News | March 29, 2024

Anritsu Expands Module Lineup Of Simulating MIMO Connections

Anritsu Corporation introduces its newly developed Butler Matrix 4x4 (0.6 GHz to 7.125 GHz) MA8114A to expand Butler Matrix[*1] module lineup of simulating MIMO connections.

The MA8114A is a Butler Matrix transmission path with 4 input and 4 output ports and supports the 6 GHz band (5.925 GHz to 7.125 GHz), which is not supported by the existing Azimuth STACSIM-WB-(Static Channel Simulator) (ACC-339) used for evaluating 4x4 MIMO throughput of LTE/5G base stations and Wi-Fi devices.

Development Background
LTE/5G Base station and Wi-Fi device vendors use the OTA[*2] test environment to evaluate the maximum throughput with 4x4 MIMO for their products. This approach has the problem of low reproducibility of measurement results, however, because the transmission environment varies depending on the distance to the User Equipment (UE). While improving the reproducibility requires connecting the two devices using an RF cable, a simple coupler cannot simulate the MIMO transmission environment. The MA8114A ensures highly reproducible measurements.

The upper-limit frequency for NR FR1 has been extended beginning with 3GPP Release 17, and the 6 GHz band has been added to Wi-Fi 6E/7. The MA8114A supports a frequency range up to 7.125 GHz in preparation for countries launching services on new frequency bands.

Anritsu helps customers build a stable 5G/Wi-Fi evaluation environment and efficiently test throughput.

The product lineup of the Butler Matrix module also includes the Butler Matrix 8x8 (0.6 GHz to 7.125 GHz) MA8118A with 8 input and 8 output ports, which supports a frequency range up to 7.125 GHz as well. The MA8118A can be used not only for 8x8 MIMO throughput evaluation but also to enable efficient testing of devices having multiple RF ports.

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Technical Terms

[*1]: Butler Matrix
A type of microwave beamforming phased array proposed in 1958 by Judith Butler et al. with multiple input and output ports to divide power input to one port equally to output ports at different phases.

[*2]: OTA
Abbreviation for Over The Air. As the Tx/Rx radio performance of a wireless device is measured over the air, the use of an OTA chamber, which is an anechoic chamber designed to block external radio waves, is recommended.

About Anritsu
Anritsu Corporation, a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for 125 years. Anritsu’s philosophy engages customers as true partners to help develop wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital solutions for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance applications, as well as multidimensional service assurance solutions for network monitoring and optimization. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. The company develops advanced solutions for 5G, M2M, IoT, as well as other emerging and legacy wireline and wireless communication markets. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu has approximately 4,000 employees in over 90 countries.

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