Over-the-air BLE test systems solve wireless quality issues: Page 5 of 5

September 07, 2017 //By Allen Henley, LitePoint
Bluetooth Low Energy - BLE - performance can be difficult to verify due to packaging, but novel OTA measurement methods can overcome those problems, especially when it comes to packet error rates and receiver sensitivity.

Summary

RF designers need to validate customer-ready product performance with completed designs and not just rely on board-level measurements, where RF performance can be drastically different compared to the finished product. In manufacturing, test engineers often don’t have access to board-level RF and digital connections, so they need fast test methods that can be performed over-the-air to provide accurate and repeatable results.

OTA BLE test solutions solve these key measurement challenges. These systems enable engineers to build better designs, and allow manufacturers to use parametric data to validate manufacturing quality. In BLE, wireless performance is critical because if the wireless communications don’t work well, the device doesn’t work well. Designing a better product and ensuring it’s built properly is now much easier with these BLE OTA test solutions.

 

The author Allen Henley is Senior Product Manager at LitePoint (Sunnyvale, California; a Teradyne company).

This article originally appeared at Electronic Design

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