Network emulator for RF and RedCap is released by Keysight
Designed specifically for all cellular IoT (CIoT) technologies, including the 5G RedCap specification, the E7515R is Keysight Technologies’ wireless test platform for chipset, device and module makers. The network emulation platform supports the development workflow from early design and development to deployment, said Keysight.
The E7515R is based on the company’s 5G Network Emulation Solutions platform, a streamlined network emulator specifically designed for protocol, radio frequency (RF), and functional testing of all CIoT technologies.
The E7515R features streamlined capabilities for RedCap without the additional features needed to test a full-spec 5G device. The integrated platform combines RF, protocol, functional, and performance testing in a compact footprint.
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 as 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 early, to identify and correct design issues, device and module manufacturers can shorten the certification process for RedCap and other CIoT devices, said Keysight.
The E7515R supports 5G Release 17 RedCap and legacy CIoT technologies, including Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), LTE Category M, and LTE Cat-1bis.
The E7515R is built on the same architecture as Keysight’s 5G Network Emulation Solutions platform. The E7515R also uses the same software, providing workflow consistency and reduced learning curves.
The E7515R is shipping now and Keysight will demonstrate the solution’s 5G RedCap network emulation capabilities at MWC 2023 in Barcelona (27 February to 02 March): Hall 5 Stand 5E12.
Keysight delivers design and validation products across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimisation and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defence, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets.