Microwave Journal

Aeroflex Launches 3GPP WCDMA Release 9, 84 Mbps Support for the Industry Standard TM500 Mobile

January 17, 2011


Cambridge, UK—JULY 29, 2010—Aeroflex announced today that its TM500 Test Mobile has added support for the 3GPP WCDMA Release 9 standard, the latest evolution of the HSPA+ standards, which permits concurrent operation of MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) and DC-HSDPA (Dual Cell High-Speed Download Packet Access). This doubles the maximum data rate to 84 Mbps.

The TM500 Rel-9 DC-HSDPA L1L2 Test Mobile enables 3G infrastructure equipment manufacturers to perform rigorous testing of their DC-HSDPA base stations, speeding up the development of infrastructure equipment and its deployment in networks.

The new TM500 model provides full implementation of HSDPA Categories 1 – 28, including DC-HSDPA, MIMO, and 64QAM. Support for seamless reconfiguration from single cell HSDPA to dual cell HSDPA and vice versa is provided via HS-SCCH orders. Legacy features from Release 99 to Release 8 are also supported, including soft handover for up to six cells, HSUPA categories 1-7 and Continuous Packet Connectivity. Layer 1, Layer 2 and Layer 3 test modes are supported, with multi-UE support for up to 32 UEs to follow in August.

“The Aeroflex TM500 family continues to track closely the standards roadmap that wireless network operators are following, enabling rigorous testing of base stations before real handsets become available,” said Tim Beard, WCDMA product manager at Aeroflex Test Solutions. “The TM500 is the first test mobile to support Release 9 and the higher data rates made available by combining MIMO and DC-HSDPA operation.”

For more information visit the company’s website by clicking the link below our logo on this page or calling Aeroflex Sales at (800) 835-2352.