Keysight Technologies Leads 5G Development with New 5G Channel Sounding Reference Solution

New Reference Solution Enables Customers to Accelerate 5G Research

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 30, 2015 — Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today affirmed its technology leadership in 5G wireless research with the introduction of the 5G channel sounding Reference Solution. The new Reference Solution is designed for accelerating advanced research of millimeter-wave 5G channel models and includes ultra-broadband and MIMO, key requirements to measure the millimeter-wave channel and validate new air interface standards.

Among the mobile broadband requirements of 5G are new technologies yielding over-the-air data rates of as much as 10 Gbps. To achieve these requirements, new air-interfaces are being developed to operate in frequency bands from 10-100 GHz. The 5G channel sounding Reference Solution combines metrology grade hardware, software and expertise to allow customers to quickly characterize the channel behavior in these frequency bands and enable researchers to develop the necessary channel models for designing and validating air-interface alternatives.

“As a recognized leader and provider of world-class wireless technology solutions, Keysight, in collaboration with key customers, plays a pivotal role in 5G wireless research,” said Keysight’s Mario Narduzzi, marketing manager, Software and Modular Solutions Division. “Our 5G channel sounding Reference Solution enables customers to accelerate 5G research and reaffirms our commitment to support them through the evolution from 4G to 5G technology.”

Researchers can get very accurate absolute delay measurements with system-wide calibrations, precise timing, and synchronization. They will also save time and disk space by using the multi-channel, real-time data processing, and correlation of the channel impulse response data (CIR) offered by the M9703A high speed digitizer FPGAs. Engineers can use Keysight’s SystemVue system level design and simulation software platform to calculate channel parameter estimations and perform link-level simulations and validation of new 5G designs with the imported channel models.

Keysight’s 5G channel sounding Reference Solution also enables:

  • Tx/Rx up to 44 GHz with 1 GHz bandwidth for 4 or 8 MIMO channels
  • Capture of multiple phase coherent channels for real-time CIR data processing in FPGAs
  • System-level calibration and synchronization to achieve precise timing and accurate measurements
  • Flexibility and scalability to add more channels and tests as 5G standards evolve
  • Customization of waveforms, models for channel parameter extractions and system integration

Pricing and Availability

Keysight’s 5G channel sounding Reference Solution is now available. The solution is based on specific test system requirements. Contact Keysight at for more information.

A 5G Channel Sounding Reference solution photo is available at

Keysight 5G

Keysight Technologies, Inc. provides a comprehensive set of 5G electronic design and test tools designed to help engineers gain greater insight into their R&D and manufacturing processes. Keysight's 5G simulation and measurement solutions include: millimeter-wave, broadband generation and analysis; physical layer designs; MIMO, RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave components and antennas; and high-speed digital and power management. Keysight is working closely with industry consortia, industry-leading companies and academia to advance the next-generation of 5G wireless communications systems. Additional information about Keysight's 5G test and measurement solutions is available at

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) is a global electronic measurement technology and market leader helping to transform its customers’ measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Keysight’s electronic measurement instruments, systems, software and services are used in the design, development, manufacture, installation, deployment and operation of electronic equipment. The business had revenues of $2.9 billion in fiscal year 2014. Information about Keysight is available at

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