Designing the Future of 5G Test Today
The promise of 5G is significantly greater mobile speeds for real-time connectivity for mission-critical applications. 5G has the potential to connect billions of IoT devices with a wide variety of speed and data volume requirements.
Engineers developing 5G are looking at phased arrays and may have >60 radio frequencies to handle in the same device, which places an enormous technical and economic load on manufacturers’ automated test equipment and processes.
In both engineering characterization and production, the challenge of testing 5G devices is how to test a broad spectrum including higher frequencies while maintaining high throughput. With the significant increase in test content that 5G brings, we are developing ways to provide fast, accurate measurements on 5G devices and accelerate time to market.
Like all technological advancements, supporting 5G developments requires an array of tools to ensure the end products meet expectations. It has required significant performance advances in chip technology and manufacturing processes—all the while keeping price/performance at an economically viable level.