5G Test Equipment

5G Test Equipment

5G Test Equipment
5G is dawning, and with it, 5G test equipment. 5G networks, autonomous vehicles and smart cities will complicate the already dense ecosystem of electromagnetic fields in modern society, meaning manufacturers need to comply with a new set of standards. Enter the 3GPP, or 3rd Generation Partnership Project, a collaborative entity that is overseeing 5G standardization and has released a preliminary standard: 5G New Radio (NR). A new generation of test systems with built-in 5G signal simulation, generation and analysis has arrived in response to 5G NR’s requirements.

The 5G test and measurement revolution has arrived.

Will I need to comply with 5G NR?

The 3GPP is focusing its efforts on the regulation of three major classes of technology within the two 5G NR frequency ranges of sub-6GHz and up to millimeter wave: emBB, mMTC and uRLLC.
  • embb (Enhanced Mobile Broadband)
    • embb refers to mobile broadband at the 5G level, which will manifest as 100x faster web browsing and 8K video streaming.
  • mMTC (Massive Machine-Type Communications)
    • mMTC will allow a large number of devices to communicate device to device, creating what is called an internet of things (IoT) which will allow for smart sensors, homes and cities.
  • uRLLC (Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications)
    • uRLLC is the combination of low latency (within the 1 millisecond range), high bandwidth and high reliability that will make technologies like VR, AR, and remote, real-time surgery possible.
Manufacturers developing these technologies will need 5G test equipment for compliance testing. Luckily, there are already products on the market designed to test in both 5G NR frequency ranges, FR1 (450 MHz – 6 GHz) and FR2 (24.25 GHz – 52.6 GHz). Many devices also generate waveforms compliant to 3GPP standards for the following:
  • Intermodulation testing
  • Phased array antenna tests
  • MIMO analysis
  • OTA tests

5G Test & Measurement Equipment

ATEC carries both 5G network testing devices and 5G RF test equipment. Whether you're navigating the complexities of RF design in the lab or diagnosing the quality of a network in the field, ATEC will equip you with the right 5G test systems for your application.


Cellular Network

Field Equipment

The Keysight N9952A Fieldfox is a handheld signal analyzer designed for 4G testing and beyond.

Keysight N9952A

The Keysight N9952A Fieldfox handheld signal analyzer is a 50 GHz field-portable signal analysis device. Available with multiple options for different applications, the N9952A is used for both general purpose and application-specific tests. With its high frequency range and large bandwidth, the N9952A is ready for 5G testing. 

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The Consultix 5G is a handheld RF signal generator.

Consultix 5G CW Transmitter

The Consultix 5G portable CW transmitter is a handheld RF signal generator designed for microwave test scenarios pertinent to 5G applications from 25 GHz to 28.6 GHz. With an unprecedented output power level of up to 20 dBm, the Consultix 5G transmitter exceeds past power levels reached by traditional bench-top signal generators.

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The Anritsu MT1000A, a network testing device to rival the Anritsu 5G test equipment flagships.

Anritsu MT1000A

The Anritsu MT1000A is a portable OTDR and CRPI testing module kit that tests over a range of 1.5 Mbps to 100 Gbps. Perform commission network tests, simple network installation and system maintenance at the press of a single button with the MT1000A. A spacious 9-inch display and Linux OS interface simplify operation.

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Radiated EmissionsLab Equipment  

The Rohde & Schwarz SMW200A, a VSG designed for base station testing.

Rohde & Schwarz SMW200A

The Rohde & Schwarz SMW200A vector signal generator is ideal for digitally modulated signals required to develop wideband communications systems and the verification of 3G, 4G and 5G base stations. The R&S SMW200A I/Q modulation bandwidth satisfies a wide range of standards and is equipped for future requirements like the 3GPP.

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The Rohde & Schwarz FSW spectrum analyzer is ideal for 5G RF signal analysis.

Rohde & Schwarz FSW

The Rohde & Schwarz FSW signal and spectrum analyzer is designed for broadband communications testing in the modern era. R&S FSW series analyzers offer low phase noise, wide analysis bandwidth and simple operation. External harmonic mixers can increase the frequency range up to 110 GHz for 5G tests.

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Anritsu 4635A, a VNA with 5G testing capabilities.

Anritsu MS4644

The Anritsu MS4644 VectorStar VNA is a vector network analyzer designed for broadband analysis up to 40 GHz. Anritsu MS4644 units feature real-time results displayed on a video monitor, remote operability and multiple-graph display. An option is available for 110 GHz operation that allows users to perform 5G EMC testing.

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