5G

Collaboration to deliver 5G release 16 technology

5th July 2021
Alex Lynn

Anritsu Corporation has announced that it has successfully verified a number of key 3GPP Release 16 features using its Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A in combination with Samsung Electronics’ System LSI Business latest 5G Exynos Modem.

5G NR Release 16 greatly expands the reach of 5G to realise new services, spectrum and deployments. It offers many enhancements to the fundamental aspects of the 5G system that further improve capacity, coverage, power efficiency, mobility, latency, reliability and more. Together these enhancements will enable benefits across a broad range of 5G use cases.

As part of a longstanding collaboration Samsung and Anritsu have together been focusing on integration and testing of multiple new Release 16 power saving features that can extend battery life, such as a new wakeup signal (WUS), enhanced cross-slot scheduling, UE Assistance Information and optimised UE radio capability signaling (RACS). In addition, Release 16 mobility enhancements such as Conditional Handover (CHO), Overheating Assistance Information, MDT (Minimisation of Drive Test) and SON (Self Organising Network) are now being integrated.

These latest collaboration results build upon other recent successes in 5G NR Release 16 feature testing, most notably FR1 + FR2 Dual Connectivity, demonstrating Anritsu’s commitment to the wider rollout of new 5G services in support of an expanding ecosystem by delivering market leading 5G test solutions for verifying compliance to the 3GPP mobile standard for 5G.

“Anritsu’s powerful test platform has once again helped prove the technology-leading capabilities of the Samsung’s 5G Exynos Modem,” said Jonghan Kim, Vice President of System LSI protocol development at Samsung Electronics. ”Our continued partnership with Anritsu will lead to early development and faster time to market (TTM) for our global 5G mobile device partners .”

On achieving this joint test result, Shinya Ajiro, General Manager of Test & Measurement Company, Anritsu Corporation said: “By offering our leading test solutions, Anritsu is happy to have collaborated with Samsung in development of its market-leading 5G products. We look forward to continuing our future partnership with Samsung in clearing the path for advanced 5G to contribute to building a happy and rich global culture through new wireless technology.”

The Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A is an all-in-one platform supporting RF and protocol testing, functional and application operation testing, beam characteristics testing and more. As well as supporting both NSA and SA-mode base-station simulation functions required for development of 5G chipsets and terminals, it also covers FR1 frequency bands, including 600MHz, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, and 6GHz unlicensed bands, as well as the FR2 24, 28, 39, and 43GHz mmWave bands, to support all the main bands used by 5G services.

Additionally, MT8000A supports the functions required for high-speed communications, such as 4x4 MIMO in FR1, 8CC and 256QAM in FR2 as well as supporting the latest 3GPP Release 16 features. Furthermore, the MT8000A provides a versatile and efficient test environment that is easily configured using a simple user interface and software to test device performance.

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