Anritsu and Samsung extend 5G collaboration

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Anritsu 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 5G Exynos Modem.

The 5G NR Release 16 greatly expands the reach of 5G enabling new services, spectrum and deployments and offers many enhancements to the fundamental aspects of the 5G system that will help to improve capacity, coverage, power efficiency, mobility, latency and reliability across a broad range of 5G use cases.

Part of a longstanding collaboration between Samsung and Anritsu the two companies have worked together on the 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 (Minimization of Drive Test) and SON (Self Organizing Network) are now being integrated.

This latest collaboration results builds upon other recent successes in 5G NR Release 16 feature testing, most notably FR1 + FR2 Dual Connectivity, and demonstrate 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 .”

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 etc.

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 600 MHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz, 4.5 GHz, and 6-GHz unlicensed bands, as well as the FR2 24 GHz, 28 GHz, 39 GHz, and 43-GHz mmWave bands, to support all the main bands used by 5G services.

In addition, the 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.