Keysight Technologies has gained Global Certification Forum (GFC) approval for 5G New Radio (NR) Non-Standalone (NSA) test cases, enabling the mobile ecosystem to accelerate protocol and radio frequency (RF) device certification. The company's 5G Conformance Toolset, which supports both Protocol and RF/RRM achieved GCF approval on January 16, 2019 at the recent Conformance and Interoperability Agreement Group meeting.
The toolset, part of Keysight's 5G network emulation solution portfolio, has obtained approval for both GCF and PTCRB device certification and supports the industry's widest range of GCF RF and protocol 5G NR NSA test cases and frequency band combinations.
Protocol and RF conformance tests are a key enabler for chipset, device manufacturers and test labs to validate the performance of new 5G designs.
"Keysight is committed to continuing our close collaborations with key industry stakeholders and dominant contributions to the 3GPP standard for 5G NR device validation. This has driven our industry-leading positions with both GCF and PTCRB test validations," said Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of Keysight's wireless test group. "Keysight's 5G solutions for full radio frequency and protocol conformance testing enable the mobile ecosystem to confidently evolve with the latest 5G NR standards, as defined by 3GPP and adopted in the GCF and PTCRB certification schemes."
Last month, Keysight announced that the company's 5G Conformance Tool Set was first to gain both 3GPP RAN5 and PTCRB approval for 5G NR device certification. This suite of 5G network emulation solutions leverage Keysight’s UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform to address device development workflow from early design to acceptance and manufacturing.
The compact solution supports the device certification process and scales to facilitate mobile device verification, as well as certification across RF, radio resource management (RRM) and protocol.
The toolset also enables users to certify new designs across both FR1 (sub-6GHz frequencies) and FR2 (mmWave frequencies).