NI, Samsung collaborate on 5G New radio interoperability device testing for 28 GHz

Wednesday 21 February 2018 | 11:59 CET | News

National Instruments (NI) announced plans to collaborate with Samsung Electronics to develop 5G test UEs for 5G New Radio (NR). The first public demonstration of this collaboration will show Samsung’s 28 GHz base station communicating with a NI test UE at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. The NI and Samsung demonstration will be shown in Samsung’s booth at MWC. 

To ensure interoperability to the 5NR standard, the two companies agreed to collaborate on interoperability device testing (IODT) in which Samsung’s 5G NR-capable commercial base station connects with a test UE developed by NI at 28 GHz over the air and in real time. The NI test UE exchanges messages with the base station to establish a link and then validates the downlink functionality and performance as dictated by the 3GPP. The test UE uses NI’s 28 GHz mmWave Transceiver System with a compliant 5G NR Phase 1 protocol stack developed using LabVIEW system design software.

The tests will help create the pillars for the creation a 5G ecosystem, NI said in a press release. The 3GPP officially released a first draft of the 5G NR standard in December 2017.

This collaboration will explore the 5G NR standard at maximum throughput levels using the full available bandwidth and maximum number of component carriers (eight) in a full 2x2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) configuration. 

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