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Anritsu Company Introduces SmartStudio NR Software for More Efficient 5G Device Verification


Coupled with Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A, Software Simplifies Testing of User Equipment for 5G Services

Allen, TX – March 19, 2020 – Anritsu Company introduces its SmartStudio NR environment for interactive GUI-based functional 5G device testing. Serving as control software for the Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A, SmartStudio NR dramatically simplifies testing and reduces cost-of-test when verifying 5G commercial devices being developed for emerging applications.

With a built-in, state-machine-based GUI, SmartStudio NR control software simulates a 5G/LTE base station and core network. It uses the MT8000A 5G evaluation platform as a call box to simulate environments such as sub-6 GHz (FR1) RF cable connections and Over The Air (OTA) connections, mmWave (FR2) OTA connections in combination with unique compact shield box design, as well as changing cell parameters, DL/UL configuration, and protocol monitoring and logging (PHY/MAC/RLC/PDCP/L3).

SmartStudio NR emulates the network conditions and communication between a 5G network and mobile terminal to implement efficient functional, application, and software regression tests. Among the tests supported by SmartStudio NR are network connectivity and carrier aggregation; power consumption and temperature; IP throughput; messaging/IMS; and applications using an Internet-connected test server and real application server.

SmartStudio NR is specifically designed to mitigate the added complexities associated with 5G device design and the integration of 5G technology into markets beyond traditional cellular. Its intuitive user interface efficiently replicates a real-world network covering 4G/5G radio technologies. Its ease-of-use allows tests to be made by users not experienced in the complex scripting and communication protocols between the base station and mobile terminal.

By using the SmartStudio Manager external control tool, users can create and save operations of 5G device and SmartStudio NR as test cases to build automated test environments. This further simplifies device verification. IMS test scripts can also be created using an available SmartStudio NR interface.

Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A

The Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A is an all-in-one test platform for RF, protocol, and beam tests, as well as for beam-forming evaluations. Moreover, it covers the key frequency bands used by the first 5G services, such as the sub-6 GHz band (FR1) frequencies of 600 MHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz, and 4.5 GHz, and the mmWave band (FR2) frequencies of 28 GHz, 39 GHz, and higher. With an easy-to-use GUI and software for setting various test parameters, it helps easy and flexible configuration of an efficient and cost-effective test environment.

About Anritsu

Anritsu Company is the United States subsidiary of Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for 120 years. Anritsu’s “2020 VISION” philosophy engages customers as true partners to help develop wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital solutions for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance applications, as well as multidimensional service assurance solutions for network monitoring and optimization. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. The company develops advanced solutions for 5G, M2M, IoT, as well as other emerging and legacy wireline and wireless communication markets. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu has approximately 4,000 employees in over 90 countries.

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Anritsu Contact:
Kim Collins
Director, Americas Marketing
Agency Contact:
Patrick Brightman
3E Public Relations

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