A suite of software tools designed for the Aeroflex PXI 3000 platform characterizes the transmitter and receiver parameters of LTE base stations (eNodeB) and small cells in production test. The LTE Downlink (FDD and TDD) Measurement Suite can be used with either the Aeroflex One-Box Base Station RF Tester, which is based on the PXI 3000 platform, or as an expanded application on the PXI 3000 Series VSA and VSG modules.
Via the software, RF parametric tests can be performed on macro base stations and small cells. The low-level application programming interface (API) of the analysis library facilitates integration into the automated test system.
The LTE Downlink Measurement Suite incorporates a user-friendly graphic interface and supports RF parametric measurements during the base-station R&D design stage. It suits 7X24 regression testing as well as advanced radio signal simulation and analysis. Also included are LTE-A features such as carrier aggregation and higher-order MIMO signal generation.