Network emulation solutions help usher in commercial 5G smartphones

Posted By : Mick Elliott

A collaboration between Keysight Technologies and Motorola Mobility, will support the mobile device manufacturer in development of its first 5G new radio (NR) enabled smartphone operating in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum. The upcoming launch of Motorola's new smartphone represents a key industry milestone resulting from Motorola and Keysight's collaboration on 5G network emulation solutions for early 5G device prototyping, development and device design validation.

Motorola's moto z3 smartphone with 5G moto mod leverages Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 modem and 5G NR mmWave technology to deliver significantly faster peak download speeds compared to today's wireless technology.

The collaboration also resulted in the compliance of Motorola's devices with 3GPP standards and carrier customer requirements. Keysight's 5G network emulation solution leverages Keysight’s UXM 5G wireless test platform to support comprehensive device validation across protocol, RF frequency (RF), and radio resource management (RRM) in both sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum.

"We are excited to play a key role in enabling the commercial introduction of the first wave of 5G smartphones operating in mmWave spectrum," said Scott Bryden, vice president of wireless device solutions at Keysight Technologies. "Leading device manufacturers, including Motorola, recognise the benefits of collaborating with a proven 5G partner that offers depth of technology, solutions and global support required to deliver an accelerated and intense development phase."

Keysight's 5G network emulation solution will be used by Motorola to showcase the full capabilities of its new 5G smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (February 25-28).

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