Keysight Technologies has declared to maintain its support for the leading number of 5G new radio (NR) radio frequency (RF) and protocol conformance test cases mandated by the Global Certification Forum (GCF).
Keysight’s support of GCF mandated conformance test cases, through the company’s 5G network emulation platform solutions, enables one hundred and eight vendors to validate 5G devices across twenty different form factors.
“Early access to 5G RF demodulation test cases speeds validation of the baseband chip within a 5G device, enabling the delivery of always-on connected experiences,” said Muthu Kumaran, senior director of Keysight’s wireless test group. “By supporting a leading number of GCF-validated test cases, 5G device vendors can quickly ramp upmarket introduction of new 5G products across any 3GPP-specified frequency band, in both non-standalone (NSA) and standalone (SA) mode.”
At the most recent Conformance Agreement Group (CAG) meeting, organized by GCF from 26 to 29 of January, it was also confirmed that Keysight’s 5G device test platforms enabled the certification organization to validate the industry’s first 5G RF demodulation test cases.
Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions offer the industry’s most comprehensive support for 5G RF and protocol test cases validated by either GCF or PTCRB, a certification forum led by representatives from leading U.S. mobile operators.
RF demodulation testing is critical to the performance verification of a 5G device at the baseband level. Compliance with the latest GCF-specified RF demodulation test cases ensures any improvements in connectivity, reliability and bandwidth introduced by 3GPP are correctly implemented by the 5G device vendor.
Keysight has maintained continuous support for a leading number of GCF-validated test cases specific to FR2 since July of 2019.
Keysight’s 5G device test solutions for FR2, which leverage the company’s UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform and 5G over-the-air (OTA) compact antenna test (CATR) range chambers, enabled GCF to activate certification of 5G FR2 devices in October 2020.
These solutions also enabled PTCRB to validate multicarrier 5G NR test cases in NSA mode for FR2 at the PTCRB validation group (PVG) meeting in November 2020.