5G technology will be a driving force behind much-anticipated applications such as ubiquitous broadband, autonomous vehicles, and smart factory automation. But making those applications a reality makes testing 5G a critical step. To ensure 5G devices and networks work well, three architectural requirements must be in place.
The National Science Foundation (NSF), along with an industry consortium of 28 networking companies and associations that includes NI, announced the first two Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) initiative awards.
A critical gap has emerged as software defined radios (SDRs) become more common in remote applications like large deployed antenna arrays, dense urban areas, and active battlefields. Situations like these require remote operators to be confident the device is functioning and hasn’t exceeded critical operational or environmental parameters.
In response to this challenge, Ettus Research, a National Instruments company, has developed an SDR that improves the remote management, maintainability, and reliability in deployed environments.
Let’s explore the USRP N310 features:
A four RX/TX channel SDR in a half RU form factor, so you can easily and densely scale it to fit the size of the application
The ability to update firmware, recover from errant software or firmware updates, and push critical patches to multiple deployed radios
Ethernet-based synchronization to precisely synchronize devices reliably and securely when radios are geographically distributed or in GPS denied environments with a high risk of jamming and spoofing