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Rohde & Schwarz joins the FiRa Consortium to show its commitment to the growing Ultra-Wideband (UWB) ecosystem

Wed 03, 03 2021

By joining the FiRaTM Consortium, Rohde & Schwarz contributes to the organization’s efforts to establish a certification program for UWB devices. Rohde & Schwarz brings along a broad expertise in mobile device testing and certification.

Rohde & Schwarz announced today to have joined the FiRa Consortium as an associate member. FiRa, short for “fine ranging”, is an organization dedicated to growing the UWB ecosystem by ensuring interoperability between multiple devices through compliance and certification programs. The FiRa Consortium focuses on three core UWB services: hands-free access control, location based services and device-to-device services that rely on the latest UWB based secure ranging technology specified by the IEEE 802.15.4z.

The advantages of the UWB standard include centimeter-accurate location measurements, allowing for doors to open when approached with a UWB device or bringing positioning functionality to indoor environments. UWB also features secure device-to-device data communications with very low power requirements. The very wide bandwidth and very low power density make it easy for UWB signals to share spectrum with other narrowband and wideband systems without causing interference.

UWB devices

As a leader in wireless device testing, Rohde & Schwarz collaborates with industry partners to develop UWB test solutions for R&D, certification and production, including essentials like time of flight (ToF) and angle of arrival (AoA) measurements as well as device calibration procedures. Alexander Pabst, Vice President Market Segment Wireless Communications, comments: “We at Rohde & Schwarz recognize the power of a secure and reliable UWB technology and are pleased to further strengthen our collaboration with members of the FiRa Consortium to establish a strong certification framework.”

The R&S CMP200 radio communication tester from Rohde & Schwarz, for instance, is ideal for solving UWB challenges in production as well as in R&D. It combines the capabilities of a signal analyzer and generator in a single instrument. In combination with the Rohde & Schwarz WMT software service to implement automated wireless manufacturing testing and a wide portfolio of shielded chambers, the R&S CMP200 offers a complete solution for transmitter, receiver, ToF and AoA measurements in conducted and radiated mode, compliant to IEEE 802.15.4a/z specifications. The R&S SMM100A is a midrange vector signal generator covering up to 44 GHz, and the only in its class to offer a maximum RF modulation bandwidth of 1 GHz, thus meeting the requirements to generate broadband signals used by UWB devices in R&D and production.

For further information about the UWB test solutions from Rohde & Schwarz, visit: https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/uwb

Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security and networks and cybersecurity. The technology group’s innovative communications, information and security products help industry and government customers ensure a safer and connected world. On June 30, 2020, Rohde & Schwarz had about 12,300 employees worldwide. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.58 billion in the 2019/2020 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.

R&S® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG.

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