Sunday, July 21, 2024

A Single-System Protocol Analyzer for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 6E : The First of its Kind

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The worldwide leader in protocol test solutions, Teledyne LeCroy has announced the Frontline X500 wireless protocol analyzer, a one-box solution providing 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 Teledyne LeCroy‘s Wireless Protocol Suite software, delivers reliable capture, decryption and decoding in complex multi-technology test environments, with market-leading support for the latest Wi-Fi technologies: the Frontline X500 is designed to capture and display 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 coexistence analysis helps to reveal potential issues, errors, interference, or conflicts in the wireless trace, as well as to identify device performance enhancement opportunities. Additional flexibility comes from its ability to analyze the latest audio codecs that run over Bluetooth LE, as well as its 24-channels of logic analysis, capability to capture synchronously with other Teledyne LeCroy protocol analyzers, and software APIs for test automation.

Frontline X500 – First Single-system Protocol Analyzer for Bluetooth® Technology and Wi-Fi 6E. Credit: Teledyne LeCroy

Today, we see Multiple wireless communication standards that have taken their path into Internet-of-things (IoT), automotive, smart cities and buildings, and consumer electronics. The development of new technologies like mesh networks, location-based services, as well as the addition of new frequency bands has enabled improved performance. However, the complexity of designing and testing has also increased extensively. 

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This has added additional needs among design engineers: the requirement of flexible protocol test tools capable of testing multiple wireless technologies simultaneously to ensure connectivity, performance, and interoperability with other systems.

“With nearly five billion Bluetooth enabled devices shipping annually, our ecosystem relies on test and measurement equipment to validate designs for interoperability and conformance,” said Mark Powell, CEO, Bluetooth SIG. “We are pleased to see companies like Teledyne LeCroy continue to aid Bluetooth developers in testing and troubleshooting devices as they create exciting new Bluetooth enabled innovations across the world.”


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