Rohde & Schwarz and Decawave cooperate to develop T&M capabilities for Ultra Wideband technologies

Rohde & Schwarz and Decawave demonstrate test functions for the new generation of Decawave UWB
devices with the new generation of Rohde & Schwarz radio communication tester, the R&S CMP200. With
this solution, both companies address manufacturers planning wireless devices using Ultra Wideband (UWB)
technology to provide secure location-based services.

The test and measurement equipment expert Rohde & Schwarz and the UWB technology expert Decawave
have jointly developed test and measurement capabilites for production line testing of UWB functions in
chipsets and complete devices. As part of the cooperation, Decawave provided knowledge of the required
test strategy and test methods, as well as the Decawave DW3000 as test device. Rohde & Schwarz has
added UWB test capabilities to their R&S CMP200 radio communication tester, making it the only test
platform on the market able to provide R&D and production RF tests for both 5G FR2 and UWB functions.
UWB technology, based on the IEEE 802.15.4a and 802.15.4z standards, enables centimeter-accurate
location measurements at distances up to 75 meters. UWB also includes secure data communication at
rates up to 27 Mbps, with very low power requirements. UWB is an ideal candidate for implementing low
latency, highly accurate, reliable, and secure local area location services. UWB opens new doors in the fields
of mobile communication, automotive, IoT and industry 4.0 applications. The very wide bandwidth and very
low power density make it possible for UWB signals to share spectrum with other narrowband and wideband
systems without causing interference.
The 802.15.4a/z standards include several frequency bands; Decawave as a founding member of the UWB
Alliance already supply products using frequencies from 3.5 to 6.5 GHz. However, interest is now
concentrating on the high band, with channels defined between 5.8 and 10.6 GHz, supporting higher power
transmission, leading to longer range. The DW3000 chipset shall operate using UWB channels 5 and 9 in the
high band, with a bandwidth of 500 MHz.
Anton Messmer, Vice President Mobile Radio Testers at Rohde & Schwarz, said: “As OEM and ODM
customers get ready to deploy their UWB products, they expect test equipment to be ready and capable to
meet their manufacturing needs.”
Jeff Clancy, Vice President of Engineering at Decawave, said: “This joint cooperation enables our customers
to efficiently manufacture high volume products with reduced time to market. We are happy to work together
with Rohde & Schwarz by enabling their solutions to meet the testing requirements of the UWB eco
systems.”
The R&S CMP200 radio communication tester is designed to meet RF test requirements for devices
operating from 6 to 20 GHz in stand-alone mode, and for all essential 5G FR2 bands including 28 GHz and
39 GHz when used with the remote radio head, the R&S CMPHEAD30. This solution from Rohde & Schwarz
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is the only test instrument available with the necessary specification to support R&D and production test for
UWB and 5G FR2 technologies in a single device.
For further information on the R&S CMP200 test platform, go to: www.rohde-schwarz.com/product/cmp200,
for further information on Decawave, go to www.decawave.com.

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