Software-designed Instrumentation,
the evolution for Wireless testing

Alexsander Loula
Business Development Manager
Natio...
Company overview
 Founded in 1976 and HQ in Austin, TX
• Dr. James Truchard, President, CEO, and
Cofounder
• Jeff Kodosky...
The motivation…

ni.com

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In a recent past
 Pope election in 2005 / 8 years ago

Source: http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/papst-momente-bilder-zeigen...
Nowadays
 Pope election in 2013

Source: http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/papst-momente-bilder-zeigen-vergleich-zwischen-20...
Evolution in Technology = Evolution in Product

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Increasing complexity
802.11abg

802.11n

802.11ad

802.11ac

CDMA

Bluetooth
EDGE

GPS
LTE

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GSM

NFC

RFID

GL...
Today’s expectations of the perfect wireless test
instrument

image courtesy of Wade Lowdermilk, BAE Systems

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Expectation: More functionality

image courtesy of Wade Lowdermilk, BAE Systems

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Expectation: Smaller footprint

image courtesy of Wade Lowdermilk, BAE Systems

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Expectation: Reduced cost

image courtesy of Wade Lowdermilk, BAE Systems

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Expectation: Accelerated delivery

image courtesy of Wade Lowdermilk, BAE Systems

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Expectations force a redefinition of instruments
More Functionality

Reduced Cost

Smaller Footprint

Accelerated Delivery...
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The Software-designed Approach

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RF Software-designed Instrumentation
Basic Block Diagram

VSA
(High Performance
RX FE)

FPGA
(DSP)
VSG
(High Performance
T...
High Performance RF Front Ends
Example 802.11ac:

• Modulation: 256 QAM OFDM
• BW: 80MHz
• Level: -20 dBm

EVM:
• Specific...
FPGA Power and Open-source driver
Programmable by the user with high level environment

Open, easily and fully programmabl...
The best of both Worlds: CPU & FPGA
FPGA
Performance
(GMACs)

CPU
Performance
(GFLOPs)

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Bus Performance

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Support for several wireless standards
WLAN

Bluetooth

LTE

802.11
a/b/g/n/ac

(2.1+EDR)

(FDD/TDD)

WCDMA
& HSPA+

CDMA2...
How institutions are using the
Software-designed Instrumentation

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“Overall, this new system was 10 times faster and 3 times less
expensive than the previous solution. The platform also pro...
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Qualcomm Results for WLAN tests
802.11a + b + g

+ 802.11n

+ 802.11ac

Early 2000 - Traditional
Rack and Stack

2007 - NI...
"Using the Software-designed Instrument and the WLAN
Measurement Suite, we improved test speeds by more than 200
times com...
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5G Research

mmWave

GFDM
Source mmWave: http://www.profheath.org/hot-topics/millimeter-wave-cellular-systems/
Source GFDM...
Summary
•

Increasing device complexity requires a flexible and

software adaptable test platform
•

The set of FPGA, CPU ...
Q&A

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Thank You!
NI Brazil
(011) 3149-3149
brasil.ni.com

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10 software-designed instrumentation the evolution for wireless testing

