Wireless communication tester from the R&S CMW series from Rohde & Schwarz.

Sony Semiconductor validates NTN NB-IoT capabilities of its Altair chipset with Rohde & Schwarz

  • Rohde & Schwarz and Sony Semiconductor Israel have achieved the verification of the NTN NB-IoT capability of of the Altair device.
  • At the MWC Barcelona 2024, Rohde & Schwarz will show a live demonstration of NTN NB-IoT with Sony’s Altair NTN Release 17 IoT device.

The technology NTN NB-IoT is bringing wireless connectivity to remote areas that do not have access to terrestrial networks for use cases like SOS messaging or remote monitoring.

Rohde & Schwarz has validated and verified Sony’s Altair device for its NTN NB-IoT capability using the R&S CMW500 mobile radio tester platform. Sony was able to verify all 3GPP defined RF parameters on their chipset in an interactive testing mode, in both geostationary orbit (GEO) and geosynchronous orbit (GSO). The company also validated the released protocol conformance test cases (PCT) for compliance, demonstrating performance and reliability of the device. Additionally, both companies have committed to completing Skylo’s certified test plan on the R&S CMW500 as part of the carrier acceptance program.

In addition, the R&S TS8980 conformance test system from Rohde & Schwarz was used to perform RF tests in compliance with the requirements of the Global Certification Forum (GCF) for NTN NB-IoT.

Skylo, provider of non-terrestrial networks (NTN), has worked closely with both Rohde & Schwarz and Sony to ensure test plans satisfy industry standards. Sony’s Altair ALT1250 can now be upgraded for NTN connectivity and can be embedded into devices for dual-mode operations.