Analysis firmware can validate 5G base stations and components

February 06, 2018 // By Julien Happich
Paving the way for testing 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) signals, Rohde & Schwarz has announced what the company claims to be the test and measurement industry’s first firmware option for 5G New Radio (NR) downlink signal analysis.

The firmware option for the FSW signal and spectrum analyzer enables verification of signals for base stations, as well as component testing of 5G power amplifiers. As part of the early adopters program, Rohde & Schwarz can now provide the firmware option upon customer request before its official launch to support the industry in its efforts to bring new 5G products to market.

This is the first dedicated firmware option for 5G NR installed on the FSW signal and spectrum analyzer. It supports sub-6 GHz and mmWave signals with different subcarrier spacing and carrier bandwidths.

Developers can now begin testing according to the 3GPP standard, enabling them to validate 5G base stations in ways that cannot be achieved with general-purpose signal analysis software solutions on the market. The new 5G firmware option for the FSW supports analysis of all bandwidth parts to simplify demodulation of 5G NR signals with several different subcarrier spacings.

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