R&S Announces New Test Platform for Early Release of NB-IoT Devices

Rohde & Schwarz in cooperation with Qualcomm Technologies has announced the successful implementation of a wide range of NB-IoT tests that can be used to verify Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 global Cat M1/Cat NB-1 dual-mode LTE modem. By using the R&S CMW-KU300 NB-IoT MLAPI scenarios and the R&S CMW-KR313 3GPP Rel. 13 C-IoT protocol test enabler on a single R&S CMW500 radio communication tester, engineers can test their IoT devices based on the MDM9206 LTE modem. These tests can be carried out under realistic conditions by attaching and establishing a real-time, comprehensive connection with the simulated network and then testing relevant signaling and RF scenarios related to the 3GPP Release 13 specification.

Rohde & Schwarz believes that the Internet of Things (IoT) as a technology will empower economical and societal changes for everything around us in the future, starting with key industry verticals and applications such as smart cities, smart monitoring, connected cars, mobile health, and more. And thus to help realize this promise and to accelerate device development, engineers and manufacturers will need to fully characterize and test their NB-IoT devices to ensure that they meet and exceed all performance and quality requirements.

This new capability was showcased at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona. The MDM9206 LTE modem demonstration will utilize the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester, emulating a LTE-Advanced network with IP Multimedia System (IMS) server capabilities. Utilizing the MDM9206 LTE modem, the demonstration will begin with a network attachment and establishment of a comprehensive data session. Using the R&S CMW-KM300 NB-IoT Tx-Measurement personality during an established NB-IoT call, RF parametric tests to evaluate RF-spectrum, output-power and error vector magnitude (EVM) provide unique insight to the RF performance of the IoT-device.