RanLOS and Anritsu present 5G vehicle OTA test solution

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RanLOS, TOYO, AeroGT Labs, and Anritsu have made available the first 5G antenna over-the-air (OTA) measurement system engineered with RanLOS’ OTA test solution and Anritsu’s 5G Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A.

This new system is said to represent a significant step forward in enabling advancements in 5G connected vehicles.

As autonomous driving gains momentum, and the demand for connected vehicles increases, so the adoption of 5G for automotive use comes with performance requirements that are necessary to enable a successful implementation.

In order to enable the seamless flow of dynamic, real-time data communication, highly reliable antenna performance is a key necessity to ensure the safety of autonomous and connected vehicles and to enable advanced infotainment. This requirement is addressed by optimising and validating antenna design and installation on a vehicle.

However, to accomplish this, design engineers need a consistent, reliable, and controllable test environment that can emulate real-world conditions.

In their collaboration RanLOS and Anritsu have integrated a portable antenna test system with a wide dynamic range base station simulation. The combined solution supports the measurement of throughput and antenna radiation patterns under static conditions and the evaluation of throughput degradation in vehicles operating on a dynamometer.

It is well-suited for assessing the performance of antennas on transportation vehicles such as automobiles, vans, minibuses, and autonomous transport systems.

According to Anritsu, what sets the solution apart is its distinctive capability to be seamlessly integrated into pre-existing EMC chambers, providing manufacturers with an opportunity to establish an essential testing environment while keeping the initial investment to a minimum.

As measurement solution providers, TOYO and AeroGT Labs, a TOYO-affiliated company specialising in OTA measurements, have said that this solution should be viewed as an optimal choice for customers requiring a 5G OTA measurement solution for advancing next-generation mobility.

“It’s a major step to have 5G capabilities integrated into our offering”, commented Louice Rosdahl, CEO of RanLOS. “5G is 100 times faster than 4G at peak speed and will be an enabler for safer connected cars. We are grateful for the collaboration with Anritsu and look forward to delivering the benefits of this new offering to our users and customers.”

“While the 5G wireless communication quality evaluation is indispensable for the development of the next-generation mobility including connected and autonomous vehicles, no standard test method has been established. In this context, the solution created by integrating Anritsu and RanLOS products offers a simple and intelligent way to evaluate the 5G on-vehicle wireless communications and minimise initial investment,” explained Yoshimichi Imaizumi, Director, Senior VP at TOYO. “By promoting this sophisticated yet cost-effective solution to the mobility industry, we contribute to the building of a safer and more trusted traffic network.”

“This leading technology is the result of our partnership with RanLOS,” said Takeshi Shima, Director, Senior Vice President, Test & Measurement Company President at Anritsu. “By integrating the Anritsu MT8000A 5G network simulator with the RanLOS system, we offer the automobile test marketplace an advanced solution with technologically and cost-effective benefits. With the constant and rapid progress in autonomous services, in-vehicle antenna performance significantly matters. The solution ultimately equates to an improved user experience, which benefits the evolution of widely spreading smart society. We are thrilled to promote it globally, collaborating with TOYO and AeroGT Labs.”

The 5G antenna OTA measurement solution is shipping now.