Samsung calls in Keysight to vet modem for latest 5G standard

Samsung Electronics’ System LSI Business chose Keysight Tehnologies’ 5G test platforms to establish a 5G data call based on 3GPP release 16 (Rel-16) specifications. 

Samsung picked Keysights 5G network emulation solutions to successfully demonstrate a data link based on 3GPP Rel-16 specifications for the 5G new radio (NR) standard. 

Finalized in 2020, Rel-16 brings numerous enhancements to 5G NR deployments, leading to improved spectrum use, lower network latencies and higher connection reliability. Such improvements are critical to machine-to-machine (M2M) communications in industrial automation, autonomous vehicles and greater operational efficiencies for service providers.

Cao Peng, VP and general manager for Keysight’s wireless test group, said their company supports Samsung’s strategic 5G technology goals with integrated software-based chipset and device test solutions for validating new designs according the latest 3GPP specifications across the protocol stack.

Samsung used Keysight’s 5G Protocol R&D Toolset and Test Application software to validate the modem maker’s Exynos Modem chipset, which many global device makers use to bring 5G products to market. 

The toolset enables Samsung to perform 3GPP Rel-16 physical player interoperability development testing (IODT), verify power saving IODT performance and validate new radio to new radio dual connectivity (NRDC) functionality, in both sub-7GHz (FR1) and mmWave (FR2) spectrum.

“With Keysight’s comprehensive range of 5G test tools, we are able to quickly develop commercially successful 5G solutions that offer new and electrifying mobile experiences,” said Jonghan Kim, VP of System LSI protocol development at Samsung Electronics.

Keysight and Samsung have been working together for more than 10 years and have achieved several joint milestones, including the validation of dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) technology used in 5G modems.