Marie Hattar

Keysight and Queen’s University Belfast partner to drive the next generation of millimeter-wave research

Blog Post created by Marie Hattar Employee on May 8, 2018

How can our ever-growing numbers of digital devices communicate at even higher data rates, with lower latency and wider coverage than they do today? These are the questions that advanced wireless technologies such as 5G and new ultra-fast Wi-Fi standards are helping to answer, utilizing millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies.


But these technologies also present new challenges, placing stringent demands on designers and manufacturers across industries to characterize and test the performance of their mmWave components and devices, and ensure they perform as expected. At mmWave’s frequencies, there’s virtually no margin for error.


To help meet these challenges, Keysight is already leading the way in delivering end-to-end test solutions that enable the industry to bring their current innovations to market faster. And we’re also looking to the future, helping to develop the skills of the next generation of designers and engineers, to accelerate new research and technology breakthroughs.

That’s why we recently announced the opening of a new mmWave research laboratory in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast, at its Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT). The lab, based in the Institute’s Centre for Wireless Innovation, offers a truly state-of-the-art microwave and mmWave research environment that can accommodate over 60 researchers, students, and engineers.


We have equipped the lab with a range of our advanced test solutions, including the N5247A PNA-X Non-Linear Vector Network Analyzer, E8361C PNA Microwave Network Analyzer with N5260A mmWave controller and a N9040B UXA Signal Analyzer. These will enable researchers and students to investigate, analyze and measure the performance of mmWave prototype components and devices across a range of applications, from wireless communications to imaging, radar, and telemetry systems.


The Keysight equipment supports a wide range of test and measurement configurations, including ultra-high quality mmWave signal generation, and rich signal and network analysis capabilities. It can also be easily adapted to multiple different test scenarios, to enable full characterization and testing of both active and passive mmWave components.

Announcing the new lab, Professor Vincent Fusco, Chief Technical Officer of ECIT and leader of microwave research at the University for over 30 years, commented: "This partnership between Queen's University Belfast and Keysight gives us unprecedented measurement and instrumentation capabilities that will transform our microwave and mmWave laboratories, to advance our world-leading research in this area."


It’s a privilege for us to work with Queen's University Belfast – which is ranked in the top 1% of universities globally – in opening the new lab. Both undergraduate and postgraduate students will be able to use its world-class facilities to explore mmWave theory and techniques, helping to drive the future of wireless-enabled connectivity.


As part of our Millimeter-wave Measurement Insights HOTSPOTS Seminar series, Dr. Dmitry Zelenchuk, Senior Research Engineer at Queens University Belfast’s ECIT Institute will be joined by experts from Keysight in Belfast on May 24th. Dr Zelenchuk's presentation will focus on case studies of mmWave components and provide insights into mmWave measurements in recent academic research.


For more information about the Belfast event, and the HOTSPOTS Seminar series which is visiting 14 other cities across Europe over the coming months, click here.