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World’s First LTE-Advanced Mobile Call Processing Tests with All-in-One Wireless Tester

2013/4/24
Anritsu Launch New LTE-Advanced Measurement Software for MT8820C

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Anritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hashimoto) announced the March 15 rollout of its new MX882012C-021 LTE-Advanced FDD DL CA Measurement Software for its popular MT8820C Radio Communication Analyzer supporting the world’s first all-in-one measurement tester*1 solution for LTE-Advanced*2 call-processing tests*3.

The MT8820C integrates the signal generator, signal analysis and base station simulation functions required for R&D and manufacturing of mobile appliances in a compact all-in-one platform.

Installing the released MX882012C-021 software in the MT8820C with LTE measurement functions supports call-processing tests (communications with simulated base station) of LTE-Advanced smartphone, tablet, and data card*4 Rx performance.

LTE-Advanced is the next generation mobile communications system offering mobile subscribers faster data speeds than LTE. Commercial deployment is planned in 2013 in the USA and Korea and terminal makers urgently require test equipment supporting LTE-Advanced call-processing tests to assure call quality between test handsets and base stations as they ramp-up production of LTE-Advanced terminals and data cards, etc.

Anritsu has announced this world-first LTE-Advanced support for its popular MT8820C tester to help bring LTE-Advanced services to market as soon as possible.

[Development Background]

Increasing use of smartphones and tablets supporting cloud services and high-definition video is driving rapid increases in mobile data traffic, causing mobile network problems with how to support faster and larger-capacity data transfers.

The LTE-Advanced international standard offering faster speeds than LTE has been promoted to help solve such problems and some American and Korean carriers are planning the first commercial deployments within 2013. In line with these developments, R&D into LTE-advanced smartphones, tablets and data cards is proceeding rapidly towards commercial launch and both developers and manufacturers urgently need an all-in-one tester supporting validation of communications quality with base stations.

Anritsu launched its popular MT8820C Radio Communication Analyzer measurement solution supporting EMS businesses and mobile LTE terminal R&D and manufacturing by makers worldwide.

Today's release now adds support for LTE-Advanced to this popular measurement solution as the world's first all-in-one tester supporting Rx performance evaluations at calling for LTE-Advanced smartphones, tablets and data cards.

[Product Outline]

The MX882012C-021 LTE-Advanced FDD DL CA Measurement Software is an option for the MT8820C Radio Communication Analyzer offering an all-in-one test platform for development and manufacturing of mobile communications terminals.

Installing it in the MT8820C for LTE measurements supports RF*5 tests using carrier aggregation*6. It is used to evaluate the receive performance of LTE-Advanced smartphones, tablets and terminals while calling.

[Product Features]

■ Multimode LTE-Advanced Terminal Tests

LTE-Advanced has been developed as a multimode system supporting existing mobile networks including LTE, W-CDMA, CDM2000, GSM, TD-SCDMA, etc. The all-in-one MT8820C supports all these mobile standards with call-processing tests of multimode LTE-Advanced smartphones, tablets and data cards.

■ Extends Tester Asset Value

Installing the new MX882012C-021 measurement software in current MT8820C hardware extends the asset value of the MT8820C by adding future-proof support for LTE-Advanced test jigs and test environments at low cost.

■ 2x2 MIMO RF Throughput Tests Up to 300 Mbps

In addition to supporting the carrier aggregation function, LTE-Advanced supports maximum throughput*7 of up to 300 Mbps using 2x2 MIMO*8 technology. Configuring a test platform composed of two MT8820C testers with LTE-Advanced measurement supports tests of LTE-Advanced smartphones, tablets and data cards with maximum RF throughputs up to 300 Mbps using 2x2 MIMO.

[Target Markets and Applications]

■ Target Markets: Makers of smartphones, tablets and terminals

■ Applications: Development of LTE-Advanced smartphones, tablets and terminals

[Terminology]

*1  All-in-One Wireless Tester

Wireless tester with multiple functions built into one cabinet; the MT8820C contains built-in signal generation, signal analysis and base-station simulation functions

*2  LTE-Advanced: Long Term Evolution-Advanced

Communications technology offering faster speeds than LTE (Long Term Evolution) of up to 1 Gbps when stationary or moving slowly and 100 Mbps when moving fast.

*3  Call-Processing Tests

Test for evaluating send and receive characteristics when mobile terminal communicating with base station. This test uses a signal generator, signal analyzer and base station simulator.

*4  Data Card

Card with communication functions for web-page browsing and sending and receiving email using mobile telephone networks.

*5  RF: Radio Frequency

High-frequency radio waves used by wireless communications systems.

*6  Carrier Aggregation

Technology for creating large frequency bandwidth (covering wide range of frequencies) by combining multiple allocated frequencies. In wireless communications systems, more data can be sent faster with wider bandwidths. As an example, a carrier with two separate bands of 20-MHz and 10-MHz width can use this technology to achieve the same data rate as when using a single 30-MHz wide band to improve the average peak speed for subscribers.

*7  Throughput

Amount of data transferred per unit time. In the mobile field, this indicates the transfer speed of actual data between the base station and mobile terminal.

*8  2x2 MIMO: 2x2 Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output

MIMO is a wireless technology for sending and receiving data over the same frequency axis using multiple send and receive antennas. 2x2 MIMO uses two antennas each for sending and receiving. MIMO not only increases communications speeds but also stabilizes sending and receiving in a radio environment with many obstructions to radio waves and is a key LTE-Advanced technology.

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.

 

For further information please contact:

actw.marketing@anritsu.com

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