Test capability of 3GPP 5G New Radio demonstrated by Rohde & Schwarz using Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem

19 February 2019

For signalling tests, the 5G NR signaling tester R&S CMX500 is combined with the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester

Rohde & Schwarz & Qualcomm have successfully validated 5G NR cellular sub 6 GHz signalling tests, bringing the commercial roll-out of 5G NR one step closer.

The end-to-end tests were done using the new R&S CMX500 radio communication tester, debuting at MWC Barcelona 2019. With this new test platform, Rohde & Schwarz is completing its portfolio for standard compliant device tests for 5G NR.

Rohde & Schwarz, a supplier of test and measurement solutions to the wireless industry, has announced the successful verification of an end-to-end data transfer between the R&S CMX500 radio communication tester and smartphone form factor test device, powered by the Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules, with integrated RF transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements. The test device was verified under signalling conditions compliant to 3GPP Standard (Release15) in Non-Stand Alone (NSA) mode. This effort between Rohde & Schwarz and Qualcomm Technologies paves the way to get 5G New Radio technology ready for commercialisation.

Ready for 5G
Rohde & Schwarz has been supplying reliable and futureproof test and measurement solutions to the wireless industry since the development of the GSM system simulator, all the way to current cellular communications technologies, such as LTE-Advanced Pro. For the fast emerging 5G standard, Rohde & Schwarz has rounded out its portfolio: For signalling tests, the 5G NR signalling tester, R&S CMX500 is combined with the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester. In addition to protocol testing during the R&D phase, the solution can also be used for calibration and non-signalling tests, and also supports the test of the related LTE-A features, such as 5CC and 4x4 MIMO.

For non-signalling tests, the R&S CMW100 communication tester covers testing in development, evaluation, verification, calibration and manufacturing for 5G NR FR1. Rohde & Schwarz has developed the R&S CMP200 radio communication tester for verification and calibration of 5G NR FR2 in the mmWave range. This non-signalling one-box tester addresses efficient high-volume RF parametric testing in R&D and manufacturing. These up-to-date solutions enables customers to fulfill their 5G requirements in the chipset, smartphones, tablets industry for reliable, efficient and scalable testing.

Rohde & Schwarz is showcasing its comprehensive portfolio for 5G NR device test at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 25 to 28, 2019 in hall 6. For further information on the trade show presence, go to: www.rohde-schwarz.com/mwc

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