ACTIVE ANTENNA

 

The fundamental idea of active antenna is to integrate the radio and the antenna part into one compact, powerful unit. These antennas need to be controlled by the Baseband Unit (BBU), and the exchange of information requires common messages. The content of the messages needs to be understood similarly by the manufacturers of both BBU and Active Antenna. To verify the unity already in the development phase,  X-STEP™ can share an executable format of shared specification which both developers can run against their devices. X-STEP™ also supports the JESD204B interface, allowing antenna manufacturers to test the antenna interface in a digital way. This way, interoperability can be designed and tested separately in early stages of device development. Active antennas are gaining ground as 4G technology keeps of evolving and the launch of 5G technology is approaching. 

Select a focus area from the below list to learn how X-STEP™ could boost your Active Antenna development and verification work.

 

CHIP DEVELOPMENT

 

 

 

- Active Antenna

 

 

 

 

BOARD DEVELOPMENT

 

 

HW TESTING FOCUS

- Functionality of the chip
- Performance of the chip

SW TESTING FOCUS

- Level 1 and 2 software

 

X-STEP™ products

   - Actor
   - DRT8i

X-STEP protocols

   - JESD204
   - CPRI
   - OBSAI

 

 

 

 

UNIT DEVELOPMENT

 

 

HW TESTING FOCUS

- Performance of the unit
- Different combinations and control channel testing

SW TESTING FOCUS

- Level 2 and 3 software

 

X-STEP products

   - Actor
   - DRT8i

X-STEP protocols

   - JESD204
   - CPRI
   - OBSAI

 

 

 

 

PRODUCTION

 

 

HW TESTING FOCUS

- Functionality of the product

SW TESTING FOCUS

- Quick set of functionality

 

 

X-STEP products

   - Actor
   - DRT8i

X-STEP protocols

   - JESD204
   - CPRI
   - OBSAI

Integration testing phases

Active Antenna - Remote Radio Head
Full Base Station System Integration