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Anritsu Advantages in 5G Cellular

Anritsu 5G Advantages

Key 5G Commercialization Points

As the 5G standard is being set, development of 5G related products is fully underway. In comparison with 4G (LTE) communications, 5G not only covers conventional cellular communications but is also being examined for a wider range of target markets, including industrial equipment and automobiles. This section examines testing and measurement after comparing commercialization using 5G technology in cellular communications with the situation when 3G and 4G (LTE) were launched.

In today's cellular markets, products developed in conformance with the same communication interconnectivity standards by different operators can be used worldwide, and furthermore, standardization of communication specifications is continuing so as to assure designated performance. The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is continuing its work in development of standards from 3G to the current 5G, and is progressing with future specification standardization details.

  • Mobile industry works together to deliver complete 5G system standard on time
  • (3GPP Member Joint News Release-from Anritsu News Site)
    "3GPP TSG #80 Plenary Meeting has approved the completion of the standalone (SA) Release 15 5G specifications. After the release of the 5G NR specifications for non-standalone (NSA) operation in Dec. 2017, another essential step of standardization of 5G has been successfully completed."

Standards-based design is a key element in wireless communications. If the design does not follow the communications standards, not only will the non-standard equipment itself not function correctly, but in the worst case, other communications equipment may be adversely affected, resulting in lowered communications network performance overall. The advantages of standardization for both makers and vendors are that products following the standards are easier to sell and use, have cost advantages, and become easy to diffuse.

The importance and advantage of developing product designs following the standards is not just for communications equipment alone. The chipsets, peripheral circuits, parts, etc., in the communications equipment must all be designed in accordance with a diverse range of product standards, which yields other advantages. 3G/4G (LTE) development started with development of chipsets and peripheral circuits before progressing to development of the equipment in which they would be used. In addition, device development was simplified by modularization of the communications section, lowering the barrier for entry into development of communications equipment and facilitating mainstream commercialization of even more diverse equipment. Consequently, development and commercialization of key devices for 5G, such as chipsets, peripheral circuits, parts, etc., seems likely to follow the same path. In this process, the key point from the test and measurement viewpoints mentioned above is confirming that communication equipments, chipsets, peripheral circuits, and parts follow the standards.

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5G Test Technologies: Signalling and RF/Protocol Tests

Chipset development

As described above, communications terminals, such as smartphones, incorporate integrated circuits (ICs) with peripheral wireless communications functions described as a “chipset”, peripheral circuits such as filters, antennas, etc., and other parts. Thanks to the modular chipset, developers can design smartphones without needing to be overly conscious of fine details such as the exchange of command messages for connecting with base stations, RF signal control, etc. Moreover, the necessary performance can be implemented efficiently at smartphone design by using circuits and parts specifically for the target communications method. Conversely, chipset developers must test their designs to assure correct control of RF signals in accordance with complex message protocols. Developers of RF circuits and parts must test their designs to assure optimized RF signal processing for the target communications and to achieve the specified performance.

Taking chipset development as an example, it is possible to push forward with separate development of the message protocol and RF control sections. However, ultimately, both these sections must be combined in a single chipset, and correct wireless communications and control between the terminal and base station must be tested. When testing the latest communications, such as 5G, it performs the Interoperability Development Test (IoDT) at the pre-silicon stage to test connectivity with other infrastructure manufacturers, such as base stations. And also it requires a measuring instrument capable of simulating the messaging protocol in the laboratory such as a base station simulator because there are few extant commercial 5G base stations.

RF and protocol testing

Even design of peripheral circuits, parts, module chipsets, terminals, and communications equipment requires testing of the finished product combining all parts to assure that the specified performance is achieved. Though the function of the message protocol part standardized by 3GPP is implemented in the chipset, when carrier-specific application services are offered, sometimes it is necessary to add special non-3GPP protocol tests for carrier-specific terminals to confirm that the message protocols are following the requirements at the terminal application level.

When developing and using these 5G chipsets, peripheral circuits, and parts in 5G products for different markets, such as 5G smartphones, 5G communications modules, automotive, IoT, etc., it is critical to test operation and performance under communications control (Signalling check under call processing) with a base station simulator mimicking near-to-real operating conditions.

Consequently, analysis of message protocols and evaluation of RF performance requires a measuring instrument that can connect to, communicate with, and control the chipset correctly for both RF and message protocols.

