Keysight to provide 5G test tools to Xiaomi

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Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has selected Keysight Technologies to provide it with test tools to validate the 5G technology in its smartphones and IoT devices.

The US test equipment provider said that it would provide Xiaomi with automated field-to-lab device test platform solutions, which leverage artificial intelligence (AI) software and channel emulation capabilities.

Keysight's test tools will help the Chinese company – the second-biggest maker of smartphones in the world after Samsung – to validate the performance of 5G devices under a wide range of network signaling and radio channel conditions.

It's not the first time the US company has been selected by a Chinese smartphone to help with 5G testing. In February, Keysight announced a deal with Vivo to expand its use of Keysight 5G device testing solutions.

"In 2018, Keysight and Xiaomi initiated a collaboration on 5G technology to accelerate development of our 5G mobile devices," said Cao Peng, vice president and general manager of Keysight's wireless test group. "We are pleased to continue our support of Xiaomi with solutions that validate the performance of 5G smartphones and IoT devices to ensure expected end-user quality of experience is achieved."

"Since the company's inception in 2010, Xiaomi has continuously pursued innovation, high-quality user experience and operational efficiency," said Wei-Yan Ge, general manager at Xiaomi Test Department. "Strengthening our collaboration with Keysight has enabled us to pursue an innovative, convenient, friendly and interconnected world."

Keysight said that it integrated several hardware and software components to establish an automated virtual drive testing environment for Xiaomi to perform end-user QoE and 5G device validation.

The company also stated that it had successfully integrated lab- and field-based test capabilities to deliver advanced 5G test solutions.

This will facilitate Xiaomi in their efforts to leverage next-generation communications technologies to create devices that support high-speed and low-latency wireless connectivity, Keysight said.