Industry’s first design and test solution for 3GPP LTE-Advanced

10 January 2011

Agilent Technologies has released the industry’s first commercially available 4G system design library for 3GPP Release 10; the W1918 LTE-Advanced library.

The new system design library is available as an option to Agilent’s SystemVue 2011.03 release software. Wireless system architects and chipset makers working to provide the 4G network 1-Gbps peak download speed can now use Agilent’s W1918 LTE-Advanced library for earlier verification of physical layer (PHY) algorithms and system performance.

An explosion in smart phones is driving wireless operators to accelerate deployment of 3GPP Release 8 (LTE or 3.9G) networks in order to deliver an order of magnitude increase in peak user capacity, and the improved user experience it promises.

4G networks such as LTE-Advanced promise to provide this capacity improvement, but they require a higher level of sophistication to deliver the necessary performance improvement.

Agilent’s new W1918 LTE-Advanced baseband verification library helps system architects, baseband algorithm developers and component manufacturers deliver on this performance by providing:
• Superior intellectual property access to earlier working models of the evolving 4G standard
• Outstanding RF and MIMO channel modeling fidelity
• Integration between multi-language PHY modeling and wideband test equipment
• Greater RF and baseband design-flow integration

“Agilent is fully committed to providing engineers with the resources they need to create the next generation of mobile communication devices based on LTE-Advanced,” said Ron Nersesian, President of Agilent’s Electronic Measurement Group. “Our delivery of the LTE-Advanced library, almost concurrently with the new standard itself, is a prime example of that leadership. As the LTE-Advanced standard evolves, and infrastructure is deployed, we will continue to honour that commitment by working to keep our customers at the forefront of this technology.”

Key features of the new W1918 LTE-Advanced library include:
• Support for new Rel10 features such as contiguous and non-contiguous carrier aggregation (CA) and downlink /uplink enhancements
• Support for closed-loop coded throughput simulations with up to 8x8 MIMO with fading and active HARQ feedback
• Simulation-based support for proposed MIMO over-the-air testing with standards-based fading, through optional W1715 MIMO Channel library
• Overlay support for 3GPP Release 8
• Integration with Agilent’s signal generator/signal analyser families, enabling early R&D validation of algorithms and hardware

The W1918 LTE-Advanced library is available as an option to Agilent’s SystemVue 2011.03 release. Both simulation and measurement integration with Agilent instruments will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, next month. Initial availability of the library is expected in March 2011.

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