Samsung and NI collaborate on 5G New Radio interface tests

NI is teaming up with mobile phone giant Samsung Electronics to develop 5G test UEs for proposed 5G New Radio (NR) radio interface.

The first public demonstration of this collaboration will show Samsung’s 28GHz basestation communicating with an NI test UE at next week’s Mobile World Congress (February 26 to March 1) in Barcelona.

A first draft of the 5G NR standard was only released by the 3GPP standards body in December.

5G equipment and device manufacturers will need to conform to this standard to achieve interoperability.

NI and Samsung will collaborate on interoperability device testing in which Samsung’s 5G NR-capable commercial basestation connects with a test UE (user equipment) developed by NI at 28GHz over the air and in real time.

The NI test UE exchanges messages with the basestation to establish a link and then validates the downlink functionality and performance as dictated by the 3GPP.

The test UE uses NI’s 28GHz mmWave transceiver system with a compliant 5G NR Phase 1 protocol stack developed using LabVIEW system design software.

Wonil Roh, head of the technology strategy group at Samsung Electronics, writes:

“NI is a key partner helping accelerate our development on NR-based 5G mmWave technology and systems.”

This collaboration will explore the 5G NR standard at maximum throughput levels utilising the full available bandwidth and maximum number of component carriers (eight) in a full 2×2 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) configuration.

Eric Starkloff, executive vice president of global sales and marketing at NI, writes:

“With the knowledge gained from these engagements and our flexible platform, we were able to introduce 5G NR-capable technologies very quickly.”

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