Ultra-wideband (UWB), a short-range, low-energy wireless technology, is quickly being adopted for secure proximity and location-based services for use by smartphones and industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices. To take advantage of these new market opportunities, semiconductor and device makers seek to validate their components through FiRa to ensure conformance to UWB standards.
The FiRa Consortium is dedicated to transforming the way we interact with our environment by enabling precise location awareness for people and devices.
Keysight Technologies has obtained a FiRa Consortium validation for its automated ultra-wideband (UWB) PHY Conformance Test Tool, enabling device makers and chip designers to quickly test the physical layer (PHY) conformance of their FiRa UWB-based products.
Using Keysight´s automated test solution based on the M9415A VXT PXI Vector Transceiver with PathWave Vector Signal Analysis (VSA), X-Series Measurement Application (X-apps), and Signal Generation, design engineers can perform a range of UWB measurements including frequency, time, and amplitude domain analysis, as well as antenna characterization and system-level testing. The testing solution was built on Keysight's expertise in radio frequency (RF) and microwave technologies to perform an advanced over-the-air (OTA) approach to map the angle-of-arrival (AoA) using its general-purpose VXT transceiver platform.
Peng Cao, vice president and general manager for Keysight's Wireless Test Group, said: "By providing a FiRa Consortium validated test tool based on our vector transceiver, we are enabling our customers to quickly and easily test their UWB devices for conformance with FiRa PHY technical requirements."