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Keysight Technologies and Samsung team up to develop 6G

By Catherine Knowles
Tue 22 Feb 2022

Keysight Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Samsung Research to advance research and development of 6G technology, which is regarded as the next generation of wireless communication.

Keysight joined forces with Samsung, a specialist in the delivery of end-to-end solutions for wireless infrastructure and mobile devices across multiple generations.

Keysight states it will support the company's 6G vision of a hyper-connected world.

According to the company, 6G is expected to be built on technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), sensing, digital twins, time-sensitive networking (TSN) and holographic communications.

The two companies will work together to develop test and verification technologies for 6G wireless systems.

Keysight network infrastructure business vice president Giampaolo Tardioli says, "Keysight is pleased to expand its existing collaboration with Samsung, which has resulted in several important achievements towards establishing 5G new radio (NR) as a mature technology."

Tardioli continues, "6G is expected to underpin the wireless connectivity fabric that leverages heterogenous networks and the convergence of communication and computing.

"Establishing a 6G partnership with Samsung enables Keysight to refine our software-driven test solutions, critical in developing differentiated 6G products."

The collaboration will accelerate the development of AI-enabled air interfaces that leverage massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO) antenna technology.

Such air interfaces support deployment of energy-efficient and ultra-dense networks capable of delivering ultra-low latencies and terabit data wireless transmissions.

Samsung Research executive vice president Sunghyun Choi says, "The signing of this MoU with Keysight will greatly advance Samsung's 6G strategy of combining the company's expertise in communication technology with capabilities in software and AI.

"Joining forces with Keysight enables Samsung to influence a future that uses 6G to improve human connection, health and safety."

Keysight states the company possesses foundational technology and key building blocks essential to helping 6G become a reality.

This includes network, channel and user equipment (UE) emulation, mmWave and sub-Terahertz (THz) signal source and analysis, as well as high-speed Ethernet network emulation and data center connectivity testing.

Keysight's integrated software and hardware test tools, for end-to-end conformance, interoperability, performance and security validation, allow Samsung to accurately and holistically explore the margins of designs used to power future 6G use cases, the company states.

Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world.

The company states it is also dedicated to speed and precision, and this extends to software-driven insights and analytics to bring tomorrow's technology products to market faster.

These products sit across the development lifecycle, including design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis and network performance optimisation and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments.

The company's customers spans the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace and defence, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.9B in fiscal year 2021.

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