National Instruments's VST PXIe-5820 module

National Instruments Announced Wi-Fi 6 Test Solution

  • National Instruments (NI) announced a Wi-Fi 6 Front-End test reference architecture for testing of the latest Wi-Fi 6 power amplifiers (PAs) and front-end modules (FEMs) operating in new frequency bands above 6 GHz.

Meeting the need for Wi-Fi test coverage in recently approved bands from 6 to 7.125 GHz, NI’s Wi-Fi 6 Front-End test reference architecture extends the bandwidth, accuracy and fast measurement speed of the Vector Signal Transceiver (VST) that combines an RF signal generator and signal analyzer with 1 GHz of instantaneous bandwidth—up to 12 GHz.

This solution provides engineers performing PA/FEM characterization and validation ther needed linearity, noise and dynamic range for validating Wi-Fi 6 1024-QAM performance.

The reference architecture also allows, according to NI, to simplify dynamic EVM measurements while accelerating test speeds through the FPGA computing power upgrade.

The instrumentation and measurement IP of the Wi-Fi 6 Front-End test reference architecture can be used in both the validation lab and in production test, giving engineers a streamlined path to production with less time lost to correlation and test system development.