Keysight Technologies and Samsung have entered into a technology collaboration on 5G development and testing to enable design and deployment of 5G devices to support early operator trials.

With the first set of 5G specifications based on Verizon’s 5GTF now in place, first trial networks are currently being deployed. Keysight and Samsung have been working closely since September of last year to align their respective product portfolios around the specification and build an ecosystem of interoperable products.

Interoperability alignment

“Our customers are looking for a wide range of millimetre wave over-the-air solutions with superior performance to bring 5G applications to market,” said Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Wireless Devices segment.

“As we begin to transition to a new generation of wireless technologies, it’s growing more important that we establish industry alignment. With 5G, this is more important than ever, as we’re tapping into an area of the radio spectrum that has been a big unknown for the mobile industry,” said Woojune Kim, vice president of Next-Generation Strategy, Samsung Electronics.

 
5GTF testing Verizon (cr) Figure 1: The 5G specifications facilitate early 5G trials and deployments, and provide the wireless industry with the ability to test and validate key 5G technical components.  

Mainstreaming 5G

In addition to critical interoperability testing around the 5GTF specification, the cooperation between the companies is seen as an important step for accelerating ecosystem growth and for scaling the equipment verification and production process. For Samsung, compatibility of its products with Keysight’s simulation and analysis portfolio is a critical step towards enabling rapid manufacturing of 5G equipment.

“5G is a revolution and an evolution,” said Satish Dhanasekaran, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Wireless Devices and Operators Group. “It is critical to tap into the millimetre wave spectrum to support the needs of future applications, while ensuring coexistence of current networks and services."

The companies will initially focus on 5GTF specifications, but future collaboration will include work being done in 3GPP NR.