RF conformance test system supports 2G to 5G on a single platform

An updated version of the R&S TS8980 RF test system means it can now perform a broad range of 5G device certification tests. There are 572 new Global Certification Forum (GCF) validations and 215 new PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB) validations for the updated R&S TS8980FTA-3A.

Compliance with GCF and PTCRB certification requirements ensures that handsets operate as specified in various networks. Following the recent test case validations for a number of 5G frequency bands and band combinations, the R&S TS8980FTA-3A now fulfills 23 test platform approval criteria (TPAC) for GCF work items and can therefore be used for a wide range of device certification and testing applications.

The R&S TS8980 can be used to test all radio access technologies for GSM, WCDMA, LTE and 5G, and is a tool for consistent RF tests from R&D to conformance testing. The integrated test system, operated by the R&S Contest sequencer software, offers high efficiency and precise, reproducible measurement results, says Rohde & Schwarz. When combined with the R&S CMX500 radio communication tester, the R&S TS8980 offers a n upgrade path to 5G. The R&S TS8980 RF conformance test system family is claimed to be the only one on the market that supports mobile technologies from 2G all the way up to 5G on a single platform.


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