Rohde & Schwarz, IHP team for 6G test

December 18, 2020 // By Nick Flaherty
Rohde & Schwarz, IHP team for 6G test
R&S is working with IHP to characterize D-band frequencies from 110 GHz to 170 GHz in over-the-air test setup for 6G and automotive radar

Rohde & Schwarz has teamed with German research group IHP on the industry’s first full 2D/3D antenna characterization of transceiver modules operating in the D-Band.

Researchers and key industry players have identified the D-Band, ranging from 110 GHz to 170 GHz, as a candidate frequency band for beyond 5G and 6G mobile communications as well as for future automotive radar applications.

“These joint efforts will help researchers and key industry players to test and characterize antenna systems and transceiver modules for future automotive radar applications and wireless communication standard, that we eventually call 6G,” said Alexander Pabst, Vice President of Systems & Projects at Rohde & Schwarz.

Similar to 5G networks and devices supporting mmWave frequencies, antenna systems and RF transceiver modules for future mobile communications standards or automotive radar applications will share the same features that make their testing a challenge. Their wide frequency range, a greater number of antenna elements and the lack of conventional external RF connectors will demand testing over-the-air in a shielded environment. R&S and IHP have transferred this test method successfully into sub-THz range with the first full 2D/3D over-the-air measurements of a radar module at D-Band frequencies.

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The R&S ATS1000 is a compact and mobile shielded chamber solution for OTA and antenna measurements

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