Test System To Speed Validation Of 5G Smartphones & IoT Devices

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NI and Spirent Communications have collaborated on a test solution as a step forward to accelerate the commercialization of 5G NR technology.

As the world starts to roll out 5G technology in a commercial sense, National Instruments and Spirent have collaborated to develop a solution that can accelerate the validation of 5G NR smartphones and Internet of things (IoT) devices.

The collaboration is expected to allow 5G chipset and device manufacturers to validate the performance of 5G NR smartphones and IoT devices in the lab without requiring access to expensive and complex 5G base stations.


According to the announcement, the partnership will utilize NI’s flexible software defined radio (SDR) and LabView platform, and Spirent’s 5G NR test scenarios for mobile location, video, data, audio, and calling performance.

The companies noted that the new test solution will include support for both sub-6 GHz and millimeter-wave radio bands, and will also feature up to 2 GHz of bandwidth.

“Building on the strength of NI’s early success in 5G research and prototyping, combined with the modularity of its platform, accelerates initial interoperability and means our customers can feel confident that the platform can adapt to the evolving standards,” said Rob VanBrunt, general manager of Spirent’s Connected Devices business unit. “5G test engineers already recognize NI’s off-the-shelf platform as the industry’s most flexible and powerful hardware available. Integrating their advanced signal processing capabilities into our 8100 platform enables an attractive upgrade path for our existing customers.”

“The marriage of our high-performance platform and Spirent’s best-in-class test methodology for measuring the mobile user experience is exciting for the industry,” said James Kimery, director of wireless research at NI. “Being able to assess the accuracy of cellular location in 5G environments and measuring the performance of video and data delivery are critical needs as 5G devices come on line starting in 2019.”

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