5G user experience depends on the device's performance, but networks are also complex. Testing in clean channel conditions is not enough to ensure that 5G devices will operate as expected in real environments. Channel emulation helps assess real-world RF performance to ensure a positive customer experience.


Keysight's PROPSIM Channel Emulation Solutions offer advanced end-to-end real-world performance testing of wireless devices, network infrastructure equipment, and WLAN access points in a laboratory environment. The first-to-market PROPSIM Channel Emulators offer the widest signal bandwidth and the highest number of fading channels in the industry, enabling you to address the complexities associated with the introduction of new technologies for 5G, satellite, aerospace and defense communication systems.

  • Dynamic multipath propagation
  • Range pathloss and blocking effects
  • Doppler from mobility and multipaths
  • Noise and synchronous programmable interference

Versatile and easy-to-use channel emulator tools enable users to test across a wide range of technologies, including:

  • 5G NR
  • LTE Advanced
  • WLAN 802.11ax and 802.11be 
  • Massive MIMO and 3D Beamforming

Users have access to 24/7 support for facilitating validation of new product releases and verifying the performance of designs following implementation of new features prior to delivery.

F8820A PROPSIM FS16 RF Channel Emulator

Scalable RF channel emulator for diverse use cases

Keysight’s compact PROPSIM FS16 benchtop channel emulator enables users to perform in-lab benchmarking of devices, base stations, digital radio and sensor systems across the entire product workflow – from research and development, to acceptance and field performance optimization. The PROPSIM FS16 emulates the dynamic radio channels between transmitters and receivers in real time. It cost-effectively supports uni-directional and bi-directional fading test configurations required in wireless testing across 5G, LTE and aerospace and defense applications.

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F8800A PROPSIM F64 RF Channel Emulator

Industry-leading RF channel emulator for the most demanding testing needs

The PROPSIM F64 RF Channel Emulator offers the industry’s highest emulation capacity, greatest number of fading channels, and widest signal bandwidth. Its superior RF performance for RF-channel emulation addresses the most demanding test needs for users in both the wireless and aerospace and defense industries.

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F9860A Channel Studio

Keysight’s F9860A Channel Studio is a state-of-the-art radio propagation channel modeling software for real-time testing and performance evaluation of devices, radio systems, and transceivers. It simplifies the creation of multi-link test scenarios for wireless testing and special radio systems testing. Channel Studio supports user-defined 3D spatial scenarios and dynamic modeling of movement for 5G testing:

  • 3GPP 38.901 CDL FR1 and FR2 models
  • UMi, UMa, O2I and I2O
  • SCME

The F9860A Channel Studio supports importing 3D antenna models. It offers 3GPP-defined channel models to test V2X safety applications as well as for on board Wi-Fi and cellular connection. In addition, device-to-device topologies are supported. The F9860A Channel Studio provides an interface to import data, which allows advanced users to bring test scenarios from external simulation tools.

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