27 Feb 2018

5G millimeter wave test services and chamber unveiled

Ethertronics, a specialist in high performance antenna system solutions, has announced a cost-effective 5G test services and test chamber to address the complex test and verification challenges for 5G millimeter wave devices.

Due to the unique challenges of millimeter-wave radio communications, next generation 5G networks require sophisticated, high-precision testing solutions to thoroughly validate device-level radio performance and ensure time-to-market for new 5G network rollouts.

The unique nature of 5G networks – including ongoing standards evolution, diverse radio spectrum deployments, radio-level challenges, and ballooning testing costs -- creates a previously unseen level of complexity for 5G device and systems developers. For companies and engineers who are developing devices for next-generation of 5G wireless networks, rapid and precise Over-The-Air (OTA) testing solutions are critical for identifying issues and enabling fast prototyping cycle time during product design and validation phases.

Ethertronics solves these challenges with a cost-effective and highly accurate solution for testing 5G antenna performance up to mmWave frequencies in a mobile shielded chamber. Its new 5G testing services and chambers provide complete performance assessment for 5G OTA testing, including gain, efficiency, directivity, polarization and beam characteristics, while providing fast and accurate 3D radiation pattern measurements.

“5G and mmWave represent the most disruptive generational change in cellular networks since the movement to digital. Everything becomes more difficult in higher frequencies, including ill-behaved propagation, beamforming, and over-the-air testing,” said Olivier PAJONA, Chief Scientist, Ethertronics. “The nature of millimeter wave frequencies makes antennas extremely sensitive to physical positioning and to phase and gain measurement accuracy. Additionally, the increasing use of antenna arrays places significant additional demands on antenna testing capabilities. Our cost-effective 5G millimeter wave test services and test chamber, with one-degree resolution and precision in radiation pattern measurement, provides a highly precise and robust solution to help device makers and operators test and commercialize new 5G products and services.”

Ethertronics mmWave 5G Test Chamber Features:

  • Designed for 5G device radio performance testing and validation from 28GHz to 60 GHz mm-wave bands

  • Provides a broad spectrum of far field radio characterization capabilities – gain, directivity, beamwidth, 3D radiation pattern, antenna efficiency – across a wide range of mmWave bands (from 26.5-40 GHz and 50-67 GHz)

  • Designed to support forthcoming 5G mmWave regulatory and emissions testing standards, including TRP/TIS, EIRP, and EIS

  • Supports Device-Under-Test sizes up to of a standard 17” laptop.

  • Fine-stepped in-chamber Device-Under-Test rotation to within 1 degree of accuracy in both Elevation and Azimuth angles

  • Advanced control UI with user-friendly software tools for measurement and post processing tasks

Ethertronics-based testing services using 5G mmWave chamber and first customer deliveries of the chamber will begin in 2Q18.

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