Sunday, May 26, 2024

Single-System Protocol Analyser For Bluetooth And Wi-Fi Technologies

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The solution strengthens the testing and validation of wireless technologies, ensuring seamless connectivity and performance

Multiple wireless communication standards are essential to Internet-of-things (IoT), automotive, smart cities and buildings and consumer electronics. Technologies like mesh networks, location-based services, new audio codecs, as well as, the addition of new frequency bands enable improved applications and services. But they also add complexity to the design and test of devices used in these wireless networks. To debug and validate the integration of multiple wireless technologies, design and test engineers require flexible protocol test tools that can validate testing of multiple wireless technologies simultaneously for ensuring connectivity, performance and interoperability with other systems.

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Addressing this issue is the Frontline X500 wireless protocol analyser from Teledyne LeCroy. The device is a one-box solution that provides time-correlated captures of Bluetooth Basic Rate (BR), Extended Data Rate (EDR), Low Energy (LE), Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) and 802.15.4-based technologies such as Zigbee and Thread.

The Frontline X500 wideband and multi-radio design, coupled with the company’s Wireless Protocol Suite software, delivers reliable capture, decryption and decoding in complex multi-technology test environments. It captures and displays full wireless protocol frames of Wi-Fi 5, (802.11ac, up to four clients Multiple Input Multiple Output) and Wi-Fi 6/6E (802.11ax, up to two clients Multiple Input Multiple Output) in a time-correlated view. Such co-existence analysis reveals potential issues, interference or conflicts in the wireless trace, as well as, identifies device performance enhancement opportunities. Additional flexibility comes from its ability to analyse the latest audio codecs that run over Bluetooth LE and 24-channels of logic analysis capability for synchronously capturing with other Teledyne LeCroy protocol analysers, and software APIs for test automation.


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