Anritsu launches 5G measurement software options for its signal analyser

Anritsu has launched 5G measurement software options for its signal analyser, MS2850A, which are compliant with the 3GPP 5G New Radio (5G NR) standard. With the software, the MS2850A provides engineers with a cost-efficient and accurate solution to verify the radio frequency (RF) Tx characteristics of next-generation 5G base stations and mobile devices, as well as satellite communication equipment and wideband communication systems.

Developed specifically for the design and manufacture of 5G NR radio equipment, the software options support the analysis of both the uplink and downlink signals used by sub-6 GHz frequencies as well as mmWave bands, such as 28 GHz and 39 GHz, in the 5G NR standard. With the software installed, the MS2850A allows engineers to specify combinations of multiple component carriers up to 400 MHz and sub-carrier intervals. Fast and stable signal analysis measurements of key parameters such as Tx power, frequency error and error vector magnitude are supported by the MS2850A with the software installed.

Five software options are included in the release. These are the MX285051A M5G standard measurement software, the MX285051A-011/061 NR test-driven deployment (TDD) sub-6 GHz downlink and uplink packages, and the MX285051A-021/071 NR TDD mmWave downlink/uplink options.

With a wide dynamic range of up to 140 dB, an excellent amplitude/phase flatness, and analysis bandwidth of up to 1 GHz, the MS2850A provides high-end performance at a mid-range price for improved cost-of-test. The signal analyser function uses fast fourier transform analysis that supports spectrum displays, spectrogram displays, and applications where frequency and phase change with elapsed time.

Keysight Technologies launches automotive radar signal analysis and generation solution

Keysight Technologies has launched the Keysight E8740A automotive radar signal analysis and generation solution. This solution enables radar-based advanced driver assistance systems to proactively detect and mitigate risks of collisions. Automotive radar applications are now an indispensable part of advanced driver assistance systems for both manned and autonomous vehicles.
The E8740A leverages Keysight’s mmWave technology providing signal analysis from 3 Hz to 110 GHz in a continuous sw­eep. It analyses and generates automotive radar signals across full frequency ranges for 24 GHz, 77 GHz and 79 GHz radars, and provides a scalable analysis bandwidth from 2.5 GHz to 5 GHz, depending on test requirements.

The E8740A offers a scalable test platform that covers present and future frequencies and bandwidths with intuitive tools, enabling engineers to rapidly identify, isolate or correct crucial design errors with confidence. The solution delivers precise measurements that offer greater sensitivity and a dynamic range to ensure a better signal-to-noise ratio, with displayed average noise levels of 150 dBm up to 110 GHz. It also uses Keysight’s System Vue automotive radar library (W1908) to generate frequency-modulated continuous waveforms and scenarios.

EXFO launches integrated test system for passive component characterisation

EXFO has la­un­­ched a test sys­tem for in­ser­­tion loss (IL) and return loss (RL) measurement for a wide variety of passive components, including photonics integrated circuits. Integrating cutting-edge technology, EXFO’s CTP10 can be used by research scientists to extensively characterise components or in automated mode for high volume production.

With the increasing demand for photonics integrated circuits composed of hundreds of passive components and the constant pressure to reduce network equipment costs, passive component manufacturers are looking for effective testing solutions to reduce their testing time without sacrificing accuracy and reliability. The new CTP10 component test platform offers the capability to measure IL and RL in a single sweep up to 1,000 nanometres per second.
EXFO’s CTP10 offers research and development and manufacturing teams working with photonics integrated circuits and next-generation passive optical network components the flexibility, accuracy and speed to test thousands of components.

Cambium Networks launches Wi-Fi wall plate solution

Cambium Networks has launched the new cnPilot e430W, a cloud-managed enterprise Wi-Fi wall plate access point. Supporting the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard, the access point is best suited for providing connectivity at hotels, resorts and multi-dwelling units (MDUs). The wall-mounted access point is equipped with multiple gigabit Ethernet (GigE) ports to drive indoor Wi-Fi and wired port network access via managed portals.

The system offers high-end performance at an affordable price. From a single, visually attractive device, a hotel can provide its clients Wi-Fi access, wired access to internet protocol television (IPTV), and voice over internet protocol circuits to in-room telephones.

