R&S announce comprehensive test solutions for 5G NR Release 17

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Rohde & Schwarz has announced a range of 5G NR 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 meet the requirements of this latest 5G specification. The FSVA3000 signal and spectrum analyser and SMM100A vector signal generator are also able to handle 5G NR Release 17.

Delivering faster and more responsive experiences in mobile broadband communications, 5G New Radio (NR) is the global standard for a unified and capable 5G wireless air interface, and it promises significantly quicker mobile broadband experiences, as well as extending mobile technology.

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

The requirements for high-quality signal test are now embodied in a new enhanced dynamic frontend module for the R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyser, making it suitable 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 67 GHz frequency option for the SMW200A vector signal generator allows up to 72 GHz in overrange mode. This ensures support of all planned higher frequency 5G bands, as well as the 60 GHz 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 apply to the new frequency options.