Test & Measurement

Radio comms test platform gets MWC 2021 sneak preview

29th June 2021
Mick Elliott

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (June 28-July 1), Rohde & Schwarz is offering an exclusive preview of the new R&S CMP180 radio communication test platform.

The single-box tester features parallel testing on up to 16 devices.

It fulfils cellular and non-cellular multi-signal, multi-technology requirements, making it ideal for mass production environments

The test platform is designed to manage multiple parallel signals for both multiple devices and MIMO transmission methods, providing maximum measurement speed at frequencies up to 8 GHz.

The analyser/generator single-box tester covers wireless standards including Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 7 and 5G NR at FR1 frequencies, plus a wide range of legacy technologies.

Even though the full-feature launch is planned for late 2021, Rohde & Schwarz is giving a special preview at MWC21, demonstrating Wi-Fi 6E/Wi-Fi 7 testing with the new test platform.

Rohde & Schwarz says that the R&S CMP180 is more than a high speed mass production tester.

Thanks to its RF parameters and high output power, test engineers can use the instrument throughout the entire development phase, from engineering validation tests right through to production.

The high speed non-signalling test method is made possible by predefined test routines known to both the device under test and the R&S CMP180, eliminating the need for interactive communications between the device and the tester during the test procedure. Scripted test routines have been developed in close cooperation with chipset or device manufacturers.

Since the instrument features both a vector signal generator and a vector spectrum analyser, the tester generates the test signal sequence as defined in the routine, feeds it to the DUT and analyses the results.

The R&S CMP180 expands Rohde & Schwarz’s single-box tester portfolio to include frequency ranges up to 8 GHz, supporting all anticipated wideband signals up to 500 MHz. The tester features future-proof hardware with excellent RF performance.

Two independent RF channels and 16 RF ports support multiple parallel device tests, MIMO transmission methods and technologies.

Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates the new R&S CMP180 at Mobile World Congress 2021 at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona in hall 3, booth 3K30 as well as online via the Rohde & Schwarz Signals webpage.

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