Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced joint efforts with Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, that resulted in the industry's first Global Certification Forum (GCF) validation of 5G New Radio (NR) conformance test cases for radio frequency (RF) demodulation and radio resource management (RRM) in non-standalone (NSA) mode for frequency range (FR) 1.
Keysight used its 5G RF/RRM Conformance Toolset to achieve this industry first milestone, which accelerates global certification of 5G devices. This achievement was confirmed at the Conformance Agreement Group (CAG) #59 meeting, which took place July 16 and 17, 2019 in Malaga, Spain. The close collaboration between Keysight and Qualcomm Technologies on 5G technology development contributes to Keysight's continued momentum around 5G conformance test case coverage.
"We are pleased to report another industry-first of 3GPP RF demodulation and RRM test cases," said Muthu Kumaran, senior director at Keysight Technologies. "As a result, device makers can launch 5G devices based on the latest 5G NR specifications and ensure these devices perform as expected in next generation mobile networks."
Keysight's 5G RF/RRM Conformance Toolset is part of the company's suite of 5G network emulation solutions. It enables mobile operators, chipset and device manufacturers, as well as test labs, to validate new devices across the workflow, from early design to acceptance and manufacturing for both FR1 and FR2. The solution suite leverages the company's UXM 5G Wireless Platform to provide early access to a comprehensive range of test cases on a common platform.
"Our work with Keysight, a leader in 5G technology, has resulted in another significant industry breakthrough," said Prashant Dogra, vice president, engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "Early access to GCF validated test cases can enable device makers and mobile operators to help ensure end-users can access a superior 5G experience."
In June 2019, Keysight's 5G network emulation solutions were used by Qualcomm Technologies to successfully demonstrate the world's first 5G PC powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 8cx 5G Compute Platform at Computex, a leading global ICT and IoT show in Taipei, Taiwan.