NYU Wireless teamed with the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) to build a wireless emulator for 5G systems. The emulator recreates both the wireless channel and the phased-array antennas. It can be used for transmitter and receiver devices so researchers can understand how 5G will perform in different environments and weather conditions.
According to a blog post from NYU Wireless, researchers used commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware from National Instruments coupled with emulator software that is based upon reference designs available to the academic researchers. By using COTS, the researchers said they can lower the cost and complexity of the testing.