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Expanded LTE/Wireless LAN Measurement Solutions

2012/11/12

New Wideband Wireless System Evaluation with Signal Analyzer and Vector Signal Generator supporting LTE-Advanced/Wireless LAN IEEE802.11ac

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LTE-Advanced Measurement Solutions

  For MS269xA Signal Analyzer/MS2830A series

  •  MX269020A-001 LTE-Advanced FDD Downlink Measurement Software
  •  MX269908A-001 LTE-Advanced FDD Waveform Generation Software

  For MG3710A/MG3700A Vector Signal Generator

  •  MX370108A-001 LTE-Advanced FDD Waveform Generation Software

Wireless LAN IEEE802.11ac Measurement Solutions

  For MS269xA Signal Analyzer/MS2830A series

  •  MX269028A-001 WLAN 802.11ac (80 MHz) Measurement Software (MS2830A only)
  •  MX269028A-002 WLAN 802.11ac (160 MHz) Measurement Software (MS269xA only)
  •  MX269911A-001 WLAN 802.11ac (80 MHz) Waveform Generation Software

  For MG3710A/MG3700A Vector Signal Generator

  •  MX370111A-001 WLAN 802.11ac (80 MHz) Waveform Generation Software (MG3700A only)
  •  MX370111A-002 WLAN 802.11ac (160 MHz) Waveform Generation Software (MG3710A only)

 

Anritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hashimoto) today announced the rollout of its range of 8 new software packages (listed above) for the company's popular MS269xA/ MS2830A Signal Analyzer series and MG3710A/MG3700A Vector Signal Generator series, supporting next-generation LTE-Advanced*1 4G mobile phone systems as well as IEEE802.11ac*2 wireless LAN appliances.

 

[LTE-Advanced Measurement Solutions]

The MX269020A-001 software package is bundled with each of the MS269xA series and MS2830A main frames for evaluating the characteristics of LTE-Advanced FDD*3 signals from mobile phone base stations. It greatly simplifies modulation analysis of the multiple carrier waves comprising LTE-Advanced signals with a single measurement operation.

The MX269908A-001 and MX370108A-001 packages provide an easy-to-understand graphical interface (GUI) for generating LTE-Advanced signal waveform patterns using simple operation. Installing them in either the MS269xA series or MS2830A with optional vector signal generator hardware, or in the MG3710A/MG3700A outputs the test signals required for evaluating the Rx characteristics of LTE-Advanced mobile phone base stations.

As a result, one unit of the MS269xA/MS2830A series supports evaluation of LTE-Advanced FDD mobile base stations.

Furthermore, a key part of LTE-Advanced technology requires two signal generators to configure the carrier aggregation*4 signal between signal bands output simultaneously from two different frequency bands. Since the MG3710A supports up to two RF*5 signal output ports with an upper frequency limit of 6 GHz*6, this software can be used to output the carrier aggregation signal between bands using one main frame.

 

[IEEE802.11ac Wireless LAN Solutions]

The MX269028A-002/001 software package is bundled with each of the MS269xA/MS2830A main frames for evaluating the characteristics of signals sent from IEEE802.11ac wireless LAN appliances. The MS269xA series can measure signal bandwidths of up to 160-MHz*7 in the IEEE802.11ac signal bandwidth specifications; the MS2830A can measure signal bandwidths of up to 80 MHz.

The MX269911A-001 and MX370111A-002/001 software packages provide an easy-to-understand graphical interface (GUI) for generating IEEE802.11ac signal waveform patterns using simple operation. Installing them in either the MS269xA series or MS2830A with the optional vector signal generator hardware, or in the MG3710A/MG3700A, outputs the test signals required for evaluating the Rx characteristics of the above-described wireless LAN appliances. The MS269xA/MS2830A with installed vector signal generator option, and the MG3700A support output of IEEE802.11ac signals at bandwidths up to 80-MHz wide whereas the MG3710A outputs signals at bandwidths up to 160-MHz wide.

As a result, one unit of the MS269xA/MS2830A can be used to evaluate IEEE802.11ac band (80-MHz bandwidth) wireless LAN appliances.

Furthermore, a key part of IEEE802.11ac technology requires two signal generators supporting a 80 MHz + 80 MHz signal configuration for simultaneously outputting 80-MHz bandwidth signals discontinuously from two different frequency bands. Since the MG3710A supports up to two RF signal output ports with an upper frequency limit of 6 GHz, this software can be used to output the discontinuous 80 MHz + 80 MHz signal using one main frame.

Demand for broadband wireless communications systems like LTE and wireless LAN is growing as smartphones and tablets are used increasingly more for streaming distribution of large video files, etc., and broadband wireless is now a key interface for transferring large amounts of data at high speeds.

