Analysis software provides signal-quality measurements for 5G

October 03, 2017 //By Graham Prophet
The 89600 VSA software release from Keysight Technologies is intended to assist component, module, system designers achieve 5G first-to-market objectives – the software supports early development with 5G analysis capabilities for signal-quality measurements of Verizon 5G signals today, and planned support for 5G new radio standard signals.

The software ships with pre-5G modulation analysis based on Verizon 5G technology forum (5GTF) specifications. This analysis enables signal quality measurements now, and will be equipped with standard-compliant 5G new radio (NR) measurements upon standard’s final release

With this functionality, the 89600 VSA software is enabling component, module and system designers to be first-to-market with the upcoming 3GPP 5G NR standard. Pre-5G is a 5G radio specification published by Verizon Wireless (, in cooperation with partner companies. The specification targets fixed wireless access at 28-GHz frequencies for initial trials and deployments.

This release of the 89600 VSA provides comprehensive time, frequency, and modulation domain analysis for pre-5G signals based on the Verizon 5G open trial specification. The software allows designers to configure result traces (e.g., acquisition time and spectrum) and pre-5G specific modulation quality metrics and traces for identification of signal characteristics. The software also helps designers troubleshoot intermittent error peaks and repeated synchronization failures.

3GPP 5G NR is the emerging global 5G standard, expected to be included in Release 15 of the 3GPP standard, which is due out in 2018. With this 89600 VSA software release, early adopters can design and verify performance to the draft specification now, before it is published, and be fully prepared to work with the official standard once it is available.