I attended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February 2012. I wrote daily reports for Test and Measurement World, and blogged about it in Outside the Box. The daily reports summarized all aspects of the conference, not just modular instruments. The final summary reported on the implications for test, and non-traditional test in particular. Here, in a single summary, are the links and preview text to each report. The full length versions are best read while eating tapas and drinking Sangria to get the total experience!
It will be impossible to cover all what’s going on at MWC, or even all of the test content. My goal is to extract major trends, the test challenges, and what test vendors are doing to meet those challenges. My schedule is crazily packed, so the daily articles will be condensed versions of these themes. So what are the new trends? Finding out is one of the reasons I’m going there. But here are some of the hot technologies already apparent: LTE (Long Term Evolution), LTE-Advanced, MIMO (Multiple In Multiple Out), 802.11ac, and femtocells, to name a few. I’ll also be touring the GSMA Connected House to get a view of the future, and talking with semiconductor companies who are on the leading edge.
The first day of the 2012 Mobile World Congress found Agilent Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, National Instruments, and Anritsu all exhibiting their latest products for wireless test. Technologies included MIMO, LTE, 802.11ac, 802.11ad, WiGig, and MHL. Special interview with Dr. James Truchard, CEO of National Instruments.
The second day of the 2012 Mobile World Congress found Ixia, Spirent Communications, EXFO, and Aeroflex exhibiting their latest products for wireless test. JDSU introduced a revolutionary new probe technology for network monitoring. Technologies included small cells, femtocells, LTE, WiFi, 802.11ac, DDOS, TD-SCDMA, LTE-Advanced, and PacketPortal.
The third day of the 2012 Mobile World Congress found Tektronix Communications showcasing LTE-monitoring solutions, while the WiGig Alliance and Altair spoke about their test needs. Technologies included K2Air, CPRI, LTE, DPC, Wi-Fi, and WiGig Alliance. Special interview with Intel’s Ali Sadri and Altair’s Shane Lo. Modules were shown by Qualcomm and Wilocity.
The final day of the 2012 Mobile World Congress found new semiconductors from Texas Instruments, creative testing techniques from Azimuth Systems, and an innovative new cell phone and heart monitor from EPhone International. App Planet featured Neustar, Edmondo, and Actuator Solutions. Technologies included data converters, ADCs, DACs, Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE, MIMO, and ECG.
Let me sum up my impressions. The largest technology drivers of test needs are: MIMO, LTE, LTE-Advanced, 802.11ac, and WiGig. This blog “Outside the Box” is focused on non-traditional test techniques, the most prevalent being modular instrumentation. Here are the summaries of what I saw…