5G/6G

Rohde & Schwarz announces test solutions for 5G NR Release 17

3rd August 2022
Sheryl Miles

Rohde & Schwarz is implementing a full range of 5G NR (New Radio) Release 17 features in its signal generation and analysis test solutions.

Software options for the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator and R&S FSW signal analysers have been upgraded to fulfil the exacting requirements of this latest 5G specification.

The R&S FSVA3000 signal and spectrum analyser and R&S SMM100A vector signal generator also handle 5G NR Release 17.

Some key features for Release 17 include ultra-reliable low latency communications (URLLC) for industrial IoT, integrated access and backhaul (IAB), and radio access network slicing for NR.

In addition, 3GPP extends the frequency support to 71GHz. This extension requires an adaptation of the physical layer, notably the addition of two new subcarrier spacings (480kHz and 960kHz), and the support of wider signal bandwidths of up to 2GHz.

Requirements for high-quality signal test are embodied in an enhanced dynamic frontend module for the R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyser.

This makes the solution ideal for evaluating any high-end communication components or systems, including 5G NR FR2 or IEEE 802.11ay/ad chipsets, amplifiers, user equipment and base stations.

Moreover, a new 67GHz frequency option for the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator allows up to 72GHz in overrange mode. This ensures support of all planned higher frequency 5G bands, as well as the 60GHz WiGig band, and inter-satellite links.

Key attributes of the generator include excellent modulation quality, flat frequency response, and four hardware-based levels of phase noise performance equally applied to the new frequency options.

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