Anritsu Releases 5G-NR Signal Generation Software for its Signal Analyzers

Anritsu has introduced two new software packages, a 5G NR TDD sub-6 GHz IQproducer, the MX370113A and a 5G NR TDD sub-6 GHz IQproducer, the MX269913A. The new products are an addition to Anritsu’s line of measurement software for 5G mobile communications systems. Installing these software packages in the Vector Signal Generator MG3710A or Signal Analyzer MS2690A/MS2691A/MS2692A series with installed Vector Signal Generator Opt-020 supports output of 5G signals in the frequency band below 6 GHz (sub-6 GHz).

Commercial 5G services are expected to use two frequency bands—the mmWave band at 28 and 39 GHz, and the sub-6 GHz band. Since the sub-6 GHz band is close to the frequencies used by 4G LTE, there is increasing need for instruments supporting measurement of both 5G as well as earlier communication systems, such as LTE/LTE-Advanced, etc. With this new software package release, Anritsu is strengthening the functions of its Vector Signal Generator MG3710A and Signal Analyzer MS2690A/MS2691A/MS2692A series by supporting output of 5G NR signals.

The MX370113A software is for use by the Vector Signal Generator MG3710A, while the MX269913A is for the Signal Analyzer MS2690A/MS2691A/MS2692A series. Both packages support generation of 3GPP-defined 5G NR waveform files for uplink and downlink signals by setting parameters, such as component carriers (CC, 100 MHz max.), sub-carrier interval, modulation scheme, etc. Additionally, installing the software packages in a PC enables creation of waveform files without a measuring instrument.

Key Features include:

  • Creation of 3GPP-defined 5G NR waveform files for outputting 5G NR signals from signal generator
    Reference Standards: 3GPP TS38.211 (2018-06), TS38.212 (2018-06), TS38.213 (2018-06)
  • Parameter settings via GUI operation
  • Customers with existing Vector Signal Generator MG3710A and MS2690A/MS2691A/MS2692A Signal Generator options can add new functions with an easy software upgrade, helping hold-down costs by leveraging existing equipment.
  • PC installation is supported as well for creating files even without a measuring instrument.

The MG3710A vector signal generator with excellent ACLR performance has a two-waveform addition function for tests combining wanted and interference/AWGN waveforms as well as a 2nd RF Option in one main unit. The MS2690A/MS2691A/MS2692A signal analyzers have built-in vector signal generator options as well as optional analysis software for each communications system, supporting analysis of wireless equipment TRx characteristics with just one instrument.

As part of its wide product range supporting 5G, Anritsu also sells the Signal Analyzer MS2850A and 5G measurement software. This release of new software packages for evaluating sub-6 GHz TRx characteristics is expected to play a key role in early deployment of commercial 5G services. Target markets and applications include,

  • Manufacturers of wireless communications equipment and electronic parts, mobile-phone operators
  • Development and manufacturing of 5G mobile terminals and wireless communications equipment, etc.

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