Test & Measurement

Software tools supply RF measurement option

1st May 2014
Mick Elliott

Aeroflex is offering separate availability of the LTE Downlink Measurement Suite, a suite of software tools that works with the Aeroflex PXI 3000 platform to characterise the transmitter and receiver parameters of LTE base stations (eNodeB) and small cells in production test. The LTE Downlink (FDD and TDD) Measurement Suite can be used either with the recently-announced Aeroflex One-Box Base Station RF Tester.

This is based on the Aeroflex PXI 3000 platform, or as an expanded application on the Aeroflex PXI 3000 Series VSA and VSG modules.

With industry-leading measurement speed and accuracy already validated by end users, the software enables RF parametric test to be performed on macro base stations and small cells. The low level Application Programming Interface (API) of the analysis library allows users easy integration into the automated test system.

“We have tailored the LTE Downlink Measurement Suite to meet the production test needs of the evolving small cell market,” said Ran An, product manager at Aeroflex. “The software enables industry-leading measurement speed and flexibility for testing the multiple technologies integrated into small cells, macro base station RF transceivers, and associated RF components.”

The LTE Downlink Measurement Suite is incorporated with the user-friendly graphic interface and supports RF parametric measurements during the base station R&D design stage. It is a good choice for performing the 7X24 regression test as well as advanced radio signal simulation and analysis. LTE-A features such as carrier aggregation and higher order MIMO signal generation are included.

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