Combining Anritsu's measurement solutions like the MS269xA/MS2830A signal analyzers and the MG3700A/MG3710A vector signal generators with these software packages supporting new wireless communications standards will help makers and carriers bring large capacity, broadband communications services to market quickly and easily.

 

[Development Background]

The spread of smartphones and tablets has seen a rapid explosion in demand for data communications over mobile devices. In particular, cloud and video streaming services using large amounts of data have become key parts of the mobile world. As a result, in addition to the currently deployed LTE and IEEE802.11n wireless LAN standards, there is high demand for next-generation wireless systems using LTE-Advanced and IEEE802.11ac standards making more efficient use of frequency bands to achieve even faster speeds. This in turn is leading to rising demand for easy-to-use measuring instruments for easy evaluation of the characteristics of appliances and devices supporting these new standards.

Anritsu is a well-known provider of superior LTE and wireless LAN measurement solutions and today's rollout of three new software packages supporting LTE-Advanced tests plus five new packages supporting IEEE802.11ac tests greatly extends the application range and investment efficiency of the company's popular MS269xA/MS2830A signal analyzers and MG3710A/MG3700A vector signal generators.

[Product Outline]

LTE-Advanced Measurement Solutions

■ For MS269xA/MS2830A Signal Analyzer Series

   ● MX269020A LTE Downlink Measurement Software

MX269020A-001 LTE-Advanced FDD Downlink Measurement Software

The MX269020A-001 is software for Anritsu's series of MS269xA and MS2830A signal analyzers. It supports analysis of the PHY channels and reference signals defined by 3GPP Release 10. Installing both the previously released MX269020A LTE Downlink Measurement Software and today's released MX269020A-001 in the MS269xA/MS2830A signal analyzers supports the modulation accuracy measurements, such as EVM*8, frequency error, etc., required to evaluate the Tx characteristics of mobile-phone base stations supporting the LTE-Advanced FDD standard. Moreover, using the 125-MHz analysis bandwidth hardware option with the MS269xA/MS2830A enables presetting of the carrier aggregation signal featured by LTE-Advanced to measure up to three frequency bands (one band with MS2830A) and a total of five carrier components in one simple operation.

   ● MX269908A LTE IQproducer Waveform Generation Software Option

MX269908A-001 LTE-Advanced FDD Option

The MX269908A-001 is waveform generation software for Anritsu's series of MS269xA and MS2830A signal analyzers in which the vector signal generator hardware option has been installed. Using the Easy setup function of the previously released MX269908A LTE IQproducer Waveform Generation Software option makes it easy to generate LTE-Advanced FDD signal waveform patterns. Installing both the MX269908A and MX269908A-001 packages in the MS269xA/MS2830A signal analyzers with the vector signal generator option installed outputs the test signals needed to evaluate the Rx characteristics of LTE-Advanced FDD base stations.

Combining the MX269020A-001 and MX269908A-001 supports evaluation of both the Tx and Rx characteristics of LTE-Advanced base stations using a single MS269xA or MS2830A main frame with the vector signal option installed.

■ For MG3710A/MG3700A Vector Signal Generator

   ● MX370108A LTE IQproducer Waveform Generation Software Option

MX370108A-001 LTE-Advanced FDD Option

The MX370108A-001 is waveform generation software for the MG3710A/MG3700A. It is an option for the previously released MX370108A LTE IQproducer Waveform Generation Software. LTE-Advanced FDD signal waveform patterns are generated easily using the Easy setup function. Installing both the MX370108A and MX370108A-001 in the MG3710A/MG3700A outputs the test signals required to evaluate the Rx characteristics of LTE-Advanced FDD base stations.

Using the MX370108A-001 in an MG3710A in which two RF output ports with an upper limit of 6 GHz have been installed supports output of carrier aggregation signals between signal bands output simultaneously from two different frequency bands, which is a key feature of LTE-Advanced, using one MG3710A.

Wireless LAN IEEE802.11ac Measurement Solutions

■ For MS269xA/MS2830A Signal Analyzer Series

   ● MX269028A WLAN (802.11) Measurement Software Option

MX269028A-001 802.11ac (80 MHz) Measurement Software (only MS2830A)

The MX269028A-001 is software for the MS2830A only. Installing both the previously released MX269028A WLAN (802.11) Measurement Software option and the MX269028A-001 in the MS2830A supports modulation accuracy measurements, such as EVM, frequency error, etc., required to evaluate the Tx characteristics of IEEE802.11ac wireless LAN appliances. In addition, combining the MX269028A-001 with an MS2830A in which the MS2830A-078 125-MHz Analysis Bandwidth Extension hardware option has been installed supports signal measurements up to bandwidths of 80 MHz as recommended by IEEE802.11ac.

