Keysight Technologies, Inc has obtained a FiRa™ Consortium validation for its automated ultra-wideband (UWB) PHY Conformance Test Tool, enabling device makers and chip designers to quickly test the physical layer (PHY) conformance of their FiRa UWB-based products. 

UWB, a short-range, low-energy wireless technology, is quickly being adopted for secure proximity and location-based services for use by smartphones and industrial IoT devices. To take advantage of these new market opportunities, semiconductor and device makers seek to validate their components through FiRa to ensure conformance to UWB standards.

Using Keysight´s automated test solution based on the M9415A VXT PXI Vector Transceiver with powerful PathWave Vector Signal Analysis (VSA), X-Series Measurement Application (X-apps) and Signal Generation, design engineers can perform a range of UWB measurements including frequency, time and amplitude domain analysis, as well as antenna characterization and system-level testing. The testing solution was built on Keysight's expertise in RF and microwave technologies to perform an advanced over-the-air approach to map the angle-of-arrival using its general-purpose VXT transceiver platform. 

Peng Cao, vice president and general manager for Keysight's Wireless Test Group, said, "Keysight is proud to support the FiRa Consortium's efforts to develop UWB technology, which has become increasingly important for a variety of applications including asset tracking, location-based services and secure access control. By providing a FiRa Consortium validated test tool based on our vector transceiver, we are enabling our customers to quickly and easily test their UWB devices for conformance with FiRa PHY technical requirements."