Keysight & Qualcomm Demonstrate Industrial IoT Application Using 5G Technology

At the recently concluded CES 2019 event, Keysight, announced that the company’s 5G network emulation solution was used to showcase an industrial internet of things (IIoT) application from NAVER LABS using Qualcomm's 5G technology. This proof-of-concept demonstration used the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and Keysight’s 5G network emulation solution to control NAVER’s AMBIDEX industrial robotic arm.

5G networks will revolutionize IIoT to support reduced latencies, higher reliability, and a greater number of connected devices. The third-generation partnership project (3GPP) will include support for 5G NR ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) features and capabilities in its Release 16, enabling mobile operators and enterprises to address a diverse range of high-performance industrial use-cases.

The demonstration, which paves the way for commercializing 5G-based industrial IoT in the near future, is another positive outcome of Qualcomm’s over three-year-long close collaboration with Keysight to accelerate the development of 5G technologies. The companies have collectively achieved several significant industry milestones, including the successful demonstration of a 3GPP 5G NR standalone (SA) mode IP data transfer. This demonstration used Keysight's 5G network emulation solutions and a mobile smartphone form-factor test device consisting of a 5G modem and antenna modules from Qualcomm, announced in December last year.

Keysight’s 5G network emulation solution leverages the UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform, to support device validation across protocol, radio frequency (RF) and radio resource management (RRM) in both low band and mmWave spectrum. The platform was used to gain industry-first approval from Global Certification Forum (GCF) for 5G New Radio (NR) Non-Standalone (NSA) test cases.

Keysight’s industry-first 5G end-to-end design and test solutions enable the mobile industry to accelerate 5G product design development from the physical layer to the application layer and across the entire workflow from simulation, design, and verification to manufacturing, deployment, and optimization. The company offers common software and hardware platforms compliant to the latest 3GPP standards, enabling the ecosystem to quickly and accurately validate 5G chipsets, devices, base stations and networks, as well as emulate subscriber behavior scenarios.