   ● MX269028A WLAN (802.11) Measurement Software Option

MX269028A-002 802.11ac (160 MHz) Measurement Software (only MS269xA)

The MX269028A-002 is software for the MS269xA only. Installing both the previously released MX269028A WLAN (802.11) Measurement Software option and the MX269028A-002 in the MS269xA series supports modulation accuracy measurements, such as EVM, frequency error, etc., required to evaluate the Tx characteristics of IEEE802.11ac wireless LAN appliances. In addition, combining the MX269028A-002 with a MS269xA in which the MS260xA-078 125-MHz Analysis Bandwidth Extension hardware option has been installed supports signal measurements up to bandwidths of 160 MHz recommended by IEEE802.11ac.

   ● MX269911A WLAN IQproducer Waveform Generation Software Option

MX269911A-001 802.11ac (80 MHz) Option (for MS269xA/MS2830A)

The MX269911A-001 is waveform generation software for the vector signal generator hardware option installed in the MS269xA and MS2830A series of signal analyzers. It is an option for the previously released MX269911A WLAN IQproducer Waveform Generation Software option. Using the Easy setup function supports simple generation of IEEE802.11ac signal waveform patterns. Installing it in the MS269xA/MS2830A in which both the MX269911A software and vector signal generator hardware options have been installed outputs the test signals required by IEEE802.11ac for evaluating the Rx signal characteristics of wireless LAN appliances supporting bandwidths up to 80 MHz.

Combining both the MX269028A-002/001 and MX269911A-001 in the MS269xA/MS2830A with the vector signal generator option installed supports evaluation of both the Tx and Rx characteristics of IEEE802.11ac (80 MHz bandwidth max.) wireless LAN appliances.

■ For MG3710A/MG3700A Vector Signal Generator

   ● MX370111A WLAN IQproducer Waveform Generation Software Option

MX370111A-001 802.11ac (80 MHz) Option (for MG3700A)

The MX370111A-001 is waveform generation software for the MG3700A. It is an option for the previously released MX370111A WLAN IQproducer Waveform Generation Software option. Using the Easy setup function supports simple generation of IEEE802.11ac signal waveform patterns. Installing both the MX370111A and MX370111A-001 in the MG3700A outputs the test signals required by IEEE802.11ac to evaluate the Rx characteristics of wireless LAN appliances supporting bandwidths up to 80 MHz.

   ● MX370111A WLAN IQproducer Waveform Generation Software Option

MX370111A-002 802.11ac (160 MHz) Option (for MG3710A)

The MX370111A-002 is waveform generation software for the MG3710A. It is an option for the previously released MX370111A WLAN IQproducer Waveform Generation Software option. Using the Easy setup function supports simple generation of IEEE802.11ac signal waveform patterns. Installing both the MX370111A and MX370111A-002 in the MG3710A outputs the test signals required by IEEE802.11ac to evaluate the Rx characteristics of wireless LAN appliances supporting bandwidths up to 160 MHz.

Using the MX370111A-001 in an MG3710A in which two RF output ports with an upper limit of 6 GHz have been installed, supports the 80 MHz + 80 MHz signal configuration for simultaneously outputting 80-MHz bandwidth signals discontinuously from two different frequency bands, which is a key technology of IEEE802.11ac, from one MG3710A.

MS269xA Signal Analyzer Series

The MS269xA series of signal analyzers covers a frequency range from 50 Hz to 6 GHz, offering excellent general level and frequency accuracy supporting wideband analysis. Standard functions include vector signal analysis using wideband FFT*9 as well as a digitize function for capturing and saving signal waveforms as digital data. The MS269xA is the ideal test solution for wireless system R&D, and testing devices and base stations requiring high performance. Any of three models supporting different upper frequencies (MS2690A (6 GHz), MS2691A (13.5 GHz), MS2692A (26.5 GHz)) can be chosen to match the test application. Installing a hardware vector signal generator option (6 GHz upper frequency 120-MHz RF modulation bandwidth) supports both Tx and Rx evaluation tests with one MS269xA main frame.
MS2830A Signal Analyzer

The MS2830A is a low-cost signal analyzer offering high measurement speeds and high accuracy. It is an all-in-one design for performing TRx tests using a basic spectrum analyzer model and can be configured easily according to the application. There are five models in the range with different upper frequencies (MS2830A-040: 3.6 GHz; MS2830A-041: 6 GHz; MS2830A-043: 13.5 GHz; MS2830A-044: 26.5 GHz; MS2830A-045; 43 GHz), which can be selected according to the application. The MS2830A-040/041/043 options support a built-in vector signal generator hardware option (6 GHz upper frequency, 120-MHz RF modulation bandwidth) for evaluating TRx characteristics with a single unit. The MS2830A-044/045 options can be combined with an external mixer to support measurements up to 110 GHz and are ideal for use as next-generation wireless R&D measurement systems.
MG3710A Vector Signal Generator

