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Element and PCTEST partnership acquires 5G RF and RRM testing solutions


CTEST Engineering Laboratory, LLC, which recently became part of the Element Materials Technology Group, has acquired the latest 5G test solutions from Rohde & Schwarz for RF and RRM testing in the FR1 and FR2 frequency ranges. This acquisition includes the R&S TS8980 RF conformance test system, plus the R&S ATS1800C CATR based OTA test chamber. This investment will be instrumental in supporting Element’s new Connected Technologies sector, with PCTEST’s capabilities offering comprehensive wireless testing and certification services to device manufacturers.

The R&S TS8980 provides the maximum test case coverage and GCF/PTRCB validation status for LTE RF and RRM 3GPP conformance and network operator supplemental tests. With the addition of the new, powerful R&S CMX500 radio communication tester, this comprehensive test solution is now capable of testing 5G NR devices in both standalone and non- standalone (NSA), TDD and FDD modes. For over-the-air testing in millimeter wave frequencies, the R&S ATS1800C Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR) chamber provides accurate 5G FR2 device performance measurements featuring class-

leading signal integrity and shielding in a small space.

Randy Ortanez, CEO, PCTEST, said: “5G is here now, and the infrastructure plays an increasing role in enhancing critical telecommunication services to the medical, business and domestic communities. Element/PCTEST is proud to be at the forefront of 5G technology providing a fast and reliable network for global markets. With our acquisition of the latest Rohde & Schwarz 5G FR1 and FR2 test equipment, we are well equipped to become the leader in 5G and LTE testing along with the great partnership with Rohde & Schwarz.”

Bryan Helmick, product manager, Rohde & Schwarz said: “5G+LTE will still play a crucial role as many operators first deploy NSA mode before deploying a full 5G core network. Since we have expertise in both LTE and 5G, it allows our customers to make this transition more seamlessly with our extensive portfolio of products and excellent applications support.”

Harwin introduces FPC assemblies with hi-rel connectors H R

arwin now offers both its Datamate J-Tek and Gecko high-reliability (Hi- Rel) connectors with flexible printed circuits (FPCs) attached for situations where there is little space above the board surface. Highly suited to aerospace, motorsport,

satellite and defence installations, these FPC assemblies provide engineers with lower profile interconnect solutions. This means that the PCBs within a system design can be stacked much closer together. Through right-angled connections, these components can be kept at the periphery of the board resulting in thermal management and ease of mating benefits. The Datamate J-Tek option consists of a 2mm-pitch connector plus a 1A-rated 1mm-pitch FPC, and is supplied in a single- ended design fitted with a male connector. The Gecko options have a 1.25mm-pitch

Rambus announces solution for enhanced data center and 5G infrastructure security

ambus Inc. announced its 800G MACsec (Media Access Control security) solution for next-generation networking infrastructure. The 800G MACsec solution delivers hardware-based, point-to-point security for 800 Gigabit Ethernet links and is a critical element of end-to-end network security. Protecting data in motion, MACsec can identify and prevent security threats such as denial of service, intrusion, man-in-the-middle, passive eavesdropping and masquerading attacks. With growing demand for low- latency communications to support real-time applications such as AI/ML inference, in-line, full-rate secure communication of data traffic

with MACsec is imperative. The Rambus 800G MACsec solution addresses this need with a hardware engine delivering MACsec security with no degradation to the speed of data transmission.

“Our world has changed dramatically in just a few months, with a global shift to our homes being the center of work, schooling and entertainment. This has put enormous strain on the global data infrastructure. The evolution to 800 GbE will be a key enabler on the path forward,” said Neeraj Paliwal, vice president and general manager of Rambus Security. “Our 800G MACsec protocol engine leverages a scalable architecture that supports configurations

of one to many ports with an aggregate bandwidth of up to 800 Gbps. This flexibility provides the benefit of limiting the silicon cost for security, while safeguarding required data communications.” Built with decades of security engineering experience, Rambus MACsec IP solutions have been broadly adopted across the industry spanning multiple generations of the MACsec standard. Thanks to a proven track record of performance, software compatibility and API scalability, the Rambus MACsec-IP-163/164 is the go-to solution of network chip and system companies. To speed the design process, the MACsec

connector along with a 0.4A-rated 0.5mm- pitch FPC, available in single- or double-ended configurations. Standard 10-contact assemblies are supplied from stock, with other assemblies available on request.

The FPCs feature a copper-clad polyimide base with a bonded overlay. There is a rigid area at each end to aid connector mounting. They are able to support a much tighter bend radius than conventional cables and are also better suited to dynamic movement when bent. Thanks to the innovative 4-finger design used for the Beryllium

Copper contacts, these assemblies exhibit strong resilience to shock (up to 100G) and vibrational forces (up to 20G), without breaks in signal. Inclusion of stainless steel jackscrews on the Datamate connectors and sturdy latches on the Gecko connectors ensure interconnect integrity is maintained. The Harwin FPC assemblies have an operational temperature range matching the relevant connectors, up to 65°C to +150°C. The free ends of the FPC are compatible with industry standard FPC/FFC connectors that accept 0.3mm thickness circuits.

engine is delivered with a driver development kit (DDK). For customers building system- level solutions, Rambus offers a MACsec Toolkit that implements the Port-based Network Access Control (PNAC) standard and facilitates development and testing of MACsec-compliant processing. The Rambus 800G MACsec-IP-163/164 solution comprises a classifier and transform engine for deployment of the MACsec Layer 2 secure communication protocol. Implemented in hardware, this Rambus solution can deliver full line-rate MACsec security from 100G to 800G, making it an ideal choice for 800 GbE and 800GBASE-R. Driven by the continued exponential growth in data traffic, 800 GbE is expected to be broadly deployed across hyperscale data centers, enterprises and carrier networks as well as in network-attached high- performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) / machine learning (ML).

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