Ball Aerospace and Anokiwave have validated the first commercial 5G NR active array antenna product designs in the 26 GHz band using the Keysight 5G NR-ready measurement testbed.
The use of phased arrays at mmWave frequencies requires over-the-air (OTA) testing as well as spatial beam measurements. Keysight metrology-grade test equipment offers the sensitivity necessary to overcome these challenges. New spatial measurement requirements include sidelobe levels, dynamic beam qaulities, and spatial variations of EVM and ACPR.
As the first mmWave testbed with 5G-ready source and analyzer inside a PXI chassis, the Keysight solution is scalable across the product lifecycle, from research and development through manufacturing, using modular hardware and software. The 5G NR-ready testbed enables multi-format testing in a single chassis for space-efficient and flexible design validation, even at mmWave.
Said Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president of the Network Infrastructure Unit, Keysight Technologies, “Keysight modular hardware and software solutions seamlessly combine metrology-grade mmWave hardware and format-specific software measurements. These customers can now scale from today’s 4G evolved designs (under 6 GHz) into the new mmWave bands, and accelerate a faster transition into production, with minimum cost.”
The Ball Aerospace-built 256-element array uses Anokiwave integrated circuits and was designed to deliver 5G-modulation in gigahertz-wide bandwidths in either a single-beam mode or in MIMO applications for up to four concurrent beams with up to +60 dBm EIRP.
“Keysight has enabled us to validate the breakthrough data throughput performance of our Ball-built arrays at 26 GHz and gain visibility into our performance edges, using standard-compliant 5G NR waveforms and processing” stated Bob Donahue, chief executive officer, Anokiwave.
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