Munich, February 27, 2009 — Rohde & Schwarz is proud to present the R&S TS8980 – a scalable RF test system for the entire development process of LTE-compatible mobile stations. The system's consistent concept with transmitter and receiver tests frees manufacturers from having to invest time and money in re-engineering their products as they prepare for conformance testing. The R&S TS8980 meets the existing test requirements for LTE developments in accordance with 3GPP Release 8.

By offering cutting-edge test solutions, Rohde & Schwarz actively participates in the continued development of the UMTS LTE mobile radio standard. The company's new R&S TS8980 has been specially designed for LTE-compatible mobile station manufacturers and test houses. It offers preconfigured test scenarios for general development tests, precompliance measurements and conformance tests. Depending on requirements, users can also adapt individual parameters of existing test scenarios or program complete test cases.

Scalable configurations of the R&S TS8980 are available for each area of application, and all of them use a standard software solution: R&S CONTEST. This yields consistent RF tests with comparable results throughout the entire development process. Errors that otherwise would first be detected during the conformance tests can be identified at an early stage of development. As a result, manufacturers can avoid spending valuable resources on re-engineering their LTE products and significantly reduce time-to-market.

The base model of the R&S TS8980 consists of the R&S CMW500 wireless tester used together with a PC and the R&S CONTEST software. The expanded configurations offer a range of market-proven Rohde & Schwarz test instruments, known for their maximum measurement accuracy and reliability. These include signal generators such as the R&S AMU200A and the R&S SMU200A, as well as the R&S FSQ signal analyzer. The resulting test systems support all currently defined LTE frequency bands.

Numerous functions of the R&S TS8980 make the developer's job easier: the automation of test routines, the monitoring of accessories such as climatic chambers or the remote control of the DUT (device under test). Users can test multiple mobile stations simultaneously by implementing the multi-DUT option, to dramatically reduce test times. The automatic path calibration helps ensure high measurement accuracy. Users can display and analyze the measurements in a variety of reports by using the configurable realtime graphical interface.

The new R&S TS8980 test system for LTE is now available from Rohde & Schwarz.