MWC Barcelona 2023 is the largest and most influential event for the global connectivity ecosystem. It was held from 27 February – 2 March at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona. It attracts global mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors, content owners, or folks who are simply interested in the future of tech. Tens of thousands of senior executives from top global companies, international governments and trailblazing tech businesses converge at MWC Barcelona to make decisions. everything RF has compiled a list of some interesting Product Showcased at the MWC Barcelona 2023 event. everything RF's complete coverage of the event can be seen here.
5G Radio Communication Tester for FR1 and FR2 Frequency Bands
The R&S®CMX500 from Rohde & Schwarz is a 5G NR Radio Communication Tester for the FR1 and FR2 frequency bands. It can handle all signaling use cases for mobile communications devices, from early R&D design to final integration, verification and performance tests, final product validation in a test house, quality assurance, and repair.
The modular hardware architecture can be configured for basic use cases such as RF parameter measurements, measurements under fading conditions, and performance measurements with maximum data rates. Users can access all signaling events and logs at any time. Read more.
Wireless Test Platform for 5G-NR FR1/FR2 RedCap and Cellular IoT Applications
The E7515R UXM from Keysight Technologies is a 5G Wireless Test Platform that is optimized for 5G-NR RedCap and Cellular IoT (CIoT) testing. It supports the 3GPP 5G-NR Rel-17 and enables users to establish a 5G call with a device under test (DUT) and perform RF, protocol, functional, and performance tests to ensure standards-compliance and user experience of the device. This test platform supports FR1 frequency bands up to 6 GHz (FR2-ready) and includes 2 Tx (downlink) and 2 Rx (uplink) ports with bandwidths of 100 MHz. It supports the entire device development workflow, from early design and development through acceptance and certification testing, manufacturing, and repair. Read more.
Portable Field Tester for Base-Station Ethernet/CPRI/OTDR Measurements
The MT1000A from Anritsu is an All-in-One Portable Field Tester that supports 5G base-station interface eCPRI/RoE throughput and delay measurements as well as high-accuracy time synchronization tests. It provides everything needed to install and maintain communication networks in a rugged, field portable package. This test solution can be used to verify fiber installation and fiber loss characteristics. It has a modular design and can be configured with an array of transport testing functions and OTDR modules. Read more
6.5/8 GHz Low-Power Automotive Grade UWB Module
The AU30Q from Quectel Wireless Solutions is an Automotive Grade UWB Module that supports UWB channels 5 (6.5 GHz) and 9 (8 GHz). It conforms to the Car Connectivity Consortium specification, is fully aligned with the FiRa PHY, MAC, and certification development, and is also compliant with IEEE 802.15.4-2015 and IEEE 802.15.4z BPRF standards. This module has an internal antenna and includes a reliable SPI interface to provide UWB location capability, thereby achieving low-power, high-precision, and data transmission. Read more
5G NR Beamforming RFIC from 24.25 to 29.5 GHz
The TRB02801 from Sivers Semiconductors is a 5G NR Beamforming RFIC that operates from 24.25 to 29.5 GHz. This RFIC has integrated T/R-switches, linear power, and low noise amplifier and features RF tiling of multiple transceivers for large array antenna configurations. It supports more than 256 QAM OFDM modulation with flexible channelization.
The TRB02801 is a 32-port (2x16 H+V) beamforming transceiver which enable two data streams supporting 2 MIMO layers. It is designed for 3GPP NR 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) applications and delivers speeds up to 5 Gbps. Read more
FR1/FR2 Up/Down Frequency Converter IC for 5G Applications
The MOBX222 from Mobix Lab is an Up/Down Frequency Converter IC that supports FR1 Baseband, C-Band (CBRS), and FR2 mmWave frequencies. It enables the use of input/output frequencies of DC – 800 MHz and 2.3 – 7 GHz IFs for up/down conversions to mmWave frequencies of 24.25 – 49 GHz. This IC includes a switch matrix that allows up/down conversions between 5G C-band and baseband signals for transmitting and receiving, and the FR1 Tx path integrates a high-linearity power amplifier and an RF power detector circuit. It is designed on 28 nm bulk CMOS process and provides device flexibility for various 5G applications by allowing for interoperability across frequency bands. Read more
2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 Companion IC for IoT Applications
The nRF7002 from Nordic Semiconductor is a 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 Companion IC for low-power and secure IoT applications. It is designed to provide seamless Wi-Fi connectivity and Wi-Fi-based location (SSID sniffing of local Wi-Fi hubs) alongside Nordic’s existing products. This IC has 1 spatial stream (SS) and a channel bandwidth of 20 MHz. It supports up to 86 Mbps of PHY throughput using the 64 QAM (MCS7) modulation technique. This IC supports OFDMA technology in both downlink and uplink along with BSS colouring feature. Read more
28 GHz Low-Latency RF Repeater for 5G Base Stations
The Pivot 5G from Pivotal Commware is an RF Repeater for extending, redirecting, and shaping mmWave signals from 5G base stations on demand with low latency. It operates from 27.50 to 28.35 GHz and is available as donor units with a range of more than 1000 ft, and as three types of service units. The donor unit and the narrow beam type service unit utilize antennas based on Pivotal’s patented Holographic Beam Forming (HBF) technology to achieve a low cost, size, weight and power consumption profile. The medium and wide beam type service units use horn antennas. Read more
Real-Time & Continuous Spectrum Intelligence Platform
The Spectrum eXperience Management (SXM) System from thinkRF is a real-time wireless infrastructure monitoring/intelligence platform. It provides continuous monitoring of all major 4G and 5G parameters with immediate notification of any new, changed, or discontinued deployments in an area.
SXM comprises of powerful thinkRF sensors (SXM nodes) to collect RF spectrum data, a cloud to store data with maximum cybersecurity, and an insightful software (SXM API) that provides advanced analytics to users. Read more
Transparent Antennas for Wi-Fi and 5G/4G Cellular Applications
The TFX series from Taoglas are transparent (invisible) antennas that operate from 617 to 5925 MHz for 4G/5G cellular applications and 2400 to 7125 MHz for Wi-Fi application. These linearly polarized antennas have an omnidirectional radiation pattern and provide an efficiency of up to 60% with an input power handling of 2 W. They can be used as an alternative to standard flexible PCB antennas where the antenna is to be installed in a covert area or on a surface that needs to be kept visible. Read more
Cellular LTE-M/NB-IoT Chipset with Support for 3GPP Release 15-17
The ALT1350 from Sony Semiconductor Israel is a Cellular LTE-M/NB-IoT Chipset that enables additional LPWA communication protocols as well as satellite connectivity (NTN). This chipset has a sub-GHz and 2.4 GHz integrated transceiver that utilizes IEEE 802.15.4-based protocols such as Wi-Sun, U-Bus Air, and wM-Bus in additional point-to-point and mesh technologies. It incorporates a sensor hub to collect data from the sensors and provides cellular and Wi-Fi-based positioning. This chipset supports the 3GPP Release 15 LTE-M/NB-IoT software stack and has future compatibility with 3GPP release 17 to ensure operation with 5G networks. Read more
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