Anritsu Introduces First All-in-One Base Station Simulator That Supports 4CC CA and 2x2 MIMO
Anritsu Company introduces the Signaling Tester MD8475B, the world’s first all-in-one test solution supporting up to four component carrier aggregation (4CC CA) and 2x2 MIMO in a single test box. Integrated with the SmartStudio GUI, the MD8475B lowers cost-of-test and reduces space requirements compared to conventional solutions that require several test instruments, providing engineers with a highly efficient tool to conduct tests on chipsets, modules, and mobile platforms integrating the most recent LTE-Advanced specifications.
The all-in-one Signaling Tester MD8475B can conduct performance tests and IP layer throughput tests on UEs supporting 4 CC CA in a 2x2 MIMO configuration. Improved IP throughput test efficiency is achieved through the built-in IP Packet Generator function of the MD8475B. This innovative feature simplifies the test environment by removing the need for hosting a client/server on an external PC.
A key benefit of the Signaling Tester MD8475B for engineers is the easy-to-use SmartStudio GUI, which facilitates highly efficient UE evaluation without complex test scenarios required by other test instruments. SmartStudio can be used at every stage of the UE lifecycle, from the early development of LTE smartphones to the mature market to simplify call processing normal and quasi-normal tests; emergency and early warning tests, such as ETWS; mobility tests; IMS tests, such as VoLTE/RCS; and Wi-Fi offload tests. By creating a stable automatic measurement environment, the Signaling Tester MD8475B with SmartStudio GUI provides engineers with distinct advantages when conducting LTE-Advanced and 2G/3G Inter-RAT test performance evaluations.
SmartStudio Manager supports automated UE testing and improves development efficiency by offering seamless transitions to regression and stress tests. In addition to supporting existing test cases created with the first-generation MD8475A, SmartStudio Manager can automate the enormous number of required full network tests by calculating the combinations of CC numbers, MIMO numbers, and supported wireless frequency bands required for LTE-Advanced evaluations, reducing the cost-of-test and speeding time to market.
Recognizing emerging trends and technology development, Anritsu has designed the MD85475B as a flexible platform. For example, it can be expanded to support up to 6 GHz frequency range to conduct tests on UEs using the 5 GHz unlicensed band driven forward by Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), LTE-U Forum specifications and WLAN.
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