7100 Digital Radio Test Set

By: Aeroflex  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Digital Radio, Digital Radio Test Set

LTE network emulator for testing the RF, baseband and protocol layers of wireless devices supporting multiple Radio Access Technologies.

  • LTE FDD and TDD signalling network emulation
  • Development and Call-Box modes of operation
  • Broad RF test coverage
    • Comprehensive suite of RF parametric measurements
    • Extensive preconfigured 36.521 RF Test Case coverage
    • TTCN-3 support
  • 6 GHz frequency range, covering all LTE spectrum allocations and bandwidths
  • Protocol logging and analysis
  • Multi-cell and Inter-RAT handover support
  • Multi-RAT testing: LTE, eHRPD, 1xRTT, GERAN, HSPA and TD-SCDMA
  • Functional testing
  • End-to-end IP packet data test
  • Integrated Fading/AWGN option
  • MIMO 4x4 - Coming Soon
  • Automation support using remote APIs
  • Embedded controller PC with Windows┬« XP
  • State of the art 12" touch-screen GUI

The Aeroflex 7100 Digital Radio Test Set provides all the tools required during the design, development and test stages of UE chip sets and terminals meeting 3GPP Rel-8 standards.

The 7100 Digital Radio Test Set is used by RF developers, protocol stack teams, integration test groups and pre-conformance labs that are developing sub-systems and integrated designs that meet the requirements of the LTE standards. The 7100 also supports end-of-production-line manufacturing test, allowing sample tests on high-volume production lines to be executed. These teams benefit from the ease of use, comprehensive test capability, speed and low cost of ownership offered by the 7100.

The 7100 simulates the E-UTRAN and EPC (Enhanced Packet Core) to provide a realistic test environment for LTE terminals. Test procedures control the characteristics of the simulated network to allow a wide range of repeatable test scenarios to be created. An optional integrated Fading Simulator and AWGN source is available, allowing real-world signal conditions to be created in the lab.

LTE Development Mode for detailed protocol logging and analysis
Aimed at protocol stack development and integration, the 7100 Development Mode provides advanced logging capabilities for L1, L2 and L3 protocol layer to debug and resolve issues during development. Message filtering and search functions are provided to facilitate navigation. Customized test scenarios using all LTE sub-layers can be easily created with the Scenario Wizard using the simple drag-and-drop graphical interface.

LTE Call Box Mode for functional and application tests
All the key measurements are provided for characterizing the performance of LTE mobile devices, both at the radio interface and throughout the protocol stack, including the PCDP and IMS layers. End-to-end performance can be accurately assessed, along with correct idle mode and connected mode behavior with the 7100's Network Simulation mode. Call Box mode features a test campaign manager facility which enables test sequences to be defined and run from the 7100 touch-screen GUI.

LTE Physical Layer testing and RF parametric tests
The 7100's Vector Signal Analyzer/Vector Signal Generator (VSA/VSG mode) provides a comprehensive set of RF parametric tests for characterization of LTE transmitters and receivers. A large selection of LTE RF test cases defined in 3GPP 36.521 are provided for both FDD and TDD modes of operation.

Data throughput tests under real-world conditions
The 7100 combines LTE baseband fading, AWGN and built-in RRM tests to enable simulation of a wide variety of real-world signal conditions in the lab. The innovative software-defined radio techniques employed not only reduce the cost of adding fading to a test environment, but also allow testing to be completed earlier in the design cycle to reduce expensive redesigns later on and to reduce the cost and time spent on field trials.

Handover and Multi-RAT testing
The 7100 Digital Radio Test Set enables emulation of inter-RAT system selection and system reselection procedures. Handover between LTE and any of the supported wireless standards can be achieved with a single 7100 Radio Test Set. Inter-RAT handover between the non-LTE standards, 2G and 3G, is also supported by extension of the system.

Automated test development environments
The 7100 provides open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) which facilitate complete control for development of test scripts. The 7100 BSE Command Line Interface provides a fine degree of control in manipulating the L1/L2 layers and the full protocol stack. The BSE Application Programming Interface provides generic functions to configure and control the RRC/NAS layer, generate test scenarios, capture parametric measurement results, and control logging.

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Keywords: Digital Radio, Digital Radio Test Set

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