From SISO to high-density MIMO applications with one instrument

The Spirent Vertex Channel Emulator is a versatile platform that offers unprecedented scalability while supporting emulation of many channel models. The simple plug-and-play design is built to test a broad number of applications that require varying channel densities. Supported applications range from basic two-channel SISO to complex, high-density scenarios needed to prepare for 5G, such as 3- and 4-component carrier aggregation, higher order MIMO OTA, and 3D bidirectional beamforming.

What to Test

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MIMO OTA

Test the MIMO performance of your device in a realistic Over-the-Air environment, either with an anechoic or reverb chamber

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Massive MIMO and Antenna Arrays

Integrate multiple Vertex instruments to support higher numbers of independent RF channels with real-time fading

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Mesh Networks

Supports up to 8x8 independent channel models, providing the capability to test a mesh network with up to eight nodes

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Virtual Drive Testing

Emulate up to sixteen SISO or eight 2x2 MIMO cells to accurately reproduce real network conditions in the lab

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Carrier Aggregation

Supports up to four 2x2 bi-directional carriers; each radio link can be modelled independently, simulating channel conditions to represent multiple carriers on the same or different eNodeBs

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MIMO Beamforming

Enables the most accurate and consistent emulation of a variety of spatial channels and models

Defense and aerospace applications

Spirent Vertex addresses testing of critical and highly complex RF communication channels and specialized military scenarios. Features include frequency bandwidths as low as 30MHz, mesh network configurations, and wideband frequency hopping.

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Paving the way to 5G

Spirent’s new Vertex High Frequency Converter (Vertex HFC) was developed to bring advanced channel emulation test capabilities to 5G applications. It converts the traditional 2GHz to 3GHz RF range to the mmWave range of 27.5GHz to 28.5GHz and vice versa, allowing channel characteristic simulation in millimeter waveband scenarios required for 5G implementation.

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MIMO OTA

Spirent's Vertex MIMO OTA solution models real-world over the air environments and can be used with both anechoic and reverberation chambers. For anechoic chambers, Vertex supports up to 32 RF probes and two carriers with 16 dual polarized probes or 8 dual polarized probes on one instrument.  For reverberation chambers, up to four carriers can be aggregated on one instrument.

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Virtual Drive Testing

The ability to emulate a high number of cells in the lab, combined with Spirent’s Live2Lab® Virtual Drive Test - Conversion Tool (VDT-CT) software makes the laborious process of drive testing easy and repeatable. Convert data from scanner log to active use and accurately reproduce real network conditions in a matter of minutes. Even high-speed data scenarios can be simulated using Live2Lab VDT-CT and any of Spirent’s channel emulators.

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Features & Benefits

Scalability
The Vertex Wireless Channel Emulator is scalable to a broad range of applications. The hardware is capable of supporting as few as two bidirectional RF channels for basic RF testing and as many as 32 unidirectional RF channels to support high channel density applications in one instrument.
Modularity
Separate RF modules are optimized for unidirectional or bi-directional applications and support a variety of different frequency bands; which allows Vertex to be configured for specific test needs using minimal hardware.
High channel density in a compact space
Vertex supports up to 36 RF ports and 64 digital links in one 6U rack height. It enables more efficient use of hardware for tests that require higher RF channel counts, such as sophisticated MIMO applications and next-generation 5G services.
Remote programming interface (RPI)
Remote programing is supported through TCP/IP. The RPI commands provide seamless backward compatibly to Spirent’s VR5 HD channel emulator.
Comprehensive channel modelling support
The built-in Vertex propagation library offers a vast selection of standard channel models and makes it easy to edit and save changes to create user-defined models, both classical and geometrical.
Support for IoT
Vertex supports standards-based WINNER/WINNER-II channel models to facilitate performance and co-existence testing in a variety of network environments with IoT deployments.

Data sheet

Vertex overview, capabilities, and applications

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Technical Specifications

Vertex detailed feature specifications

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White paper

Ensuring MIMO Device Performance with Over-the-Air Testing

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Fading Basics—Narrow Band, Wide Band and
Spatial Channels

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Correlation-Based Spatial Channel Modeling


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Path-Based Spatial Channel Modeling


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