5G and 6G Wireless Research and Prototyping

Real-Time Prototyping to Accelerate Discovery

NI’s 5G and 6G solutions enable researchers to quickly move from mathematical models to over-the-air testbeds—going beyond simulation to real-world experiments. Testbeds offer the ability to evaluate how new technologies will perform under realistic conditions and their potential for increasing network performance and enabling new services. Through integration of hardware and software, NI provides flexible solutions for engineers to rapidly prototype and deploy real-time wireless communications systems.


Gain Insight into End-to-End System Performance Beyond 5G

The xRAN Testbed provides a high-performance tool to prototype and research next-generation radio access network technology. With software defined radio (SDR) hardware and a full 5G NR protocol stack, you can go beyond software simulation to real-world experiments and gain a true understanding of system behavior and performance.

xRAN Testbed Solution Brochure

xRAN Testbed System Overview

This diagram shows the three main subsystems of the xRAN Testbed—the core network, gNodeB (gNB), and user equipment (UE)—along with their high-level hardware and software components.

Reduce Time to Discovery

3GPP-compliant 5G NR standalone (SA) reference IP with commercial-grade stack saves development time and helps you experiment more quickly.

Achieve Leading Performance

High-throughput implementation enables up to 900 Mbps downlink (DL) and 40 Mbps uplink (UL) with single user MIMO (4-layer DL, 1-layer UL) support.

Gain Interactive Insight

Configurable signal parameters enable you to evaluate various link scenarios using gNB and UE GUIs to analyze and troubleshoot.

Adapt to Changing Needs

Modular hardware and software architecture is designed for future upgradability, so you can evolve beyond 5G.

Work with an NI Partner

The NI Partner Network is a global community of domain, application, and test experts working with NI to meet your needs. NI Partners are trusted solution providers, systems integrators, consultants, product developers, and services- and sales-channel experts skilled in a range of industry and application areas.

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