Keysight enables device makers to accelerate device certification

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced that the company´s 5G network emulation solutions deliver a number of 5G new radio (NR) protocol conformance test cases validated by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and PTCRB, a certification forum consisting of US mobile operators, the company said.

Keysight´s leadership in validated protocol test cases enables the mobile ecosystem to accelerate 5G NR device certification in compliance with specifications set by 3GPP, the global mobile communications standards organization. This early access to a comprehensive set of test cases allows device makers to speed validation of a wide range of scenarios.

Keysight´s 5G Protocol Conformance Toolset, part of Keysight´s suite of 5G network emulation solutions, offers a number of GCF validated 5G NR protocol test cases in non-standalone (NSA) mode across both frequency range 1 (FR1) and FR2. The toolset uniquely offers protocol test cases for standalone (SA) mode as validated by both GCF and PTCRB. The standalone mode leverages a new 3GPP core network architecture — the 5G Core (5GC) — to unlock the full potential of 5G NR, resulting in new use cases requiring ultra-low latency and higher capacity.

Following the CAG#59 meeting in Malaga, Spain in July 2019, Keysight announced that the company´s 5G Conformance Toolset (Test Platform 168) offers coverage of GCF validated RF test cases. Also in July, Keysight announced that the company´s collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies Inc. resulted in the industry´s first GCF validation of 5G NR conformance test cases for RF demodulation and radio resource management (RRM) in non-standalone (NSA) mode for FR1. Earlier this year, Keysight announced that the company was first to submit 5G NR test cases to PTCRB for radio frequency (RF) in non-standalone mode in FR2 and for protocol in SA mode in FR1.

Keysight´s 5G Protocol Conformance Toolset enables mobile operators, chipset and device manufacturers, as well as test labs, to validate new devices across the workflow, from early design to acceptance and manufacturing in both sub-6GHz (FR1) and mmWave (FR2) frequency bands. The solution suite leverages the company´s UXM 5G Wireless Platform to provide early access to a comprehensive range of test cases on a common platform.

Keysight´s industry-first 5G end-to-end design and test solutions enable the mobile industry to accelerate 5G product design development from the physical layer to the application layer and across the entire workflow from simulation, design, and verification to manufacturing, deployment, and optimization. Keysight offers common software and hardware platforms compliant to the latest 3GPP standards, enabling the ecosystem to quickly and accurately validate 5G chipsets, devices, base stations and networks, as well as emulate subscriber behaviour scenarios. Additional information about Keysight´s 5G solutions is available at www.keysight.com/find/5G.

Keysight Technologies is a technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight´s solutions optimize networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. More information is available at www.keysight.com.