Keysight Technologies announced the PROPSIM MANET Channel Emulation Solution for emulating the end-to-end performance and interoperability of mobile ad-hoc networks (MANET) and mesh radio systems used in tactical, mission critical wireless communications.

Such self-forming and self-healing networks eliminate single points of failure, improving reliability.

Ensuring robust inter-operation of avionics, surveillance, radar or satellite systems for critical wireless communications, manufacturers and military forces must test mixed networks that combine tactical and avionics radios with satellite links. Increased system complexity and technological advancements, such as MIMO and beamforming, are accelerating the need to test large mesh-network topologies with dynamically changing radio channel and interference conditions.

To address this, Keysight developed a high-performing, network-level channel emulation solution that enables users to easily replicate field-testing conditions in a repeatable way. The PROPSIM MANET Channel Emulation Solution is a highly scalable and flexible solution that supports:

  • Full mesh configurations of up to 64 radios using 4032 independent fading channels, in a single unit, for testing large SISO and MIMO mesh-network topologies.
  • Up to 1.2 GHz instantaneous bandwidth for ultra-wideband, gigabit links.
  • Easy-to-use interface for dynamic scenario creation and accessing all key radio channel parameters.
"The introduction of PROPSIM MANET Channel Emulation Solution enables designers of MANET and mesh radios to use a multipurpose tool that offers the flexibility they need to address a comprehensive set of tactical radio testing requirements. This solution, in combination with Keysight's M8920A radio test set, offers a complete platform for testing radios from simulation to manufacturing. As a result, designers have the confidence to ensure robust operation of any mission critical wireless communication system." — Greg Peters, vice president and general manager of Keysight's aerospace & defense group