A modular RF hardware upgrade for Anritsu’s MT8000A radio communication test station extends FR1 coverage from 0.4 GHz to 7.125 GHz. The modular architecture of the MT8000A enables all-in-one 5G NR testing in both the FR1 (to 7.125 GHz) and FR2 (millimeter wave) bands.
The MT8000A-033 optional module provides a built-in RF transceiver with up to 16 transmit and 8 receive channels. It supports carrier aggregation over four bands for 5G 4×4 MIMO standalone (SA) and new radio dual connectivity (NR-DC), which combines FR1 and FR2 component carriers to achieve higher bandwidth. According to Anritsu, the MT8000A is the industry’s first single measurement instrument to support the various 5G R&D test requirements, including increasingly complex uplink tests.
Outfitted with the new RF module, the MT8000A platform not only covers the FR1 band, but also future new radio unlicensed (NR-U) and licensed 6-GHz bands. This allows flexible testing of various frequency-band combinations to improve test efficiency.
The MT8000A test station performs RF, protocol, and application tests, as well as beam verification and characterization tests. It supports both non-standalone (NSA) and SA base station simulation functions required for the development of 5G chipsets and user equipment. In addition to covering all frequency bands used for 5G services, the MT8000A supports 3GPP Release 16 specifications.
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