Agilent Technologies has introduced an LTE-Advanced 8×8 MIMO signal-generation and analysis platform.
It incorporates Signal Studio and 89600 VSA software, as well as the Agilent X-Series vector signal generators and multi-channel signal analyser with up to eight measurement channels.
It can be used for the generation and analysis of FDD and TDD signals compliant with the 3GPP Release 10 standard.
LTE-Advanced is sometimes referred to as the evolution of LTE to 4G.
LTE-Advanced introduces a number of enhancements and new technologies to enable peak data rates of up to 1Gbit/s in the downlink and 500Mbit/s in the uplink.
To achieve such a high peak data rate, LTE-Advanced supports a maximum bandwidth of 100MHz by aggregating up to five component carriers, each up to 20MHz wide.
For downlink, LTE-Advanced introduces transmission mode 9, which enables Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) with up to 8 spatial streams and antennas.
Using the Signal Studio and 89600 VSA software, engineers can start testing physical layer implementations of LTE-Advanced devices.
The multi-channel signal analyser enables full analysis of LTE-Advanced standards on next-generation antennas, basestations and user equipment.
Working with the 89600 VSA, it enables phase-synchronous and cross-channel measurements with up to eight RF channels in a single mainframe.
It supports 8×8 MIMO signal generation and analysis.