Microwave Journal

ETS-Lindgren now supports OTA testing from 2G to 4G/LTE/MIMO

March 1, 2012

Anritsu Co. and ETS-Lindgren announced the Anritsu MT8820C RF Tester has been selected by ETS-Lindgren as an approved test solution for 2G to 4G/LTE/MIMO Over-the-Air (OTA) testing. As part of the selection, support for the MT8820C has been integrated into the CTIA-compliant ETS-Lindgren EMQuest™ EMQ-100 Antenna Measurement Software. Currently available to user equipment (UE) developers and manufacturers, it is an accurate and flexible turnkey solution to characterize and validate designs in accordance with industry standards. 

“We are pleased to expand our relationship with ETS-Lindgren. We have continued to work closely with ETS-Lindgren in developing the next generation of OTA/OTA performance test capability for the wireless industry,” said Wade Hulon, vice president and general manager of Anritsu Co. “We are now able to support OTA testing of 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE/MIMO technologies through the integration of our MT8820C and ETS-Lindgren’s EMQuest software, and look forward to addressing future industry and carrier eco-system OTA test requirements in partnership with ETS-Lindgren.” 

“This is extremely important to our overall product offering of wireless test systems,” commented Bryan Sayler, senior vice president, Test Solutions, ETS-Lindgren. “As manufacturers of wireless test systems, our customers rely on our expertise to provide them with a turnkey, world-class wireless test solution that includes the test chamber, and all associated software and hardware. Our goal is to complement the products we manufacture with equally high-quality test instrumentation. With our in-house test capabilities, we can document the quality of the Anritsu MT8820C and its functionality with our wireless test systems.”

The MT8820C and EMQuest EMQ-100 provide a comprehensive solution that can test devices based on various wireless technologies. Specialized calibration and validation methods are supported for MIMO OTA testing and other analysis, including TRP/TIS. 

The MT8820C RF Tester is a multi-format 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE/MIMO instrument with the capability for wireless device calibration, RF parametric testing and functional testing (including call processing or no-call based testing). The MT8820C currently supports LTE (FDD and TDD), W-CDMA/HSPA to DC-HSDPA, CDMA2K to single and multi-carrier 1xEV-DO rel. A, GSM/(E)-GPRS and TD-SCDMA/HSPA. Through Anritsu’s unique ParallelPhone Mode (PPM™) technology, combinations of these technologies may be supported, including SV-LTE, SVDO, CSFB and redirection. PPM also enables testing of technologies that require two simultaneous RFs, including DC-HSDPA and LTE 2x2 MIMO, in a single unit.

ETS-Lindgren’s EMQuest EMQ-100 offers a wide range of fully parameterized test methods for measuring basic antenna performance metrics, as well as testing both radiated and conducted performance of various wireless devices. Flexible in its design, the EMQuest EMQ-100 can be used to analyze antennas in stand-alone applications, or to test an embedded antenna system and radio module against any of the industry standard OTA radiated performance test requirements.