University of Bristol selects Propsim F8 channel emulator for 5G research

University of Bristol selects Propsim F8 channel emulator for 5G research

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Propsim F8 is currently the only radio channel emulator with an RF channel bandwidth of 160 MHz. This wide capability enables research organisations and wireless equipment manufacturers to verify very high data rates as well as implement advanced 5G and 802.11ac features, such as multi-user MIMO and beamforming.

Propsim’s user-friendly interface, with its pre-built library of channel models, enables researchers and developers to quickly design new propagation models by rigorously modelling the components that make up a communications link. Propsim F8 enables the University of Bristol to ‘stack’ multiple channels in the frequency domain to test wideband applications that use antenna array technology and beamforming techniques for millimetre wave wireless access technologies.

Anite has a long-standing relationship with the University’s Communication Systems and Networks (CSN) Group that runs a state-of-the-art hardware and measurement facility. The CSN Group will be using the Propsim F8 (procured through an UK EPSRC equipment award) for projects such as mmMagic (EU 5G PPP –

Early channel model research and development is necessary to understand the way radio waves propagate at various frequencies, which is why many research initiatives across the globe use Anite’s Propsim Channel Emulators to progress 5G research. For example, the Anite-led task group within the METIS project finalised the world’s first 5G radio channel models earlier this year.

Professor Andrew Nix, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Head of the CSN Group, says: “Anite’s Propsim F8 Channel Emulators with enhanced bandwidth capability will open a new avenue in our 5G research in projects such as Horizon 2020 mmMAGIC and 5G-XHaul, as well as collaborative projects with industry.”

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