The 3GPP officially released a first draft of the 5G NR standard in December 2017. An important next step in the formation of a new 5G ecosystem calls for equipment and device manufacturers to test their implementations that conform to this standard with each other to achieve the goal of interoperability. Interoperability device testing (IODT) determines whether the base station and device can establish and maintain a robust communication link capable of achieving 5G performance in prescribed test conditions.
NI and Samsung have agreed to collaborate on IODT in which Samsung’s 5G NR-capable commercial base station connects with a test UE developed by NI at 28 GHz over the air and in real time. The NI test UE exchanges messages with the base station to establish a link and then validates the downlink functionality and performance as dictated by the 3GPP. The test UE uses the 28 GHz mmWave Transceiver System from NI with a compliant 5G NR Phase 1 protocol stack developed using LabVIEW system design software.
“As a leading telecommunications solution provider, Samsung has been pioneering 5G technology with early investment in R&D and by building a strong ecosystem,” said Wonil Roh, vice president and head of technology strategy group for Networks Business, Samsung Electronics. “NI is a key partner helping accelerate our development on NR-based 5G mmWave technology and systems.”
This collaboration will explore the 5G NR standard at maximum throughput levels utilizing the full available bandwidth and maximum number of component carriers (eight) in a full 2x2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) configuration.