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Munich | 19-Feb-2018 | Test & Measurement

Rohde & Schwarz announces test solutions for Broadcom 802.11ax Wi-Fi devices

The R&S CMW test platform has been successfully verified using Broadcom Max Wi Fi chipsets. This enables wireless OEMs and ODMs to deliver next generation 802.11ax products.

Rohde & Schwarz, a leading supplier of test and measurement equipment for wireless applications, today announced the availability of test solutions for the Broadcom® Max Wi-Fi chipset portfolio, the industry’s first complete ecosystem of 802.11ax Wi-Fi devices. In collaboration with Broadcom Limited, Rohde & Schwarz has successfully verified its market-leading R&S CMW test platform for the IEEE 802.11ax ecosystem, enabling wireless OEMs and ODMs to use Broadcom Max Wi-Fi chipsets for R&D, quality control, and production prototyping.

Next generation Wi-Fi, based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard, offers speed, capacity, coverage and battery-life improvements in congested environments. It uses technologies such as uplink/downlink orthogonal frequency division multiplexing access (UL/DL OFDMA), multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) and target wake time (TWT). These technologies pose challenges for test and measurement equipment. The T&M instruments from Rohde & Schwarz have been qualified for characterizing Broadcom Max Wi-Fi chipsets, both at the RF level for tests such as error vector magnitude (EVM), timing measurements and spectrum emission compliance, and at the protocol level for testing features such as multi-user scheduling, application services and network management. Through the Broadcom manufacturing test license program, Rohde & Schwarz is able to develop software for Broadcom Max Wi-Fi chipsets and provide full 802.11ax test solutions to OEMs and ODMs.

“OEM and ODM customers expect test equipment to be ready and able to meet their development and manufacturing needs,” says Anne Stephan, Senior Director of the Wireless Communications Market Segment at Rohde & Schwarz Munich. “This joint exercise with Broadcom gives our customers even greater confidence in the technical readiness of the testing solution.”

“We continue to collaborate with Rohde & Schwarz to bring fully compliant Max Wi-Fi test systems to market,” comments Gabriel Desjardins, Director of Product Marketing of the Wireless Communications & Connectivity Division at Broadcom Limited. “The availability of such test systems has enabled our customers to deploy Max Wi-Fi.”

The R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer and R&S SMW200A vector signal generator allow EVM tests well below –50 dB, providing the industry’s best performance for R&D testing. The R&S CMW270 wireless connectivity tester is another instrument licensed for Max Wi-Fi testing based on its real WLAN network emulation for IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax. The tester can verify and debug devices from the physical to the application layer within the OSI model.

In addition, the R&S CMW100 communications manufacturing test set is recognized by Broadcom as the market-leading production tester. It provides multi-standard and multi-DUT capabilities for production environments, including test coverage, speed, efficiency and yield.

At this year’s Mobile World Congress, which will run from February 26 to March 1, 2018, Rohde & Schwarz will showcase a production-ready solution featuring the R&S CMW100 and the Broadcom Max Wi-Fi device in hall 6, booth 6C40.

For more information about Rohde & Schwarz at Mobile World Congress 2018, go to

Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets innovative information and communications technology products for professional users. Rohde & Schwarz focuses on test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications and monitoring and network testing, areas that address many different industry and government-sector market segments. Founded more than 80 years ago, the independent company has an extensive sales and service network in more than 70 countries. On June 30, 2017, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 10,500 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 1.9 billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has regional hubs in Asia and the USA.R&S® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.KG.

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