Anritsu introduces all-in-one base station simulator that supports 4CC CA and 2×2 MIMO

Created July 5, 2016
Technologies and Products

Anritsu has introduced its Signalling Tester MD8475B, the first all-in-one test solution supporting up to four component carrier aggregation and 2×2 MIMO in a single test box. Integrated with the SmartStudio GUI, the MD8475B lowers cost-of-test and reduces space requirements compared to conventional solutions that require several test instruments, providing engineers with an efficient tool to conduct tests on chipsets, modules, and mobile platforms integrating the most recent LTE-Advanced specifications.

The MD8475B can conduct performance tests and IP layer throughput tests on UEs supporting 4 CC CA in a 2×2 MIMO configuration. Improved IP throughput test efficiency is achieved through the built-in IP Packet Generator function of the MD8475B. This innovative feature simplifies the test environment by removing the need for hosting a client/server on an external PC.

A key benefit of this tester for engineers is its easy-to-use SmartStudio GUI, which facilitates highly efficient UE evaluation without complex test scenarios required by other test instruments.

SmartStudio can be used at every stage of the UE lifecycle, from the early development of LTE smartphones to the mature market to simplify call processing normal and quasi-normal tests; emergency and early warning tests, such as ETWS; mobility tests; IMS tests, such as VoLTE/RCS; and Wi-Fi offload tests.

SmartStudio Manager supports automated UE testing and improves development efficiency by offering seamless transitions to regression and stress tests. In addition to supporting existing test cases created with the first-generation MD8475A, SmartStudio Manager can automate the enormous number of required full network tests by calculating the combinations of CC numbers, MIMO numbers, and supported wireless frequency bands required for LTE-Advanced evaluations, reducing the cost-of-test and speeding time to market.

Recognizing emerging trends and technology development, Anritsu has designed the MD85475B as a flexible platform. For example, it can be expanded to support up to 6 GHz frequency range to conduct tests on UEs using the 5 GHz unlicensed band driven forward by Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), LTE-U Forum specifications and WLAN.


See also: Anritsu introduces CPRI RF measurement option that cuts time and cost of Testing RRHs on 4G networks

By Optical Connections News Team


This article was written
by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.