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Anritsu Advantages in 5G

Anritsu Advantages in 5G

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Anritsu develops timely mobile communications measurement solutions helping customers quickly develop products meeting the latest communications standards. Right from the earliest 3G era using the W-CDMA world standard, Anritsu has been developing and offering base station simulators to world-leading chipset vendors, communications operators, terminal makers, and others as practical solutions for implementing RF and protocol tests. In addition, the company supports its customers with a wide product range covering various types of base station simulator required at each stage of chipset, terminal and application development, manufacturing, quality- assurance inspection, infrastructure installation and maintenance (I&M), etc., as well as testers for application development and production lines, RF/protocol conformance test systems, handheld testers for field I&M, and more. The company has leveraged its long experience in supporting customers worldwide with 3G/4G (LTE) deployments for proactive development of 5G measuring instruments offering timely measurement solutions to makers developing 5G products, starting with main (tier-1) chipset makers.

For both 5G and other developments, choosing the right external partner based on one's own company development resources is a key element in getting a product to market as soon as possible. When developing products, such as 5G, using the latest technologies, sometimes the resources to be procured outside the company are also under development. What is the most important element in the race against time when selecting a partner for a new product development? The key elements are selecting a partner with management experience in minimizing problems, keeping to the customer's planned schedule, procuring resources as and when necessary, comparing and investigating procurement sources, long-term experience and track record in 3G/4G (LTE), etc., development.

Choose a business partner with an established track record of success.

As described above, Anritsu develops customer measurement solutions for cellular terminals to facilitate fast and trouble-free product development, creating high added value through timely commercial release of state-of-the-art products. Additionally, as well supporting RF and protocol tests, Anritsu’s Test & Measurement Solutions also supports solutions required at later commercialization, and has established a good reputation in both ability to provide solutions and customer support. Anritsu inherits the both millimeter-wave and microwave technology used by 5G from Wiltron, an American manufacturer of measuring instruments that we acquired in 1990. Another strength of Anritsu’s global business is our company’s reliability as a trustworthy partner in assured on-time development and good-quality products.

Customers pioneering development of products for 5G markets using the latest technologies can rely on Anritsu test solutions.

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5G Measurement Solutions

5G Test Platform

Successful 5G Signalling and Strengthened 5G RF Measurement

Anritsu's Advantages

As part of the development of mobile communications systems through 3G and onwards to 4G, Anritsu has worked on evaluating customers' products in cooperation with vendors of chipsets and communications modules as well as terminal makers, helping accumulate know-how about various technologies, including signalling, protocol and RF measurement, and forming the basis of the company's product strengths.
Today, the culmination of these strengths in 5G chipset evaluation is Anritsu's Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A measurement solution(supported both sub-6GHz and millimeter-wave), which has been adopted by world-leading customers including 5G chipset vendors for chipset signalling/protocol evaluations as well as for evaluating RF performance in OTA(Over The Air) environment with chamber.

Customers using the MT8000A to develop commercial 5G products can now get ahead of the competition and shorten TTM.

MT8000A
Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A
RF Chamber MA8171A
RF Chamber MA8171A
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Anritsu Portfolio for 5G Markets

Anritsu has various 5G products and measurement solutions as well as the MT8000A.

