Aeroflex 6413A UMTS Supports Live Receiver and Transmitter Testing

Aeroflex has announced that it has added the ability to undertake live receiver testing and transmitter testing including HSDPA on its highly successful 6413A UMTS basestation test system. The capability is ideal for the ongoing maintenance of UMTS basestations to ensure they perform to specification as it enables testing to be undertaken without any disruption to live traffic caused by taking the basestation out of service.

The performance of the basestation receiver is extremely important as it essentially defines quality of service in a cell. With the low operating power of mobile terminals, the performance of the receiver has to be exceptionally good at all times. A poorly performing basestation receiver will result in an increasing number of calls being dropped due to lower sensitivity and signal quality. Phones will be required to transmit at higher power impacting battery life and potentially causing signal interference. It will also make it difficult for revenue generating higher data rate services to be used. A poorly performing base station will also significantly impact network planning as the number of calls a cell can handle will be restricted. Conversely, a 1dB improvement in basestation receiver sensitivity, for example, can mean that 11% fewer basestations are required in network (source: WCDMA for UMTS by Harri Holma and Antti Toskala (Wiley 2004)).

The Aeroflex 6413A UMTS basestation test system is designed specifically for the installation and commissioning, maintenance, fault-finding, performance verification and optimisation of radio basestations. A single-box portable solution, it is able to take complete control of the basestation via the Iub interface and perform all of the critical transmitter, receiver and functional tests without external control equipment or the need for detailed knowledge of the basestation’s operation and control.

The addition of a live receiver and transmitter testing capability to the Aeroflex 6413A UMTS basestation test system compliments its existing Iub controlled test mode which facilitates the implementation of repeatable test scenarios in controlled environment based on the methods defined in the ETSI standard 3GPP TS25.141. The Aeroflex 6413A’s user interface is intuitive to use. Based around an embedded PC and using touch-screen controls, all functions can be operated from the front panel. Measurement results can be viewed while tests are running or stored for later analysis. Tests can be run manually or automatically using pre-programmed test sequences.

“The addition of live receiver and transmitter testing to the Aeroflex 6413A will considerably improve its appeal to network operators,” said Ross Broadhurst, Product Marketing Manager at Aeroflex Test Solutions. “Network operators will now be able to test basestation performance and optimise network quality of service without adversely interfering with the live traffic on the network.”

About Aeroflex
Aeroflex Incorporated is a global provider of high technology solutions to the aerospace, defence, cellular and broadband communications markets. The company’s diverse technologies allow it to design, develop, manufacture and market a broad range of test, measurement and microelectronic products. The company’s common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol ARXX and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 index.

About Aeroflex Test Solutions, Wireless Division
Aeroflex Wireless offers a full range of protocol, physical layer and parametric test solutions for the cellular communications industry. Its products address infrastructure and mobile handset testing and support all stages of mobile phone and radio access network equipment development and deployment. Applications include R&D, conformance, production, installation and commissioning, field service, and network optimization. Aeroflex’s wireless products test all key 2G, 2.5G and 3G wireless technologies including UMTS, cdmaOne, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, GSM, GPRS, and EDGE worldwide.