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Keysight launches wireless test platform for 5G RedCap and cellular IoT industry progression

22 February 2023

Keysight Technologies, Inc. has announced its new E7515R solution based on its 5G Network Emulation Solutions platform, a streamlined network emulator specifically designed for protocol, radio frequency (RF), and functional testing of all cellular internet of things (CIoT) technologies, including RedCap. The E7515R expands Keysight’s 5G Network Emulation Solutions portfolio, the industry’s most robust, which is used in mobile device validation across the workflow, from early design to acceptance and deployment.

The 5G RedCap specification introduces support for wireless devices with reduced 5G capabilities. These devices are less complex, and consume less power, allowing them to address new CIoT use cases such asSource: Keysight Technologies Inc.Source: Keysight Technologies Inc. industrial sensors and wearables such as smartwatches. Like other cellular devices, RedCap devices require time-consuming and expensive certification from accredited labs before they can be released to the market. By performing lab validation ahead of time to identify and correct design issues, device and module manufacturers can shorten the certification process for RedCap and other CIoT devices.

Called E7515R UXM, the network emulation test platform is built specifically for the 5G RedCap specification and without the additional capabilities needed to test a full spec 5G device.

Specifically, the platform:

  • Offers RF, protocol, functional and performance testing in a single instrument.
  • Builds on the same hardware architecture as other Keysight 5G platforms and uses the same software employed by E7515B platform.
  • Supports the entire RedCap device development workflow – from early design and development through acceptance and certification testing.

The release of the E7515R solution builds on Keysight’s ongoing achievements supporting RedCap device development, including establishing a data call using the 5G RedCap specification. Through this demonstration, Keysight’s 5G Network Emulation Solutions validated RedCap connectivity on a 5G chipset.

Keysight will demonstrate the solution’s 5G RedCap network emulation capabilities at Mobile World Congress 2023, Hall 5 Stand 5E12.

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