Software packages extend wireless test set for next-gen mobile devices

Software packages for the Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A are designed to deliver higher line productivity and lower costs. According to Anritsu, expand the measurement standards supported by the Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A, enabling fast and fully automatic testing in accordance with the IEEE 802.11ax test specifications.

The new packages are the WLAN 802.11ax Tx measurement MX887033A and WLAN 802.11ax waveform files MV887033A for evaluating IEEE 802.11ax devices, along with a full automatic measurement program. 

According to Anritsu, installing these packages in the MT8870A offers the world’s first turnkey system for production-line testing of IEEE 802.11ax standard-compliant devices with the world’s fastest fully automated testing of RF TRx characteristics for up to 16 devices simultaneously. The full automatic measurement program eliminates the need to develop customer control programs, helping increase productivity and cut costs, adds the company.

IEEE 802.11ax is a next-generation WLAN standard developed to improve average data throughput in locations with high client device densities, such as offices, sports stadiums and railway stations. It is currently under review by the IEEE 802.11ax Task Group (TG), targeting release as an international standard in 2019. Key markets for the IEEE 801.11ax standard are mobile terminals, and the standard is expected to see widespread adoption by smartphones, tablets, augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR) equipment and automotive. However, since these products also support cellular standards other than WLAN, effective testing of both WLAN and cellular functions is a key issue for equipment vendors, notes Anritsu.

Anritsu already offers its Universal Wireless Test Set MT8870A as an automatic test solution for cellular device production lines, supporting the WLAN IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/p measurement standards. It believes that adding support for IEEE 802.11ax will provide an efficient measurement solution for all WLAN standards.

The Universal Test Set MT8870A is targeted at production-line measurements of wireless equipment and modules. Four high-performance test units are installed in the main frame and each of these four units supports fully independent parallel simultaneous measurement of up to four wireless devices.

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