3GPP 5G conformance test in the smallest possible footprint

3GPP 5G conformance test in the smallest possible footprint

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Rohde & Schwarz is introducing two new setups for 5G RF and RRM conformance test — the TS8980S-4A, which is a cost-efficient single-box tailored to 3GPP inband test cases, and the TS8980FTA-3A which is a single-rack system covering all inband and out-of-band test cases.

The TS8980 is an official 5G conformance test platform approved by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and the PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB). Chipset, modem and end device manufacturers as well as test houses can use the test system to perform RF (TP298) and RRM (TP296) tests in line with 3GPP specifications. The platform also meets the test requirements of network operators and regulatory bodies.

The two new setups for its successful TS8980 family — the TS8980S-4A and the TS8980FTA-3A meet the market requirements for reduced hardware and a smaller footprint. No other conformance test system on the market offers the same capabilities in such a compact format as the TS8980FTA-3A.

The single-box TS8980S-4A is a fully automated conformance test system for performing validated conformance test cases up to 8 GHz and 4 carrier aggregation (4 CA). Based on an enhanced CMX500 one-box 5G signaling tester (OBT), it is a cost-efficient product that supports 3GPP RX/TX inband conformance test cases, demodulation and radio resource management (RRM) test cases. Customers can also upgrade their CMX500 to a TS8980S-4A. This single-box conformance test system is particularly attractive for 5G device manufacturers who want to perform inband testing inhouse and outsource out-of-band testing to a test house. The automation is based on the Contest software platform from Rohde & Schwarz, which features an intuitive GUI, advanced tools for fast debugging and a sophisticated report manager for big data analysis and cloud services.

The single-rack TS8980FTA-3A is the most compact conformance test system on the market. It supports the full range of both inband and out-of-band test cases and the entire device certification process for RF and RRM, covering 5G NR as defined by 3GPP and carrier acceptance specifications. Typically, these capabilities require a two-rack solution. Now, Rohde & Schwarz has succeeded in reducing the footprint of this test system to a single rack setup, allowing it to be installed in laboratories with limited floor space.

Rohde & Schwarz will showcase the TS8980S-4A and TS8980FTA-3A test systems at Mobile World Congress 2024 in Barcelona

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