Spirent Launches Vertex Channel Emulator Addressing the Growing Challenges in Telecommunication Arena

By CIOReview | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

SUNNYVALE, CA: Telecommunication testing analytics provider, Spirent Communication has recently publicized the launch of Spirent Vertex Channel Emulator, which can replicate comprehensive noise and spatial conditions of complex wireless channels.

The technology can be used in the field from two to 32 channels to address wide range of services from basic RF device tests to complex MIMO beam forming base station antenna tests. It also enables users to emulate a real-world RF environment in the lab, making it possible to isolate and identify performance issues in the development cycle with cutting edge capabilities.

Vertex is the newest addition to Spirent’s family of channel emulation solutions, responding to the high density channel requirements as per market demand and supports configurations to assess future technologies such as 5G.  “CTIA's MIMO OTA test plan 1.0 was released in June 2015, and is on its way to becoming mandated for all new device designs within the next few months,” says Ron Borsato, Co-Chair CTIA OTA and Principal Architect, Spirent Communications.

The new channel emulator advocates a broad range of applications from low channel density like SISO or 2x2 MIMO (Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output) to high channel density like MIMO beamforming, MIMO OTA, carrier aggregation, massive MIMO and antenna array systems (AAS). Vertex provides an intuitive and easy-to-use graphical user interface and simplifies complex test setups by minimizing the amount of hardware needed. "Spirent Vertex is a small-form channel emulator that fits into conventional instrumentation racks, allowing us to upgrade from a baseline MIMO OTA test configuration to support complex configurations up to 32 channels," says Bryan Sayler, Senior Vice President of Test Solutions, ETS-Lindgren.