G NR technology and support and provide a solution that can validate 5G device performance for offering end-to-end network emulation environments for global customers. “Last year brought worldwide 5G NSA deployments, but meaningful revenues were elusive,” said Clarke Ryan, senior director of product development at Spirent. “Where 5G development is well underway, there’s a rush globally to move past NSA to SA 5G rollouts to capture revenues in industries like manufacturing, automotive, mobile gaming, and beyond.”

“The early 5G sub-6 GHz rollouts are a significant step toward realizing the benefits of 5G, but the faster data rates, higher reliability, and lower latency of SA 5G will deliver the promised transformational impact for enterprises and consumers. As we see the strain our current situation has put on our existing networks, implementing SA 5G is more important now than ever before,” said James Kimery, director of marketing, wireless research at NI. “This exciting and important work presents significant design and test challenges that require powerful tools. At NI, we’re committed to connecting designers and test engineers to the most advanced test solutions to ensure reliability and accelerate innovation even in times of tremendous challenge.”


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