Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions used to showcase Qualcomm’s 8cx SoC and X55 modem platform for Windows 10

Keysight Technologies Inc., a technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation, announced Wednesday that the company’s 5G network emulation solutions were used by Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., to demonstrate the industry’s initial 5G laptop with integrated modem at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan last month.

The demonstration showcased always connected workflows, all-day battery life and Windows 10 support using Qualcomm’s latest platform, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx system-on-a-chip (SoC) and X55 5G modem, as well as Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions. This demonstration displayed high-speed, low-latency connectivity made possible by 5G new radio (NR), offering transformative PC user experiences for both consumers and the enterprise with downstream speeds of up to 7Gbps.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 5G modem is a single-chip multi-mode solution designed to allow OEMs to build 5G multimode devices for a new era of connected experiences. It supports virtually any combination of spectrum bands and/or modes: 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz, standalone and non-standalone modes, TDD and FDD, spectrum sharing, LTE and legacy modes (3G, 2G). This is designed to enable OEMs to bring blazing fast connected devices to global networks in nearly any form factor.

Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions – based on Keysight’s UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform – enable device makers to validate 5G NR multi-mode designs across protocol, radio frequency (RF) and radio resource management (RRM) in both non-standalone (NSA) and stand-alone (SA) modes. Keysight’s end-to-end 5G solutions provide the flexibility needed to rapidly validate multi-mode designs in nearly any form factor, accelerating their ability to address global requirements in sub-6GHz (FR1) and mmWave (FR2) spectrum.

Keysight’s 5G end-to-end design and test solutions enable the mobile industry to accelerate 5G product design development from the physical layer to the application layer and across the entire workflow from simulation, design and verification to manufacturing, deployment, and optimization.

Keysight also offers common software and hardware platforms compliant to the latest 3GPP standards, enabling the ecosystem to validate 5G chipsets, devices, base stations and networks, as well as emulate subscriber behaviour scenarios.

Earlier this year, the two companies announced they had established the mobile industry’s first announced 5G NR data call in the Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) mode, as well as demonstrated an industrial internet of things (IIoT) application at CES 2019.

In October 2017, Keysight and Qualcomm Technologies achieved a milestone towards the reality of 5G commercialization. The companies achieved a 5G data connection in a single-chip 5G modem with Keysight’s 5G Protocol R&D Toolset and the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset.

The 5G Protocol R&D Toolset is a comprehensive solution to address diverse global spectrum requirements and efficiently prototype advanced 5G protocol features (both for pre-5G and 3GPP 5G NR), including beamforming at mm-Wave frequencies and non-standalone use cases. The toolset, based on the UXM 5G, enables support multiple phases of wireless device development, from pre-silicon protocol prototyping to systems integration and verification; accelerates test case creation and analysis, with the highest level of flexibility and control, to achieve first-to-market functionality with impeccable quality; and fully test 5G technologies faster, to guarantee that 5G features are fully utilized to achieve maximum performance and compliance.

Keysight’s 5G development test solutions provide the necessary in-depth insight to chipset and device manufacturers to analyze and debug the behavior of their entire 5G modem as they develop emerging technology. Keysight’s 5G Protocol R&D Toolset and 5G RF DVT Toolset are two recently announced solutions in Keysight’s new 5G network emulation solution (NES) portfolio which uses the new UXM 5G wireless test set.

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