Microwave Journal
www.microwavejournal.com/articles/32136-keysight-accelerates-global-certification-of-5g-devices-with-5g-nr-conformance-test-case-leadership

Keysight Accelerates Global Certification of 5G Devices with 5G NR Conformance Test Case Leadership

April 18, 2019

Keysight Technologies Inc. announced the company's 5G Conformance Toolset now supports the greatest number of validated Global Certification Forum (GCF) and PTCRB protocol, as well as RF conformance test cases, for both 5G New Radio (NR) Non-Standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) mode, as reaffirmed at the recent GCF meeting.

Protocol and RF conformance tests are a key enabler for chipset, device manufacturers, mobile operators and test labs to validate the performance of new 5G designs. By addressing global test requirements on a single solution platform, Keysight enables the mobile industry to accelerate certification of 5G multi-mode devices. Keysight's comprehensive test case coverage also means device manufacturers can validate a wider range of devices, each addressing regionally different requirements, easily and cost-effectively.

Keysight's 5G Conformance Toolset was used to submit 5G NR non-standalone RF test cases–targeting spurious emission testing in the sub-6 GHz frequency range (FR1)–to GCF. Early access to a comprehensive set of test cases on a common platform enables the mobile ecosystem to validate the performance of new 5G designs.

"This achievement confirms Keysight's continued 5G conformance test case leadership in GCF and PTCRB and enables designers to confidently evolve with the latest 5G NR specifications," said Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of Keysight's wireless test group. "As 5G NR NSA and SA deployments are progressing in parallel, we're excited to play a foundational role in accelerating 5G mobile device certification for both modes of operation, addressing global requirements."

Keysight's 5G Conformance Toolset forms part of Keysight's suite of 5G network emulation solutions that leverages the company's UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform to address device development workflow from early design to acceptance and manufacturing. These compact solutions support the device certification process and scale to facilitate mobile device verification, as well as certification across RF, radio resource management (RRM) and protocol. Mobile operators and their ecosystems use Keysight's 5G network emulation solutions to validate new devices across sub-6 GHz and mmWave frequency bands.

In the past three months, Keysight has obtained initial GCF approval for validated 5G NR NSA test cases and has enabled the activation of GCF certification for 5G NR standalone devices. Keysight's 5G Conformance Toolset offers the widest range of GCF 5G RF NR radio frequency SA test cases and frequency band combinations and is currently the only solution that supports validated 5G NR protocol test cases for standalone mode. Compared to competitors, Keysight offers the leading number of carrier acceptance 5G NR RF and protocol test cases as mandated by a major U.S. mobile operator.