Microwave Vision Group (MVG) announced that the Spirent GSS7000 GNSS simulator has been successfully integrated into MVG’s over-the-air (OTA) and passive antenna test systems for improved GNSS satellite communications testing. With the tight integration of multiple antennas in advancing wireless devices, testing OTA has become the norm for the development of this technology. MVG near-field test systems perform fast and accurate measurements and OTA tests of antennas designed for satellite communications and other GNSS enabled products, systems and networks.

Spirent Communications is a leading provider of test and assurance solutions for next-generation devices and networks. Its technology and proven performance give an output that closely mirrors real world GNSS configurations, enabling a more efficient and accurate test environment.

“The enhanced performance and features of Spirent GNSS simulators provides developers across a wide range of applications—from mobile phones, to assisted vehicles and fighter jets—with access to the industry’s most realistic GNSS simulation capabilities,” said Adam Price, vice president of PNT simulation at Spirent. “Our integration into MVG OTA test systems, such as the multiprobe SG24 or StarLab, delivers a cutting-edge testing solution, helping to accelerate the development of next-generation products and systems.”

“We’re pleased to offer our customers the option to include Spirent’s GSS7000 as part of our OTA test systems,” said Nicolas Gross, director of R&D at MVG. “Spirent's simulation system's open API allows for a seamless integration into our multi-system test rack. Customers can choose our combined solution with peace of mind.” “This collaboration greatly improves the integrity and value of the results generated during antenna testing and measurements in realistic simulated environments,” added Price.

As connectivity in industries such as automotive, aviation and military become ever more sophisticated, the need to ensure that all of the pieces of technology work together in the way they should increases. The integration of Spirent into MVG test systems enables R&D engineers, particularly those performing tests in anechoic chambers, to incorporate the antenna and the vehicle in a test environment that represents the real world signal environment as closely as possible, while maintaining full control and repeatability.