Category Research Development Design Mass Production Construction Maintenance
Chipsets
Communication Module
Smartphones
Tablets
RF Evaluation  
Conformance Test
Antenna/Component Evaluation
Evaluating Material Properties
  Protocol/Message Evaluation Wireless Evaluation for MassProduction
Call Processing/RF Evaluation
Connected Cars
Consumer Electronics
Surveillance Cameras
Equipment Remote Control Sensors (vibration, temperature etc.)
Telemedicine
AR/VR
RF Evaluation  
Conformance Test
Antenna/Component Evaluation
Evaluating Material Properties
  Wireless Evaluation for MassProduction
Base Stations RF Evaluation  
Mobile Backhaul/Fronthaul   eCPRI/RoE Evaluation
Optical Line Evaluation
RF Evaluation
Photograph Name/Explanation
MT8000A
  • Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A
  • The MT8000A is for evaluating the RF TRx characteristics at development of 5G NR chipsets, communications modules, smartphones, and other radio equipment. It is also for researching new applications using 5G NR. It supports wavebands from sub-6GHz to mmWave used by 5G for mmWave TRP/EIRP measurements in combination with RF converters, OTA chamber, etc., as well as RF Protocol tests such as Beam Management tests.
Spectrum Analyzer/Signal Analyzer MS2690A
MS2850A
  • Spectrum Analyzer/Signal Analyzer MS2850A
  • Supports 5G NR (sub-6GHz, mmWave)
    The MS2850A supports evaluation of TRx characteristics at R&D of 5G NR chipsets, communications modules, smartphones, and other radio equipment. It is also for researching new applications and base stations using 5G NR.
    It includes a built-in vector signal analyzer using wideband FFT analysis covering a frequency range of 9 kHz to 32/44.5 GHz with a maximum analysis bandwidth of 1 GHz. The high-speed, large-capacity digitizer function coupled with optional modulation analysis function combine to offer a high-performance, multifunction, benchtop signal analyzer with excellent cost-performance ratio for both R&D and manufacturing applications.
    Signal data captured by the digitizer function can be analyzed using general-purpose signal-analysis tools optimized for R&D of 5G NR products.
  • Signal Analyzer with 1 GHz Analysis Bandwidth(5G Measurement Software)
Conformance Test
Photograph Name/Explanation
5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR
  • 5G NR Mobile Device Test Platform ME7834NR
  • The ME7834NR is for performing the Protocol Conformance Test (PCT) and Carrier Acceptance Test (CAT) of 5G NR chipsets, communications modules, smartphones and other radio equipment. It is used for development and quality assurance of 5G terminals and for test-house certification. It supports both 5G NR SA and NSA modes, and covers the 3GPP-specified 5G communications band from sub-6GHz to mmWave when used in combination with an OTA chamber and RF converter. Existing ME7834 systems can also be upgraded to the ME7834NR specifications to support both conventional LTE/LTE-A/LTE-A Pro/W-CDMA and 5G protocol tests.
Antenna/Component Evaluation
Photograph Name/Explanation
ShockLine series
  • ShockLine Series
  • Vector Network Analyzer especially for measuring passive components supporting extended frequency band used by 5G.
Evaluating Material Properties
Photograph Name/Explanation
ShockLine series
  • ShockLine Series
  • Vector Network Analyzer especially for measuring passive components supporting extended frequency band used by 5G.
Protocol/Message Evaluation
Photograph Name/Explanation
MT8000A
  • Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A
  • The MT8000A is for evaluating the RF TRx characteristics at development of 5G NR chipsets, communications modules, smartphones, and other radio equipment. It is also for researching new applications using 5G NR. It supports wavebands from sub-6GHz to mmWave used by 5G for mmWave TRP/EIRP measurements in combination with RF converters, OTA chamber, etc., as well as RF Protocol tests such as Beam Management tests.
Wireless Evaluation for Mass Production
Photograph Name/Explanation
MT8870A
  • Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A
  • Supports 5G NR sub-6GHz
    Tester for high volume manufacturing test of smartphone, IoT equipment and communication module supporting 5G NR sub-6GHz (Supported LTE, NB-IoT, Cat-M, V2X, WLAN and Bluetooth etc.)
Call Processing/RF Evaluation
Photograph Name/Explanation
MT8000A
  • Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A
  • The MT8000A is for evaluating the RF TRx characteristics at development of 5G NR chipsets, communications modules, smartphones, and other radio equipment. It is also for researching new applications using 5G NR. It supports wavebands from sub-6GHz to mmWave used by 5G for mmWave TRP/EIRP measurements in combination with converters, OTA chamber, etc., as well as RF Protocol tests such as Beam Management tests.
eCPRI/RoE Evaluation
Photograph Name/Explanation
MT1000A
  • Network Master Pro MT1000A
  • The all-in-one design supports 5G base-station interface eCPRI/RoE throughput and delay measurements as well as high-accuracy time synchronization tests.
  • Faster Low-Latency 5G Mobile Networks
  • ECPRI / RoE required for 5 G mobile network, high precision delay time measurement and time synchronization measurement
MP2110A
  • BERTWave™ MP2110A
  • The all-in-one MP2110A is designed for BER measurements and Eye pattern analysis of eCPRI/RoE optical modules used by 5G mobile networks. The sampling oscilloscope supports NRZ to 53-Gbaud PAM signals for Eye pattern analysis of bit rates covering CPRI to eCPRI/RoE.
Optical Line Evaluation
Photograph Name/Explanation
Access Master MT9085 Series
  • Access Master MT9085 Series
  • Compact, portable optical fiber tester with built-in OTDR and optical power and loss measurement functions for efficient I&M of optical fiber lines between 5G base stations, data centers, etc.
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