Anritsu and partners showcase 6G AiP measurements

Anritsu and partners showcase 6G AiP measurements

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Anritsu Company, in partnership with MPI and ATV, have showcased state-of-the-art 6G Antenna in Package (AiP) measurements at EuMW 2023 in Berlin.

The system comprises a VectorStar™ VNA that sweeps from 70 kHz to 220 GHz with patented NLTL technology-based millimeter-wave (mmWave) extenders. The mmWave extenders convert up/down signals to 220 GHz and are so small that they can be easily mounted on a robotic arm that performs a scan around the AiP in a pre-programmed, high-resolution step yielding accurate antenna radiation pattern measurements at D and G band frequencies. The robotic arm and the probe station are provided by MPI and ATV systems who excel in their respective domains of probe stations/probes and measurement automation expertise.

The AiP can be probed/fed from either the side of the antenna, which can be placed on a glass substrate or any other material, or it can be probed from the bottom so that the probing does not interfere with the radiation of the antenna. The special Titan™ Probes used for probing the AiP is connected to the VectorStar mmWave modules. They can be single ended or differential depending upon the application.

In earlier news, Anritsu Corporation released its new MX800071A SmartStudio NR IP Performance software for the MT8000A Radio Communication Test Station, bringing greater efficiency to data throughput tests on 5G user equipment.

5G is widely used for services such as Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), providing the last-mile link from the nearest base station to the subscriber’s building. Anritsu developed the MX800071A to simplify and optimize data throughput tests required for developing 5G based Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) used for FWA.

The increased demand for remote working and home entertainment is encouraging the development of 5G use cases featuring high-speed, large-capacity communications, with applications such as FWA being one of the most successful. Development of CPE for FWA, and of wireless-communication modules built into CPE, requires data throughput testing using various sets of communication parameters. However, developers face difficulties with settings that require specialist knowledge, which reduces the efficiency of the development process and raises its costs. The MX800071A solves these issues by simplifying and optimizing complex parameter settings, helping increase the efficiency of tests.

Working with the base station simulator, the MX800071A can configure a 4G and 5G SA/NSA radio environment for testing data throughput. Easy-to-set test parameters eliminate the need for specialist knowledge of complex protocols.

The MX800071A has been tested with a wide range of 4G and 5G modem chipsets and wireless-communication modules, ensuring excellent connectivity with most 4G and 5G UEs.

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