Extended MD8475A Signalling Tester Functions
Supporting HSPA Evolution/DC-HSDPA Smartphone/Mobile Terminal Verification Tests
Anritsu Corporation (President Hirokazu Hashimoto) today announced the February 15 roll out of the company's MD8475A-011 HSPA Evolution Signalling Unit, and MX847510A-011 and MX847570A-011 HSPA Evolution/DC-HSDPA software options, extending the functions of Anritsu's MD8475A Signalling Tester to support verification tests of HSPA Evolution*1 and DC-HSDPA*2 smartphones and mobile terminals.
The MD8475A combines a versatile line-up of hardware and software combinations in an all-in-one, easy-to-operate unit to simulate base stations for the world's key mobile technologies.
Today's announced MD8475A-011 and MX847510A-011 options enable the MD8475A to simulate both HSPA Evolution and DC-HSDPA base-station operations for configuring a connection verification testing environment. The MX847570A-011 option controls the MD8475A GUI*3 interface, making it easy to set the HSPA Evolution/DC-HSDPA smartphone and mobile terminal test conditions.
Installing the MD8475A-011, MX847510A-011, and MX847570A-011 options in the MD8475A supports cost-effective function and service verification tests of HSPA Evolution/DC-HSDPA smartphones and mobile terminals.
Furthermore, HSPA Evolution and DC-HSDPA smartphones and mobile terminals are multimode systems able to communicate within and between 3G and 2G base station service areas, such as W-CDMA*4, HSPA, and GSM*5. Since the versatile MD8475A supports each of these mobile technologies, just one cost-effective unit is all that is needed to simulate base stations supporting HSPA Evolution/DC-HSDPA smartphones and mobile terminals.
The MD8475A is the ideal solution for communications carriers and handset manufacturers worldwide needing to test and verify their LTE smartphones and mobile terminals.
With this roll out, the MD8475A becomes the market leader in test support for mobile broadband services, such as HSPA Evolution/DC-HSDPA for high-speed LTE*6 now being rolled out worldwide.
Anritsu is demonstrating the full line of MD8475A options at the Mobile World Congress 2012 exhibition to be held in Barcelona, Spain, from February 27, 2012.
HSPA Evolution and DC-HSDPA high-speed mobile communications systems offer maximum speeds of 21 Mbps*7 and 42 Mbps, respectively. Major carriers in Europe and North America have already started service roll out and this is expected to continue worldwide in parallel with LTE service roll out.
During the development phase, engineers must simulate networks using base-station simulators to evaluate communication functions. Consequently, base-station simulators are required to develop HSPA Evolution and DC-HSDPA technologies supporting multimode communications with existing systems in both 2G and 3G cells.
With today's option roll out, Anritsu has extended the functions of its all-in-one MD8475A Signalling Tester supporting each HSPA Evolution/DC-HSDPA mobile communications technology, including LTE, W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000*8, TD-SCDMA*9, GSM, etc., for function and verification testing of multimode HSPA Evolution/DC-HSDPA smartphones and mobile terminals.
The MD8475A-011 HSPA Evolution Signalling Unit, and MX847510A-011 and MX847570A-011 HSPA Evolution/DC-HSDPA software packages are options extending the functions of Anritsu's MD8475A Signalling Tester. Installing the MD8475A-011, MX847510A-011, and MX847570A-011 options in the MD8475A simulates the operation of HSPA Evolution/ DC-HSDPA base stations to support cost-effective function and service verification tests of multimode HSPA Evolution/DC-HSDPA smartphones and mobile terminals, as well as W-CDMA/HSPA, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, and GSM systems.
[MD8475A Signalling Tester]
The MD8475A combines a versatile line-up of hardware and software in an all-in-one, easy-to-operate signalling tester for simulating base stations supporting the world's key mobile technologies. Its versatile, easily customized configuration offers a cost-effective measurement solution incorporating an easy-to-use GUI that eliminates the need to program complex sequences*10. The built-in Windows 7 OS cuts both benchtop space requirements and peripheral costs by eliminating the need for an external PC controller.
*Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the USA and other countries.
[Target Markets and Applications]
■ Target Markets: Smartphone and mobile-terminal makers, chipset makers and communications carriers
■ Applications: Evaluation of multimode HSPA Evolution smartphones, mobile terminals and chipsets, as well as carrier acceptance tests
*1 HSPA Evolution: High Speed Packet Access Evolution
Extended standard for 3.5G HSPA mobile phone systems
HSPA is the abbreviation for the HSDPA high-speed standard in the downlink direction (from base station to terminal) and the HSUPA high-speed standard in the uplink direction (from the terminal to base station).
HSPA Evolution is faster than HSPA with maximum downlink speeds of 21 Mbps and uplink speeds of 11 Mbps.
*2 DC-HSDPA: Dual Cell High Speed Downlink Packet Access
High-speed HSPA Evolution mobile technology offering two times faster downlink speeds of 42 Mbps than HSPA
*3 GUI: Graphical User Interface
Easy-to-use graphical interface offering simplified basic operations with mouse, etc.
*4 W-CDMA: Wide Band Code Division Multiple Access
3G Mobile communications system used in Japan and Europe
*5 GSM: Global System for Mobile Communications
2G Mobile communications system used commonly worldwide
*6 LTE: Long Term Evolution
High-speed mobile communications system offering downlink speeds (from base station to terminal) of better than 100 Mbps and uplink speeds (from terminal to base station) of better than 50 Mbps
*7 Mbps: Mega bits per second
Unit of communications speed; 1 Mbps means transfer of 1 million bits per second
*8 CDMA2000: Code Division Multiple Access 2000
3G Mobile communications system used commonly in North America and Asia
*9 TD-SCDMA: Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access
3G Mobile communications system used in China
*10 Sequence Program
C program defining operations and communications conditions at layer 3 (data transmission processing) of base station operations