Industry White Paper

High Rate Pulse Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Physical Layer Test and Certification

August 25, 2021 by Rohde & Schwarz Download PDF

White Paper Overview

Ultrawideband (UWB) is a radio technology operating in the unlicensed spectrum for near-field communications with low power consumption and low complexity at low cost.

During recent years, UWB technology has shown a steady growth in market size. Based on the market forecast of the UWB Alliance [Ref. 1], it is expected that well over 1 billion UWB-capable devices will be produced by 2025. UWB is used in various market segments such as telecommunications, the automotive industry, banking and financial services, healthcare and the public sector. It is estimated that 80% of smartphones and related accessories and 11% of car access devices will be equipped with UWB technology by 2025.

This white paper is an introduction to UWB physical layer fundamentals, the associated test requirements and appropriate test solutions.

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  • UWB standards and international UWB consortia
  • Technical fundamentals of UWB technology
  • The high rate pulse (HRP) UWB physical (PHY) layer based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard as well as the IEEE 802.15.4z standard
  • The ranging technique and location method of UWB
  • Test aspects of UWB devices with respect to the physical layer and ranging function, followed by a summary of R&S test solutions for UWB PHY verification

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