Next-generation 5G wireless will hinge on hardware operating at speeds that outrun today’s testing equipment. The radiated signal metrology for 30 GHz to 300 GHz frequencies remains sparse. Channel sounding data and agreed-upon models are lacking. In short, the metrology infrastructure upon which to build next-generation 5G communications remains at large.
NIST CTL’s millimeter-wave metrology work seeks to fill this void through four major research areas, all focusing on supporting the development of 5G wireless infrastructure. These efforts involve on-chip and free-field measurements to establish the ability to measure the antennas and communications hardware that will underpin 5G wireless.