High-performance automated measurement and automated test system developer NI, has reportedly made it to the headlines for having announced a new, real-time 5G NR (New Radio) test UE offering. The NI Test UE offering basically features a 3GPP Release 15 NSA (non-standalone) compliant system that is capable of emulating the entire operational process of end-user devices (user equipment).
With the 5G connectivity rolling out commercially this year, engineers are required to validate the functionality and design of the 5G New Radio infrastructure equipment much prior to the productization and release. The NI Test UE offering, on the basis of the rugged PXI Express platform, aids customers to test prototypes in the field as well as in the lab in order to evaluate the same on the networks of service operators.
Sources familiar with the knowledge of the matter claim that in addition to this, customers can also perform IoDT (InterOperability Device Testing) – a rather crucial part of the commercialization process, so that they can ensure the network equipment works accurately with UE from any vendor. The NI Test UE offering is also capable of performing benchmark testing in order to analyze the complete capabilities of precommercial and commercial macro-cell, small-cell, and micro-cell 5G NR gNodeB equipment.
Apparently, Spirent has worked in tandem with NI in order to add 5G NR support to its current portfolio of products. Clarke Ryan, Senior Director, Product Development, Spirent, has been quoted to state that with 5G picking pace, the firm was looking to find a world-class 5G New Radio platform which would not only outperform the market as on today, but would continue to do so with the maturation of the 5G technology. Quite naturally, being an industry leading company in SDR-based radios from 2011, NI was the option of choice for Spirent to make sure that it has the best radio along with the excellent testing capabilities so that it can serve its customers properly, Ryan added.