Keysight Technologies Inc. announced that it has been selected as the sole supplier of 5G network emulation solutions by Xiaomi Corp., a Chinese electronics company, to accelerate development of its 5G NR mobile devices.

5G devices operating on mmWave frequencies rely on phased array antenna and beamforming technologies to address higher data throughput requirements. Keysight's 5G RF DVT Toolset supports the latest 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) Release 15 specifications, including beamforming and beam management across sub-6 GHz and mmWave frequencies. This comprehensive set of capabilities allows Xiaomi to validate the performance of 5G mobile devices, with easy-to-use tools for test case creation, execution and analysis in a controlled laboratory-based environment.

"Xiaomi is committed to delivering cutting-edge R&D innovation and technology," said Zhang Lei, senior director of Xiaomi Corp. "Leveraging Keysight's 5G network emulation solutions will enable us to greatly accelerate development of our 5G mobile devices and establish a leadership position in the industry." 
5G RF DVT Toolset is part of Keysight's suite of network emulation solutions which enable the mobile device ecosystem to streamline the product workflow from early prototyping and development to design validation and manufacturing. These solutions enable users to perform device characterization and validation in over-the-air (OTA) real-world conditions. By using the same test capabilities and test cases specified by chipset vendors and mobile operators, device manufacturers can easily validate device performance, speed development and achieve consistent results.

"We are excited to collaborate with leading 5G device makers, such as Xiaomi, to help them develop and launch 5G NR products for a global market place," said Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of the Wireless Test business at Keysight Technologies.  "Keysight is playing a pivotal role in a connected mobile ecosystem where our mmWave expertise, combined with highly scalable software-based 5G test solutions, is accelerating 5G innovation."