NI Announces New mmWave Radio Heads Targeted at 5G NR Research and System Prototyping

NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of a software-defined platform that
helps accelerate the development and performance of automated test and
automated measurement systems, today announced two series of new
millimeter wave (mmWave) radio heads for the mmWave Transceiver System.
The new radio heads, which cover spectrum from 24.5 GHz to 33.4 GHz and
37 GHz to 43.5 GHz, are targeted at wireless researchers prototyping 5G
New Radio (NR) systems.

As the first phase of 5G NR wraps up and the 3GPP finishes defining the
communications protocol, the standards body also has identified specific
frequency bands intended for 5G. Additionally, various regulatory bodies
across the globe have begun the process of allocating spectrum for
mmWave 5G mobile access. The coverage offered by these new radio heads
enables researchers in countries like the United States, South Korea,
Japan, Europe and China to quickly prototype 5G systems at the different
frequency bands being considered.

NI provides engineers with the tools they need to prototype
communications systems that help decrease the overall time to develop
and introduce new technologies. In 2016, NI announced its mmWave
Transceiver System, which features modular mmWave frequency software
defined radio (SDR) technology designed for 5G and advanced wireless
communications. Since then, NI has continued to release new mmWave radio
heads to provide additional frequency coverage in line with the 3GPP.
The new radio heads are completely compatible with the mmWave
Transceiver System, including the baseband subsystem and software. They
are also interchangeable with the previously released radio mmWave
heads, which means the existing software can be reused with minimal
changes.

The open, modifiable physical layer provided in the source code created
using LabVIEW aligns with the Verizon 5G TF specification and Release 15
of 3GPP’s 5G NR specifications. It also pairs with the mmWave
Transceiver System to offer researchers a flexible solution that
operates as an over-the-air communications system out of the box. They
can modify the source code for their specific research areas and use it
for a wide range of applications including channel sounding, 5G NR
algorithm development and optimization and beam steering algorithm
research and test.

“The commercialization of mmWave technology is accelerating, and there
is a growing global consensus that it will be a critical technology to
achieve the goals set forth by the 3GPP for 5G,” said Professor Theodore
(Ted) Rappaport, founding director of NYU WIRELESS and the David
Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering at the NYU Tandon
School of Engineering. “While 28 GHz leads in early deployments, 39 GHz
is another important frequency band that is being explored and is
quickly gaining popularity. These new radio heads from NI will help us
expand mmWave research and expedite commercialization.”

The new 24.5-33.4 GHz radio heads include the mmRH-3642, mmRH-3652 and
mmRH-3602. The new 37-43.5 GHz radio heads include the mmRH-3643,
mmRH-3653 and mmRH-3603. Find more information on the mmWave Transceiver
System and configurations at ni.com/sdr/mmwave.

About NI

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empowers engineers and scientists with a software-defined platform that
incorporates modular hardware and an expansive ecosystem. This proven
approach puts users firmly in control of defining what they need to
accelerate their system design within test, measurement and control.
NI’s solution helps build high-performance systems that exceed
requirements, quickly adapt to change and ultimately improve the world.

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