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Keysight First to Gain PTCRB Validation Group (PVG) Acceptance for 5G New Radio Release 16 Test Cases
Milestone accelerates verification of devices that support 3GPP Rel-16 use cases
SANTA ROSA, Calif. May 13, 2022
Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that delivers advanced design and validation solutions to help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, announced that it is the first company to gain acceptance from PTCRB validation group (PVG) for 5G new radio (NR) test cases that support Release 16 (Rel-16) specifications defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) telecommunications standards organization.
The approval was made using Keysight's S8704A Protocol Conformance Toolset at a PTCRB validation group (PVG) meeting held from May 10 to 12, 2022. As a result, device vendors can verify radio access capability signaling (RACS), a 3GPP Rel-16 feature that enables user equipment (UE) to efficiently signal the specific set of capabilities it supports to the network. Rel-16 delivers a wide range of enhancements over Rel-15, including improvements in 5G network coverage, capacity, security and latency, as well as 5G device power consumption, mobility and reliability.
"Since 3GPP completed the 5G NR Rel-16 specification in July 2021, Keysight has consistently introduced industry-first test cases that enable chipset and device vendors to verify that new 5G designs comply to the latest Rel-16 specifications," said Muthu Kumaran, general manager of Keysight's device validation solutions business. "These early test cases provided by Keysight enable vendors to accelerate the verification of designs that support the realization of smart city, smart factory and autonomous vehicles."
Keysight's Protocol Conformance Toolset was used to:
- Submit the industry's first 5G NR Rel-16 test case for verifying mobility enhancements in 5G NR devices to 3GPP in August 2021
- Gain industry-first approval from the Global Certification Forum (GCF) for 5G NR Rel-16 protocol conformance test cases in October 2021
- Submit the industry's first 5G NR protocol test cases for verifying enhanced network slicing (eNS) and power saving features as specified in Rel-16 to 3GPP in January 2022
- Submit the industry's first 5G Rel-16 test case for verifying mobility enhancements in 5G NR devices to 3GPP in February 2022
The protocol conformance toolset is part of Keysight's suite of 5G Network Emulation Solutions, which leverages the company's UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform to address the device development workflow from early design, to validation, acceptance and manufacturing.
About Keysight Technologies
Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight's dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow's technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments. Our customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.9B in fiscal year 2021. For more information about Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS), visit us at www.keysight.com.
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