Keysight Technologies Inc. has announced a 5G protocol test product to support chipset and device manufacturers developing the next generation of cellular devices. Keysight is currently working with mobile operators on early trials and 5G deployments.

20170605_Keysight 5G test Figure 1: The 5G Protocol R&D Toolset ensures cost-effective development with key performance indicators (KPI) statistics.

According to Keysight, its 5G Protocol R&D Toolset covers the diverse global spectrum requirements specified in the pre-5G and 3GPP 5G NR standards. The 5G toolset allows testing of advanced 5G features, including beamforming at mm-Wave frequencies, as well as protocol testing with full access to layer 1 and layer 2 parameters. The built-in protocol state machine enables developers to create and execute test cases, debug errors, and analyse results, thereby streamlining the 5G device workflow.

20170605_5G test feature Figure 2: Another feature of the toolset is that it has customisable filters to allow different teams to investigate issue efficiently.

Keysight also noted that its 5G network emulation solutions offer valuable insights into the performance of prototypes—enabling developers make informed decisions about their designs. Satish Dhanasekaran, vice president and general manager, Wireless Test, Keysight Technologies noted, "With the launch of the industry's first 5G protocol R&D toolset, developers will gain the ability to seamlessly prototype designs as they migrate from pre-5G to 5G NR."