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By Rich Handley

Nordic Semiconductor Validates LitePoint for Over-the-Air BLE Device Testing

LitePoint, a provider of wireless test solutions, has announced that Nordic Semiconductor has validated LitePoint's IQxel-M Bluetooth Advanced wireless test system for over-the-air (OTA) testing of products that use Nordic's Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) systems-on-chip (SoCs).

This will enable IoT device makers utilizing Nordic's nRF51 and nRF52 Series SoCs in their products to quickly perform critical OTA performance and functionality testing of their products in order to verify their designs and ramp up manufacturing. OTA testing is a requirement for BLE devices that do not usually allow for traditional wired test methods because they are often fully encapsulated.

Products that include the nRF51 and nRF52 Series SoCs will not require special test firmware when utilizing the IQxel-M. Instead, they will utilize the system's commercial firmware, ensuring that the measurement results correlate with how the device is used in the end application. A white paper published by Nordic niotes, "The IQxel-M with LitePoint Bluetooth Advanced measurement solution performs transmitter power, transmitter quality, and receiver sensitivity measurements, providing excellent coverage and confidence in the wireless performance of the device."

Nordic's nRF51 and nRF52 Series BLE SoCs are based on Arm's M0, M4 and M4F processors, and feature a range of devices with different features and Flash and RAM memory capacities for applications at all power consumption and cost levels. Nordic's BLE solutions are compliant with versions of Bluetooth technology ranging from Bluetooth 4.0 to the latest release.

"Nordic offers sophisticated wireless connectivity products which power advanced IoT applications. However, because the complexity of the product is hidden from the designer behind easy-to-use development tools, time to market is compressed," said Jon Gunnar Sponås, Nordic Semiconductor's group manager for technical support, in a prepared statement. "Nordic's collaboration with LitePoint and its innovative OTA technology extends this design simplicity to testing because it means end products can be checked fully assembled, which better simulates real world conditions."

"IoT systems and sensor manufacturers must balance the need for high RF quality, which can make or break a product, with cost sensitivity," said Adam Smith, LitePoint's director of product marketing, in the prepared statement. "We've developed the IQxel-M as a simple-to-deploy, over-the-air test solution that meets the needs of encapsulated IoT devices. We're pleased to work with Nordic Semiconductor to provide a proven system to its customers."

The IQxel-M, a solution for wireless connectivity testing, supports a variety of wireless standards, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, LoRa and Sigfox. It also supports such navigation technologies as GPS, GLONASS and Beidou. The system can perform parallel testing of multiple devices (multi-DUT), while enabling the concurrent test of multiple technologies (Multicom).

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