Keysight Technologies entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA at MWC 2018 to extend their existing collaboration initiated more than ten years ago. It aims to accelerate the development of 5G technology by coordinating 5G chipset and device-related design, verification, test and measurement. Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA is a core subsidiary of Chinese group Tsinghua Unigroup.
Keysight’s test and measurement products enable Spreadtrum to validate their 5G RFIC and baseband IC designs across the workflow from pre-silicon to conformance and mobile operator acceptance. The common software tools and comprehensive suite of network emulation products help chipset and device manufacturers accelerate prototyping of new devices and modems to validate RF parametric, protocol and functional performance.
In the past, Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA worked in close collaboration with Keysight on LTE, LTE-Advanced, NarrowBand IoT, Multiple-Input and Multiple-Output (MIMO), and wideband Digital Predistortion (DPD). Keysight’s ability to cover the entire product design lifecycle from system level simulations, to high-speed digital testing and functional measurements, allows Spreadtrum to streamline its workflow and accelerate time-to-market.
In 2017, Keysight and Spreadtrum announced the unveiling of a joint innovation centre to further the development of new technology design and test services for mobile devices. The technology innovation centre enabled both companies to accelerate 5G technologies which are instrumental in developing high-performance 5G chipset products for applications.