News | November 13, 2023

Anritsu Introduces Butler Matrix Module That Simulates 8x8 MIMO Connection To Support All 5G FR1 Bands

New Butler Matrix for MT8000A Creates Efficient Solution for 5G UE Throughput Tests

Anritsu Company introduces its Butler Matrix 8x8 MA8118A module that simulates 8x8 MIMO connections for efficient 5G UE throughput tests. Designed for use with the industry-leading Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A, the MA8118A Butler Matrix is a transmission path with 8 input and 8 output ports and supports the 0.6 GHz to 7.125 GHz 5G Frequency Range (FR 1) bands, expanding the MT8000A’s ability to conduct efficient tests on 5G FR1 UEs.

The 8x8 MA8118A augments the existing Anritsu ACC-380 Butler Matrix 8x8 module to provide full coverage of the 5G FR1 band. The MA8118A’s fixed 8x8 MIMO transmission path divides one input signal into 8 output ports, minimizing re-cabling when changing test conditions, creating time efficiencies, as well as improving accuracy and repeatability.

In addition, expanding the frequencies to cover 0.6 GHz to 7.125 GHz supports the 5G NR unlicensed band and licensed 6 GHz band specified by 3GPP Release 16 and 17, respectively. With the introduction, Anritsu continues to support 5G and addresses the need for test solutions to address the increased number of 5G FR1 frequency band combinations resulting from advanced Carrier Aggregation (CA).

With a 5G base station emulation function, the Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A provides all-in-one support for RF measurements, protocol tests, and applications tests in FR1 (to 7.125 GHz) and Frequency Range (FR) 2 Millimeter-Wave (mmWave) bands. An intuitive GUI supports various application measurements, such as handover tests, and quasi-normal and abnormal network tests. Maximum IP data throughput can be measured for a wide variety of band, CA, and MIMO combinations. Integrating it with an OTA chamber enables mmWave-band RF measurements and beamforming tests using call connections specified by 3GPP.

About Anritsu
Anritsu is a provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions. Anritsu 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 emerging and legacy wireline and wireless technologies used in commercial, private, military/aerospace, government, and other markets.

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