Keysight Demonstrates 5G NR Data Call Using MediaTek's Multi-Mode Modem

Keysight has announced the first successful demonstration of a 5G New Radio (NR) IP data transfer call using MediaTek's Helio M70 Multi-Mode Modem with an integrated baseband solution.

The demonstration used MediaTek's multi-mode modem Helio M70 and Keysight's 5G network emulation solution to achieve the theoretical maximal throughput rate over 100 MHz of NR bandwidth, for both Non-Standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) modes. These high-level data rates are needed to deliver enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) for applications such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and ultra-high-definition video streaming.

Keysight's 5G network emulation solutions leverage the company's UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform to support mobile device verification and certification across radio frequency (RF), radio resource management (RRM) and protocol. This compact solution addresses the entire device development workflow from early design to acceptance and manufacturing. MediaTek's Helio M70, compliant to the latest 3GPP Rel-15 standards, is currently the industry's only 5G modem with LTE and 5G dual connectivity (EN-DC) and multi-mode support for every cellular connectivity generation from 2G to 5G. Helio M70 is designed to meet essential carrier features like HPUE support.

The two companies initiated their collaboration to accelerate 5G technology development more than two years ago. Keysight's 5G Protocol R&D Toolset, part of Keysight's suite of 5G network emulation solutions, has enabled MediaTek to perform Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocol development, pre-silicon deployment, and full stack chipset validation across both sub-6GHz and mmWave frequencies. In December 2018, Keysight announced that MediaTek selected Keysight's 5G virtual drive testing (VDT) Toolset for emulating real-world radio frequency network conditions in a laboratory environment, further broadening the scope of the two companies' collaboration.