Wideband test suite supports FiRa Consortium PHY conformance

Rohde & Schwarz has added an ultra-wideband (UWB) PHY test suite for the R&S CMP200 radio communication tester. A PHY conformance test tool (PCTT) supports conformance testing of the UWB PHY layer as specified by the FiRa Consortium.

The FiRa Certification Program is intended to support interoperability of UWB-enabled devices on different layers. This includes physical layer conformance testing performed by FiRa Authorized Test Laboratories (ATLs). 

The FiRa-validated UWB PCTT supports further development of an open and standardised UWB ecosystem. UWB-enabled devices can accurately and securely measure the distance and direction of connected devices. These capabilities make UWB a suitable technology for indoor navigation, social distancing, hands-free access, asset tracking, ticket validation, mobile payment and point-and-trigger applications. 

Rohde & Schwarz collaborates with industry partners and organisations like the FiRa Consortium to develop UWB test suites for R&D, certification, chipset characterisation and production. The set of UWB test capabilities of the R&S CMP200 radio communication tester are controlled by the new UWB PHY test suite for test automation to allow flexible pre-conformance testing. It also offers an option to run as a PCTT for FiRa certification.

Christoph Pointner, senior vice president for mobile radio testers at Rohde & Schwarz, said the company is pleased to support the FiRa Consortium in its efforts to establish a strong certification framework for an open UWB ecosystem by providing a validated physical layer test tool.


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