Qualcomm Applied sciences shall be utilizing open Radio Access Network testing solutions from Keysight Technologies in a number of check beds in New Jersey, because the chipmaker develops and validates new designs primarily based on open RAN interfaces.

Keysight mentioned that the 2 corporations have executed open RAN and virtualized RAN-related work collectively since 2018. The brand new check atmosphere is concentrated on validating the efficiency of Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platform for small cells, throughout each radio frequency and protocol measurement domains, Keysight added. Protocol stack interoperability throughout O-RAN compliant radio models, generally known as O-RUs, and distributed models (O-DUs), from the bodily layer to the appliance layer, is especially necessary, the check firm added.

Qualcomm shall be utilizing Keysight’s s Open RAN Studio to verify O-RAN Alliance specification compliance, and Keysight’s 5G Multi-Band Vector Transceiver to validate 3GPP RF compliance of the RU design.

Keysight is a member and editor for the Open RAN Alliance and mentioned that its work helped the group to pubilsh its first set of O-RAN fronthaul conformance check specs in August of this yr, for verifying compliance of open Radio Models to O-RAN specs utilizing particular, authorised O-RAN check instances.

Additionally of word this week for Keysight is that its check options are built-in into Fujitsu’s bundle for personal 5G networks — and Fujitsu has a income goal of about $9.5 billion by 2025 for personal 5G. Learn the total story here. 

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EXFO noticed gross sales drop 7.4% total for its fiscal 2020, on account of the worldwide pandemic. That hit largely got here from a 16.4% drop in gross sales for the corporate’s Service Assurance, Techniques and Companies (SASS) phase; gross sales from its check and measurement enterprise have been down solely 3.6% year-over-year, and EXFO mentioned that gross sales of lab and manufacturing check options really noticed a “robust improve.” EXFO additionally famous that regardless of the downturn in its SASS enterprise, it did achieve 5 new service assurance prospects and orders totaling $5 million within the fourth quarter.

The corporate reported a web lack of $9.5 million, in comparison with a lack of $2.5 million in fiscal 2019. It has suspended steering indefinitely as a consequence of “uncertainty surrounding the breadth and length of the coronavirus pandemic” and its impression on financial circumstances.

“In fiscal 2020, EXFO skilled the unprecedented impression of the coronavirus pandemic on the worldwide economic system which, in flip, adversely affected our revenues and profitability. Nonetheless, I’m happy to see EXFO shut its fourth quarter on a optimistic word with robust revenues and money flows from operations,” mentioned Philippe Morin, EXFO’s CEO, in assertion. He went on to say that within the coming yr, the corporate will concentrate on “high-growth drivers like fiber, 5G and cloud-native deployments, whereas decreasing investments in lower-growth areas. These initiatives ought to proceed to profit EXFO’s aggressive place and allow worthwhile progress.

“Trying forward, we’re excited concerning the wealth of alternatives for our T&M and SASS product teams. Demand for area testing gear ought to get well with main fiber deployment initiatives, barring the return of in depth lockdown restrictions with the second wave,” Morin added. “We additionally anticipate continued progress from our lab and manufacturing check options, particularly within the ultra-high-speed space with our pending acquisition of InOpticals. As well as, we anticipate our Nova Adaptive Service Assurance platform to profit from the momentum of our current contract wins, the ramp-up of cloud-native 5G architectures and heightened exercise within the community core.”

-A new report from TechNavio forecasts that the worldwide marketplace for automated check gear will develop by $1.47 billion by means of 2024, reflecting a compound annual progress charge of greater than 4%.

Viavi Options mentioned that it has added half a dozen significant enhancements to its LightDirect module household and the related MAP-300 check platform for optical labs, manufacturing and manufacturing environments. As well as, Viavi launched three new fiber connectivity manufacturing options, targeted on automated connector end-face cleansing, sooner measurement modes and a modular, higher-power swept laser.

-Is all of the trade discuss 5G complicated shoppers? It seems so. In a brand new shopper survey from benchmarking firm World Wi-fi Options, practically half of U.S. iPhone customers thought they already had a 5G-capable system, despite the fact that no 5G iPhone has but been launched (it’s anticipated to be introduced subsequent week). Learn the total story here. 

Tektronix has launched a new Keithley-brand parametric test system, the S530 Series, for semiconductor producers to fulfill check wants for rising extensive bandgap applied sciences reminiscent of gallium nitride and silicon carbide-based chips.

“Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor producers proceed to expertise robust demand from new end-use purposes in 5G communications, automotive, IoT, medical, inexperienced power, and different markets,” says Chris Bohn, VP and GM at Keithley/Tektronix. “This vital check platform replace helps these prospects deliver new merchandise to market extra rapidly and cost-effectively, whereas giving them the agility to adapt to new necessities sooner or later.”