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Low-energy test sol'n complies with Bluetooth 4.0

Posted: 29 Dec 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth  radio test  wireless application 

MT8852B test set

Anritsu Co. debuts a Bluetooth low-energy testing option that allows designers and manufacturers of Bluetooth products to conduct radio layer testing that is in compliance with the newly adopted Bluetooth Core Specification 4.0. With the option, engineers can use the MT8852B test set to complete a test script covering Bluetooth Basic Rate, Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) and low energy measurements in < 15 seconds by pressing a single key, greatly simplifying production test programs.

The new Bluetooth low energy measurement option adds six low energy test cases to the base MT8852B test set. These new test cases can be run as part of a test script to simplify creation of test programs and reduce test times.

Bluetooth low energy measurements are performed directly on the MT8852B which controls the device under test using defined HCI or two-wire control commands. For development applications, the MT8852B low energy measurement option is supplied with a PC application that displays low energy reference test packets in graphical format, as well as providing clear pass/fail status for all supported measurements against the specified limits. This facilitates the identification of the causes of any device failure during the critical design and development stages.

Anritsu developed the option based upon its active involvement in the Bluetooth SIG. Anritsu representatives have been instrumental in the development of the radio layer test specification for the new standard. The low-energy option was developed by working with Bluetooth chip developers, who used the MT8852B for their silicon design and development.

Bluetooth low energy is suited for applications that require occasional data transfer from devices that run for over a year from a single button cell battery. Typical applications include sports and fitness devices such as heart rate monitors, as well as medical products such as blood glucose meters and industrial sensors.

The MT8852B offers the most comprehensive testing facilities of any Bluetooth wireless technology enabled test set. It is widely used by all leading developers and manufacturers for Bluetooth Basic Rate, EDR, audio, and low energy measurements. It also has the unique ability to test the Adaptive Frequency Hopping feature of Bluetooth that facilitates co-existence with 2.4GHz 802.11 WLAN products. Support software includes Anritsu's BlueSuite Pro3 PC application for viewing all Bluetooth packet waveforms and BlueTest for automating high volume production test.

The MT8852B Bluetooth Test Set low energy measurements option has a delivery of 2-4 weeks ARO.

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