Rohde & Schwarz will supply test and measurement solutions to Qualcomm Technologies to produce engineering samples of 5G RF Transceiver SDR051 for 5G network deployment.
Qualcomm Technologies announced its Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem platform in October 2016, designed to support download speeds of up to 5 Gbps, initially using very wide bandwidths available in the 28 GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) band. Sampling of the Snapdragon X50 chipset is expected to begin in the second half of this year, preceded by thorough testing and characterization of performance.
Technical parameters and the level of application support from Rohde & Schwarz during the evaluation process convinced Qualcomm Technologies to select Rohde & Schwarz to provide 5G production test systems.
The R&S TS7830 RF test systems are based on the R&S SMW200A vector signal generator (photo) and the R&S FSW43 signal and spectrum analyzer, supplemented by additional equipment, components and automation software. The systems are supplied as a fully featured 5G turnkey solution.
The R&S SMW200A provides signal generation capabilities of up to 2 GHz bandwidth and 40 GHz RF frequency within a single instrument.
The R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer family offers frequency support up to 85 GHz, including pre-selection that ensures single-sweep measurements versus double sweep measurements for image suppression.
An external harmonic mixer provides an extension to support RF frequencies up to 110 GHz. A recent upgrade enables the R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer to support up to 1.2 GHz internal analysis bandwidth.