NI and Samsung have collaborated to develop 5G test UEs for 5G New Radio (NR). The companies plan a demonstration showing Samsung’s 28 GHz base station communicating with an NI test UE at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona next week.
NI and Samsung have collaborated on IODT in which Samsung’s 5G NR-capable commercial base station connects with a test UE developed by NI at 28 GHz over the air and in real time.
The 3GPP officially released a first draft of the 5G NR standard in December 2017. This calls for equipment and device manufacturers to test their implementations that conform to this standard with each other to achieve the goal of interoperability.
Interoperability device testing (IODT) determines whether the base station and device can establish and maintain a robust communication link capable of achieving 5G performance in prescribed test conditions.
Thus, NI and Samsung have collaborated on IODT in which Samsung’s 5G NR-capable commercial base station connects with a test UE developed by NI at 28 GHz over the air and in real time.
The NI test UE exchanges messages with the base station to establish a link and then validates the downlink functionality and performance as dictated by the 3GPP.
The test UE uses NI’s 28 GHz mmWave Transceiver System with a compliant 5G NR Phase 1 protocol stack developed using LabVIEW system design software.
This collaboration will explore the 5G NR standard at maximum throughput levels utilizing the full available bandwidth and maximum number of component carriers (eight) in a full 2×2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) configuration.
“Researchers all over the world have used our mmWave technology to develop 5G candidate technologies,” said Eric Starkloff, executive vice president of global sales and marketing at NI. “With the knowledge gained from these engagements and our flexible platform, we were able to introduce 5G NR-capable technologies very quickly. We look forward to continuing to work with Samsung to validate 5G systems, test emerging 5G equipment and speed adoption and commercialization.”