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5G TESTING Multi-Probe 5G testing


The StarLab Multi-Probe testing antenna takes wireless and 5G testing to new levels.


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ontinuing with the development of its “Little Big Lab” range of compact and portable antenna testing equipment, Microwave Vision


Group (MVG) is using the end of 2019 to showcase the latest in its StarLab line-up at the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA) event in San Diego. With over 15 years of regenerative


development, the most recent StarLab product is the result of MVG continually developing its products to meet the antenna testing and measurement requirements of a number of different industries, including automotive, aerospace and defence. Performing both passive antenna and


OTA (Over The Air) measurements, its measurement speed has improved with every new model and its typical dynamic range has evolved to fully support WiFi, LTE and the 5G protocol.


DEVELOPMENT HERITAGE


Designed specifically for the telecom, aerospace and defence markets, the third-generation model (StarLab 50 GHz) was initially released in 2017 and superseded its predecessor in order to meet the measurement requirements of 5G high-frequency and millimetre-wave antenna testing. The earlier second- generation model (StarLab 650 MHz -18 GHz) is more aligned towards consumer electronics and telecom industries. The


2 /// Electronics Testing 2019


❱ ❱ Test samples can be antennas or RF devices designed for use with 5G telecommunications


use of such equipment has enabled manufacturers such as Parrot Drones to be able to give preference to actual measurements rather than simulation in order to optimise the design and integration of its antennas.


Commenting on the rise in lab-based antenna testing technology, Arnaud Gandois, Managing Director for MVG Industries says, “The research and development of new and regenerated products is now a vital area of investment for manufacturers, driving the need for testing and measurement devices which are highly-accurate, fast, easy to use and most importantly compact enough for a laboratory environment.” Gandois goes on to say that throughout the product development stage, designers need the ability to test multiple components in a range of different configurations, quickly and accurately, allowing them to make materials, specification and design changes efficiently enough to ensure a fast time- to-market. “We are continually evolving our


StarLab technology in line with 5G testing challenges which include the usage of


❱ ❱ StarLab provides 5G testing capability up to 50GHz in a lab environment


higher frequency bands and the absence of physical connectors. It is a compact and portable system for in-lab OTA testing and with three generations of product now in the range, we are able to offer our customers the right StarLab technology according to the products and antennas they are testing,” he says. The StarLab 50 GHz multi-probe antenna test system is designed specifically to meet the testing challenges of 5G antennas. It measures several parameters of frequencies from 650 MHz to 50 GHz including gain, directivity, beam width, efficiency, radiation pattern, TRP (Total Radiated Power), TIS (Total Isotropic Sensitivity), EIRP (Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power) and EIS (Effective Isotropic Sensitivity). It operates on antennas sized 45cm diameter or less.


TEST FOR 5G BEAM FORMING SYSTEM For system level architects and industry test engineers, the availability of 5G has been long waited, allowing more data to be transferred at faster speeds. Unlike previous generations of telecommunications standards, 5G NR


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