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Keysight Technologies, Inc., a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers, and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced Open RAN Studio, the first O-RAN distributed unit (O-DU) emulation software for validating O-RAN–compliant radio units (O-RUs).

5G chipset and network equipment vendors, as well as mobile operators, are cost-effectively rolling out 5G services using 5G base stations from multiple network equipment manufacturers (NEMs). Keysight’s Open RAN Studio software combines visibility, validation, and performance test capabilities across radio frequency (RF) and protocol measurement domains to accelerate development and integration of O-RAN–compliant equipment.

Keysight’s early engagement as the editor of the O-RAN fronthaul interface conformance test specification in the O-RAN Alliance is helping to speed development of conformance validation and verify interoperability between O-RUs and O-DUs. O-RAN members also benefit from Keysight’s unique cross-domain test and measurement expertise in both digital and RF. When combined, Keysight’s Open RAN Studio and signal sources and analyzers create a complete test environment, including 5G New Radio (NR) modulation analysis.

“Keysight’s Open RAN Studio enables a vibrant network infrastructure ecosystem to unlock the full potential of an open RAN architecture,” said Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president of Keysight and general manager of Keysight’s Network Access Group. “Our test suite for end-to-end performance verification of any 5G network element — from the physical layer to the application layer — accelerates the delivery of innovative connectivity services for both consumers and vertical industries.”

Keysight partnered early with leaders in the wireless industry to showcase the first O-RAN 5G mmWave radio unit white box demonstration using open, interoperable interfaces at Mobile World Congress in 2019. Developers of O-RAN radio units and system-on-chip (SoC) solutions, such as Xilinx and SOLiD, have realized the benefits of using Keysight’s Open RAN Studio software.

“In this era of pervasive and connected intelligence, disaggregated network functions using O-RAN–compliant interfaces will help the industry realize the full potential of a virtualized network architecture,” said Dan Mansur, vice president, marketing, Wired and Wireless Group, Xilinx, Inc. “Strong technology partners who are committed to driving rapid innovation, such as Keysight with the new Open RAN Studio O-DU emulation software, allow Xilinx to accelerate the deployment of our adaptive computing technology to create highly agile platforms that support the stringent demands of 5G.”

“SOLiD understands the significant role [that] ubiquitous wireless coverage plays in keeping people connected and safe in a rapidly changing world,” said Dr. Dae-Young Kim, executive vice president of Global Wireless Business Unit at SOLiD. “This is why we choose to partner with Keysight, a company with 5G test solutions that enable us to accelerate performance validation of SOLiD’s O-RAN radio units.”

Source: Electronics and Electrical Engineering News