Anritsu Corp. and SATIMO (a Microwave Vision company) announce that the Anritsu MT8820C One-Box Tester has been selected by SATIMO as a supported test solution for OTA LTE testing, including MIMO. Based on this selection, the MT8820C is being integrated into the SATIMO SAM OTA performance test software.

"We are pleased to work with SATIMO to enable the wireless industry with the next generation of OTA test capability," said Kenji Tanaka, Executive Vice President of Anritsu. “The MT8820C is a unique RF-focused test solution with broad support for 2G, 3G and LTE testing. When coupled with SATIMO test capability, our combined test solution verifies that new LTE devices will meet CTIA and other regulatory requirements.”

“We are happy to work with Anritsu to deliver high added-value solutions to our customers,” said Nicolas Gross, Application Director of SATIMO. “Our patented MV-Scan™ multi-probe solutions paired with the Anritsu MT8820C will allow for fast LTE OTA testing, including MIMO OTA testing.”

The MT8820C LTE One-Box Tester is a multi-format 2G, 3G, and LTE tester with capability for UE calibration, RF parametric testing, and functional testing, including call processing or no-call based testing. Supported formats include LTE, W-CDMA/HSPA CDMA2K to 1xEV-DO rel. A, TD-SCDMA/HSPA, and GSM/GPRS/E-GPRS. The MT8820C makes the testing of LTE physical layer parameters quick and simple, including the measurement of both TX and RX parameters. Parameter setups and pass/fail limits for tests defined in 3GPP 36.521-1 are pre-programmed, including automatic setup of uplink and downlink RB allocations. Options are available for 2x2 MIMO, including IP-layer throughput at 100 MB/s downlink data rates.

SATIMO multi-probe systems are particularly well-suited for OTA testing. The multi-probe approach drastically reduces measurement time. SAM’s latest release (2.17.2) includes "TIS estimation from RSSI," a quick TIS measurement method that is now CTIA-approved. The multi-probe approach is also required to emulate multi-path propagation and perform MIMO testing in a controlled realistic environment. When associated with a StarMIMO arch and its patented MV-CalTM calibration unit, SATIMO’s systems and Anritsu’s MT8820C are a clear answer to the challenging demands of creating complex environment test setups.