Measuring the Latest 5G Signal Waveforms

May 25, 2016
A test bed helps to create and evaluate different waveforms for possible use in future 5G wireless communications networks.

Visitors to the Keysight Technologies booth (No. 1239) at the 2016 IMS will find a rich mix of hardware and software measurement solutions for present and future applications, including for testing components for Internet of Things (IoT) and Fifth-Generation (5G) wireless communications networks. In addition to vector signal generators, arbitrary waveform generators, signal analyzers, and oscilloscopes, the exhibit booth will include an updated version of the firm’s 5G Testbed Reference Solution.

The test bed combines hardware and software to evaluate experimental waveforms for a number of different factors as candidates for 5G communications systems, including spectral efficiency, latency, computational complexity, energy efficiency, the adjacent channel performance for co-existence, and implementation costs. Visitors to the both are invited to bring their own parameters for 5G waveforms and put them to test on the testbed.

The hardware enables the generation of a wide range of frequencies and modulation bandwidths as wide as 2 GHz. Frequency bands up to 44 GHz can be supported with the base test equipment configuration, and frequency bands between 60-90 GHz can be supported with the extended millimeter-wave test equipment configuration(s). The software simplifies control of the hardware and creation of many different possible waveform scenarios. Of course, those who “just” need a microwave signal generator or signal analyzer, will also find those at IMS Booth No. 1239.

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About the Author

Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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