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First single-system protocol analyzer for Bluetooth technology and Wi-Fi 6E

09 August 2021
Source: Teledyne LeCroy

Teledyne LeCroy, a provider of protocol test solutions, is pleased to announce the Frontline X500 wireless protocol analyzer, a one-box solution providing time-correlated captures of Bluetooth Basic Rate (BR), Extended Data Rate (EDR), Low Energy (LE), Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) and 802.15.4-based technologies such as Zigbee and Thread.

"With nearly five billion Bluetooth enabled devices shipping annually, our ecosystem relies on test and measurement equipment to validate designs for interoperability and conformance," said Mark Powell, CEO, Bluetooth SIG. "We are pleased to see companies like Teledyne LeCroy continue to aid Bluetooth developers in testing and troubleshooting devices as they create exciting new Bluetooth-enabled innovations across the world."

The Frontline X500 wideband and multi-radio design, coupled with Teledyne LeCroy's Wireless Protocol Suite software, delivers reliable capture, decryption and decoding in complex multi-technology test environments, with market-leading support for the latest Wi-Fi technologies. The Frontline X500 is designed to capture and display full wireless protocol frames of Wi-Fi 5, (802.11ac, up to four client multiple input-multiple output (MIMO)) and Wi-Fi 6/6E (802.11ax, up to two client MIMO) in a time-correlated view. Such co-existence analysis helps to reveal potential issues, errors, interference or conflicts in the wireless trace, as well as to identify device performance enhancement opportunities. Additional flexibility comes from its ability to analyze the latest audio codecs that run over Bluetooth LE, as well as its 24-channels of logic analysis, capability to capture synchronously with other Teledyne LeCroy protocol analyzers, and software APIs for test automation.

Multiple wireless communication standards have proliferated into internet-of-things (IoT), automotive, smart cities and buildings and consumer electronics. The roll-out of technologies like mesh networks, location-based services, new audio codecs, as well as the addition of new frequency bands allows for new and improved applications and services, but also adds complexity to the design and test of devices used in these wireless networks. To debug and validate the integration of multiple wireless technologies, design and test engineers require flexible protocol test tools capable of testing multiple wireless technologies simultaneously to ensure connectivity, performance, and interoperability with other systems.

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