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NI Announces Test UE Offering for 5G Lab and Field Trials

5G LabNatiomal Instruments (NI) announced a real-time 5G New Radio (NR) test UE offering. The NI Test UE offering features a fully 3GPP Release 15 non-standalone (NSA) compliant system capable of emulating the full operation of end-user devices or user equipment (UE).

With the 5G commercial rollout this year, engineers must validate the design and functionality of 5G NR infrastructure equipment before productization and release. Based on the rugged PXI Express platform, the NI Test UE offering helps customers test prototypes in the lab and in the field to evaluate them on service operators’ networks.

In addition, customers can perform Inter-Operability Device Testing (IoDT), which is a critical part of the commercialization process to ensure that network equipment works with UE from any vendor and vice versa. The offering can also be used to perform benchmark testing to evaluate the full capabilities of commercial and pre-commercial micro-cell, small-cell and macro-cell 5G NR gNodeB equipment.

Further, Spirent has worked with NI to add 5G NR support to its existing portfolio of products.

The NI Test UE offering provides a flexible system for evaluating 5G technology. Customers can use the SDR front ends to select the sub-6 GHz frequency of their choice. The system scales up to one 100 MHz bandwidth component carrier and can be configured for up to 4×2 MIMO to achieve a maximum throughput of 2.3 Gb/s.

The 5G NR Release 15 software includes complete protocol stack software that can connect with a 5G gNodeB while providing real-time diagnostic information. Customers can log diagnostic information to a disk for post-test analysis and debugging and can view it on the software front panel for real-time visualization of the link’s performance.

Find more information about the NI Test UE offering for 5G NR at Click here.

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