Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile technology industry, bringing more than 100K people to Barcelona from across the globe to experience the latest tech impacting the mobile industry. Here's a summary of what happened at the event, through the lens of 5G.
Introducing: the NI-RFmx 2.2, our latest release in advanced measurement software for PXI RF test systems, announced at Mobile World Congress 2017this morning. The NI-RFmx 2.2 reduces measurement time by up to 33%.
Today’s 4G LTE wireless networks can’t handle the data demands of our rapidly approaching, hyperconnected future. The demand for anywhere, anytime access is moving beyond the domain of smartphones, homes, offices, planes, trains, automobiles, and industrial equipment.
This is where 5G comes in: in order to meet bandwidth and latency needs, all of these connections are going to require a new type of wireless signal, as well as a mindset shift among wireless researchers who design, prototype and the test engineers who test these new networks, hand-set devices, and chip-set manufacturers.
More complexity, more flexibility - today’s test managers are faced with unprecedented needs for test system management. Here are the improvements orgs are looking for in test system management in 2017.
When paired with our software defined radio (SDR) hardware, our new MIMO system provides a well-documented, reconfigurable, parameterized physical layer written and delivered in LabVIEW source code - enabling researchers to build both traditional MIMO and Massive MIMO prototypes.
Our LabVIEW Communications MIMO Application Framework lets you develop algorithms and evaluate custom IP to solve a lot of the practical challenges associated with real-world, multi-user MIMO deployments. Scalable from 4 to 128 antennas, the MIMO Application Framework - when used with the NI USRP RIO and NI PXI hardware platforms - allows you to create small to large scale antenna systems with minimal system integration or design effort.
Researchers can use the system out of the box to conduct Massive MIMO experiments and seamlessly integrate their own custom signal processing algorithms in a fraction of the time compared to other approaches, speeding up the overall design process as the wireless industry races toward 5G.
Once you accept that a user-customizable platform is necessary to keep pace with smart devices, you might start to worry about your own ability to customize it. You’re not alone!
Box instruments have offered confidence in validity and traceability of measurement for decades. How can that same level of confidence and trust be imparted from something you customized?
The answer: an ecosystem of customization IP.
With a truly open platform, along with the clearly defined APIs and hardware specifications, an ecosystem often develops. That’s what makes our automated test capabilities the most trusted approach for lowering the cost of test.
The capabilities of our ecosystem more than make up for any of the risk assumed with handling the intricacies of test system development on an open platform. Here’s what it includes:
Partners and Integrators
NI Field Engineers
Third-Party Hardware and Software
NI Hardware Services
Here's Saab Aerospace used our open platform to build a powerful, complex, and cost effective fighter jet: