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Mastering 5G Manufacturing

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5G is moving fast. Participants across the mobile ecosystem are eager to capture the new revenue streams from 5G business models. Device makers and network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) are moving full-speed ahead towards commercialization.

In their path stands the manufacturing challenge: a paradigm shift in focus from conformance test, where priorities revolve around test coverage, to manufacturing test, where cost of test and test times determine profitability and first-to-market status. The industry needs to take 5G through the manufacturing workflow from new product introduction (NPI) to high-volume manufacturing (HVM) as fast as possible. Device makers and NEMs need to overcome new manufacturing test challenges not faced in 4G - more frequency bands, millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies, and wider bandwidths

5G new radio (NR) incorporates massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO) radio technology and mmWave frequencies. Taking 5G devices and base stations (gNBs) through the testing workflow for these technologies is not easy. Device and gNB manufacturers need to overcome significant challenges while coping with tremendous pressure on time to market and the cost of test. Challenges include the support of more frequency bands from sub-6 GHz to mmWave, greater channel bandwidths, and the move to over-the-air (OTA) test methods.

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