Module simulates 8×8 MIMO connections for efficient 5G UE throughput tests
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ANRITSU Butler Matrix 8×8 MA8118A module simulates 8×8 MIMO connections for efficient 5G UE throughput tests. Designed for use with Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A, module is a transmission path with 8 input and 8 output ports and supports the 0.6GHz to 7.125GHz 5G Frequency Range (FR 1) bands, expanding the MT8000A’s ability to conduct efficient tests on 5G FR1 UEs. The 8×8 MA8118A augments the existing Anritsu ACC-380 Butler Matrix 8×8 module to provide full coverage of the 5G FR1 band. The MA8118A’s fixed 8×8 MIMO transmission path divides one input signal into 8 output ports, minimizing re-cabling when changing test conditions, creating time efficiencies, as well as improving accuracy and repeatability. In addition, expanding the frequencies to cover 0.6 GHz to 7.125 GHz supports the 5G NR unlicensed band and licensed 6 GHz band specified by 3GPP Release 16 and 17, respectively. With the introduction, Anritsu continues to support 5G and addresses the need for test solutions to address the increased number of 5G FR1 frequency band combinations resulting from advanced Carrier Aggregation (CA).