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MimoOn and Cetecom have announced a tiny test-mobile implementation for 3GPP LTE.

The hardware is optimised for minimal footprint (13cm x 16cm x 2cm), as well as for processing power and power consumption, enabling the same test-mobile design to be evolved to a fully functional mobile handset platform.

The baseband is implemented on the Sandbridge Technologies’ SB3500 processor, recently announced as an LTE capable and dynamically reprogrammable multimode SOC.

The radio frequency section can support multiple bands through easy front-end upgrades.

Channel bandwidths of 20MHz, multiple MIMO configurations, data rates of 100Mbps in Downlink and 50Mbps in Uplink direction, and high trace data rates will all be supported.

The PHY and protocol stack software will all be fully featured based on the Release 8 36.XXX series specifications from 3GPP.

In addition, the MimoOn/Cetecom solution is entirely software defined, so it is easy to modify or customise even after being deployed.

Cetecom validates and certifies the design according to industry, regulatory and environmental standards, including IOT tests against different infrastructures.

An organisation within Cetecom will support LTE rollout and troubleshooting with the available experience of past network rollout and expert knowledge of the test UE.

‘As leading service operators plan to deploy LTE networks in 2009, the major roadblock is the availability of small form-factor and low-cost test-mobile platforms for system testing, radio planning, network optimisation, operation and maintenance,’ said MimoOn’s chief executive, Thomas Kaiser.

‘LTE prototypes are bulky and not suited for portability and testing in the field; this new design will expedite the rollout of LTE and bring the advantages of true mobile broadband to the consumer.’ ‘Developing a test UE (user equipment) based on SDR technology will enable us to deliver products and services with features such as negative testing and variation of RF profiles to simulate bad UEs or “rainy days”,’ added Klaus Matkey, chief technical officer of Cetecom.

Further test UE capabilities will include coverage measurements, interference measurements, performance data such as QoS readings, and scanner functions.

Trace and logging capabilities will be offered through a graphical user interface, configuration display and control, and automated testing will be available through scriptable interfaces, real-time charting, capture and playback.

MimoOn and Cetecom will show the LTE SDR test-mobile at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from 16-19 February 2009 on stands 2.1D16 and 2A83/2A78 in hall 2.

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