  1. 1. Software-designed Instrumentation, the evolution for Wireless testing Alexsander Loula Business Development Manager National Instruments Brazil ni.com
  2. 2. Company overview  Founded in 1976 and HQ in Austin, TX • Dr. James Truchard, President, CEO, and Cofounder • Jeff Kodosky, NI Business and Technology Fellow, and Cofounder  30+ years growth and profitability • $1.04B revenue in 2012  6500+ employees; operations in 45+ countries  FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 12 consecutive years ni.com 2
  3. 3. The motivation… ni.com 3
  4. 4. In a recent past  Pope election in 2005 / 8 years ago Source: http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/papst-momente-bilder-zeigen-vergleich-zwischen-2005-und-2013-a-889031.html ni.com 4
  5. 5. Nowadays  Pope election in 2013 Source: http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/papst-momente-bilder-zeigen-vergleich-zwischen-2005-und-2013-a-889031.html ni.com 5
  6. 6. Evolution in Technology = Evolution in Product ni.com 6
  7. 7. Increasing complexity 802.11abg 802.11n 802.11ad 802.11ac CDMA Bluetooth EDGE GPS LTE ni.com 7 GSM NFC RFID GLONASS ZigBee LTE-A WiMAX
  8. 8. Today’s expectations of the perfect wireless test instrument image courtesy of Wade Lowdermilk, BAE Systems ni.com 8
  9. 9. Expectation: More functionality image courtesy of Wade Lowdermilk, BAE Systems ni.com 9
  10. 10. Expectation: Smaller footprint image courtesy of Wade Lowdermilk, BAE Systems ni.com 10
  11. 11. Expectation: Reduced cost image courtesy of Wade Lowdermilk, BAE Systems ni.com 11
  12. 12. Expectation: Accelerated delivery image courtesy of Wade Lowdermilk, BAE Systems ni.com 12
  13. 13. Expectations force a redefinition of instruments More Functionality Reduced Cost Smaller Footprint Accelerated Delivery images courtesy of Wade Lowdermilk, BAE Systems ni.com 13
  14. 14. ni.com
  15. 15. The Software-designed Approach ni.com 15
  16. 16. RF Software-designed Instrumentation Basic Block Diagram VSA (High Performance RX FE) FPGA (DSP) VSG (High Performance TX FE) ni.com 16 Bus CPU Multicore
  17. 17. High Performance RF Front Ends Example 802.11ac: • Modulation: 256 QAM OFDM • BW: 80MHz • Level: -20 dBm EVM: • Specification: ≥ -42 dB • Measured: -47.67 ni.com 17
  18. 18. FPGA Power and Open-source driver Programmable by the user with high level environment Open, easily and fully programmable by the user ni.com 18
  19. 19. The best of both Worlds: CPU & FPGA FPGA Performance (GMACs) CPU Performance (GFLOPs) ni.com 19
  20. 20. Bus Performance ni.com 20
  21. 21. Support for several wireless standards WLAN Bluetooth LTE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.1+EDR) (FDD/TDD) WCDMA & HSPA+ CDMA2000 EV-DO RFID/NFC ZigBee GSM/EDGE + AM/FM/RDS GNSS GPS, GLONASS ni.com 21 WiMAX
  22. 22. How institutions are using the Software-designed Instrumentation ni.com 22
  23. 23. ni.com 23
  24. 24. ni.com 24
  25. 25. “Overall, this new system was 10 times faster and 3 times less expensive than the previous solution. The platform also provided the flexibility needed to adapt to all the different digital and RF standards.” - Sylvain Bertrand, ST Ericsson ni.com 25
  26. 26. ni.com 26
  27. 27. Qualcomm Results for WLAN tests 802.11a + b + g + 802.11n + 802.11ac Early 2000 - Traditional Rack and Stack 2007 - NI PXI RF Instrumentation 2012 - NI PXI Vector Signal Transceiver 10X Faster Than Traditional 200X Faster Than Traditional ni.com 27
  28. 28. "Using the Software-designed Instrument and the WLAN Measurement Suite, we improved test speeds by more than 200 times compared to traditional rack-and-stack instruments while significantly improving test coverage.“ - Doug Johnson, Qualcomm Atheros ni.com 28
  29. 29. ni.com 29
  30. 30. 5G Research mmWave GFDM Source mmWave: http://www.profheath.org/hot-topics/millimeter-wave-cellular-systems/ Source GFDM: https://mns.ifn.et.tu-dresden.de/Lists/nPublications/Attachments/750/FutureNetworkSummitPaper.pdf ni.com 30
  31. 31. Summary • Increasing device complexity requires a flexible and software adaptable test platform • The set of FPGA, CPU and bus technologies is essential for the Software-designed Instruments • High performance RF front ends are key to support the newest wireless standards ni.com 31
  32. 32. Q&A ni.com 32
  33. 33. Thank You! NI Brazil (011) 3149-3149 brasil.ni.com ni.com 33

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