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LTE protocol test platform targets M2M/IoT market

Posted: 13 Nov 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:NextG-Com? M2M? IoT? LTE? test platform?

NextG-Com has unveiled a low-cost LTE protocol test platform on host aimed at the emerging M2M/IoT chipset and systems market. The XANTHUS PTH, based on the existing XANTHUS 203 protocol conformance test platform, was designed within the existing NextG-Com ALPS LTE product development program and has been released to serve the specific needs of the MTC and category 1/0 developer market, stated the company.

The XANTHUS PTH platform, which can run on a local desktop or laptop PC, allows the execution of TTCN3 36.523 Test Cases as published by ETSI. XANTHUS PTH provides the flexibility to allow the developer to develop their own specific test cases, to assist field or interoperability tests for example, or any other specific application requirement for that matter, available on floating and use based licensing models, with flexible ownership terms where the options is to internalise or outsource the development test platform.

NextG-Com XANTHUS PTH tests the integrated LTE software stack for user equipment (UE) before it is ported onto a hardware platform. Incorporating an easy debugging environment, it will reduce the time and effort that would otherwise be spent on investigating and solving complex issues on a hardware platform. XANTHUS PTH also removes dependency on the availability of hardware and RF to test the protocol stack components and provides a powerful component for continuous integration strategy and non-regression testing.

By deploying XANTHUS PTH as part of a test process, NextG-Com believe developers can achieve annual savings in excess of 50 per cent compared with traditional host and equipment protocol conformance solutions. The platform supports different levels of abstraction (Layer1, MAC, RRC), depending upon requirements and project integration phase.

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