Microwave Journal

Anritsu Solution Supports Measurements Up To 6 Carrier Aggregation User Equipment

November 8, 2017

Anritsu Company has expanded the measurement capability of its Radio Communications Analyzer MT8821C with the release of LTE-Advanced software solutions. With the two new software options installed, the MT8821C can test the RF TRx characteristics for six component carrier (6CC) carrier aggregation (CA), making RF and physical layer (PHY) measurements of six CA, single-input-single-output (SISO); six CA, 2 x 2 multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) and six CA, linked with licensed assisted access (LAA).

The software enhancements have been developed to provide a single instrument solution to verify the LTE, LTE-Advanced and LTE Advanced Pro performance of chipsets and mobile terminals or user equipment (UE) under development to support the explosive growth in high data rate services, such as mobile video streaming.

The software is optimized by the high performance and unique design of Anritsu's Radio Communications Analyzer MT8821C. The instrument has frequency coverage up to 6 GHz and a wide 160 MHz frequency bandwidth for both Tx and Rx measurements. The MT8821C all-in-one tester features built-in LTE, LTE-Advanced and LTE Advanced Pro UE RF TRx test functions, as well as base station simulation capability.

In addition to the capability offered with the new software, the MT8821C supports all cellular technologies compliant with 3GPP/3GPP2 UE RF TRx tests: LTE, LTE-Advanced, LTE Advanced Pro, Cat-M1, NB-IoT, W-CDMA, HSPA, GSM, EGPRS, TD-SCDMA, HSPA and CDMA2000 1X/1xEV-DO.

The all-in-one tester can conduct measurements directly on a mobile device to reduce measurement setup costs. A parallel phone measurement (PPM) feature allows a single MT8821C analyzer to perform simultaneous, independent testing of two UEs, lowering test costs and improving throughput by 50 percent.

The software options providing this capability are the

  • MX882112C-061 LTE-Advanced FDD DL CA 6 CC and
  • MX882113C-061 LTE-Advanced TDD DL CA 6 CC