The cnPilot e430W features the dual-band 802.11ac Wave 2 standard with 2×2 MU-MIMO technology. It has a Bluetooth low energy radio to enable presence-based services and four GigE ports for connecting wired clients such as personal computers and IPTV. It also features a power over Ethernet out port for powering in-room IP phones.

The e430 complements the e410 and e600 indoor, and the e500 outdoor Wi-Fi access points to provide a complete wireless networking solution for hospitality and MDU network operators.

Mellanox Technologies launches an open and flexible Ethernet network operating system

Mellanox Technologies has launched Mellanox Onyx, an open and flexible Ethernet network operating system for Mellanox spectrum open Ethernet switches. The Onyx succeeds MLNX-OS as a next-generation Ethernet network operating system and is a natural choice for cloud, hyper-scale, enterprise, media and entertainment, storage, and high-performance Ethernet-based interconnect applications.
According to the company, Onyx brings management, provisioning, automation and network visibility to data centres and cloud infrastructures, to deliver improved scalability, performance and overall returns on investment. It also offers a mature Layer 3 feature set with integrated support for standard DevOps tools, allowing customers to run third-party containerised applications with complete software development kit (SDK) access.

The Onyx derives its rich Layer 3 feature set from an industry-proven software stack. The base operating system comes with built-in dynamic routing protocols such as the border gateway protocol/Open Shortest Path First. With a robust control plane and 64-way equal cost multi-path routing support, Onyx-based platforms can be used to construct large scale-out L3 fabrics for data centres.
In addition to supporting standard DevOps tools like Ansible and Puppet, it has smart hooks to automate network provisioning for high-performance workloads such as storage and artificial intelligence. Customers can run containerised applications on the switch system itself while having complete access to the silicon SDK and the operating system’s application programming interface.
Mellanox’s Onyx enables buffer and link monitoring that leverages Mellanox Spectrum’s unique silicon-level capabilities. The additional telemetry and visibility features can be used to debug congestion and micro-burst issues in large networks.

Spirent Communications launches the Attero-100G, a high speed network emulator

Spirent Communications has launched an impairment test solution for verification of Ethernet products and networks at 25 GbE. The Spirent Attero-100G now has a 25 GbE delay emulator that enables eq­uipment manufacturers to emulate a network or its elements with precision, accuracy and repeatability, while also supporting the testing of Ethernet switches, routers and networks at rates of up to 100 GbE.
According to the company, 25 GbE is increasingly being used as a key interface in data centres and new 5G networks for front-haul between the remote radio head and the centralised baseband units. These new interfaces must be verified so that delays in transmitting critical financial data and sensitive video traffic do not cause problems. The Attero-100G is reportedly the first test solution to offer full line rate emulation to provide the measurements required for 25 GbE compliance.
Spirent’s Attero-100G high-speed network emulator supports full line-rate network simulation with precise full line-rate delay of up to 1024 ms at 25 GbE, with packet jitter to nanosecond accuracy, as well as lost, misordered, errored and repeated packets, and up to 16 profiles to configure and inject impairments.

Rohde & Schwarz launches compact amplifier for latest-generation satellite uplinks

Rohde & Schwarz has launched the R&S PKU100, a compact amplifier for latest-generation satellite up­links. The device uses solid state output stages throughout and offers an alternative to conventional tube technology.

According to the company, the R&S PKU100 is as light, compact and energy efficient as conventional tube amplifiers and, therefore, superior to comparable semiconductor-based products. The R&S PKU100 offers adaptive linearisation, which improves signal quality, enabling network operators to transmit significantly more data over the same signal bandwidth. The amplifier offers excellent efficiency, reducing operating costs.

The R&S PKU100 is available in indoor and outdoor versions. It can be used in ground stations and satellite news gathering vehicles. If fitted with an optional redundant power supply, the R&S PKU100 will continue to operate should one of the power supplies fail.

The solid state amplifier comes in the 400 W and 750 W versions, each with a frequency range from 12.75 GHz to 13.25 GHz, and 13.75 GHz to 14.5 GHz, covering the Ku-band. It can also be fitted with a block-up converter, allowing low frequency L-band signals to be processed and converted to Ku-band. The amplifier can be controlled remotely since it supports all common standards such as a web interface, simple network management protocol, RS-232 and parallel input/output interfaces.