The MG3710A is a vector signal generator for outputting the RF signals required to evaluate TRx characteristics of various systems such as mobile phones (LTE, W-CDMA, GSM, CDMA2000, etc.) operating in the frequency ranges of 100 kHz to 2.7 GHz, 100 kHz to 4 GHz, 100 kHz to 6 GHz, and wireless LAN, digital broadcasting, and narrowband communications systems. It has a built-in 160-MHz RF modulation baseband generator. It outputs digital modulation signals for various communications technologies simply by selecting waveform pattern files. Furthermore, it has two waveform memories at the RF signal output port and two signals such as the required waveform*10 and interference waveform*11/AWGN*12 can be output simultaneously from one port. Additionally, up to two sets of RF signal ports supporting upper frequencies up to 6 GHz can be installed in the MG3710A, making it possible to output RF signals for up to four test types. The MG3710A is an ideal signal source for testing using multiple signals.
MG3700A Vector Signal Generator

The MG3700A is a vector signal generator for outputting the RF signals required to evaluate the TRx characteristics of various communications systems, such as LTE, W-CDMA, GSM, CDMA2000, wireless LAN, Bluetooth, digital broadcasting, etc.). It has a built-in 120-MHz RF modulation baseband generator and outputs digital modulation signals for various communications technologies simply by selecting waveform pattern files. Additionally, the two built-in waveform memories can be used to output two signals such as the required waveform and interference waveform/AWGN signals simultaneously from one port.

[Target Markets and Applications]

LTE-Advanced Measurement Solutions

■ Target Markets: Mobile phone base station makers, installation and maintenance companies

■ Applications: Development, inspection, quality assurance, manufacturing, installation and service of LTE-Advanced mobile-phone base stations

IEEE802.11ac Measurement Solutions

■ Target markets: Makers of wireless LAN appliances and modules, makers of RF devices for wireless LAN appliances

■ Applications: Development, inspection, and quality assurance of IEEE802.11ac wireless LAN products, modules and RF devices

 

[Glossary]

*1 LTE-Advanced

Fourth generation (4G) mobile communications standard approved by ITU as higher-speed extension of current LTE (Long Term Evolution) standard currently under deployment worldwide supporting maximum data speeds of 1 Gbps when stationary or moving slowly, and 100 Mbps when moving at high speeds.

*2 IEEE802.11

International standard for wireless LAN formulated by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with different communications speeds according to frequency band and application and composed of multiple specifications. IEEE802.11ac standardizes new wireless LAN specifications with high-speed communications in excess of 1 Gbps. 

*3 FDD: Frequency Division Duplex

One method for achieving simultaneous transmission and reception using wireless communications. The communications path is divided into frequency bands for transmitting and receiving simultaneously. 

*4 Carrier aggregation

Wireless communications systems transfer more data at faster speeds as the bandwidth becomes larger. Carrier aggregation is a technology for extending the band by superimposing multiple carrier waves. If a carrier has two 20-MHz and 10-MHz wide bands, this technology can be used to achieve a single 30-MHz wide band with higher peak and average speeds. 

*5 RF: Radio Frequency

Part of electromagnetic spectrum used for sending radio communications. 

*6 GHz (gigahertz)

Unit of frequency meaning oscillation at 1 billion cycles per second. 

*7 MHz (megahertz)

Unit of frequency meaning oscillation at 1 million cycles per second. 

*8 EVM: Error Vector Magnitude

Index of digitally modulated signal quality. Value found using drift from ideal modulation  signal. 

*9 FFT: Fast Fourier Transform

Mathematical transformation for extracting frequency components included in signal.

Used for various analyses including spectrum/frequency/power/phase variations over time to analyze all aspects of signal. Very useful for analyzing transient phenomena that cannot be analyzed using conventional sweep-type spectrum analyzers. 

*10 Required Waveform

Signal in measured channel at Rx tests. 

*11 Interference Waveform

Signals other than signals in measured channel causing interference at Rx tests. 

*12 AWGN: Additive White Gaussian Noise

White noise added to communications to simulate interference.

About Anritsu

Anritsu Corporation (www.anritsu.com) has been a provider of innovative communications solutions for more than 110 years. The company's test and measurement solutions include wireless, optical, microwave/RF and digital instruments, operations support systems and solutions that can be used during R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed devices for design into communication products and systems. With the addition of OSS monitoring solutions it has expanded its offering to provide complete solutions for existing and next-generation wireline and wireless communication systems and service providers. Anritsu sells in over 90 countries worldwide with approximately 4,000 employees.

 

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