RF Antenna Performance – CTIA is working at a rapid pace on further releases
CTIA released the RF Antenna Performance test plan 3.2.2 some time ago and laboratories have been authorized to use it under the umbrella of the PTCRB certification program and under certain circumstances also for GCF (Global Certification Forum).
However at the same time CTIA had already scheduled a further release to improve special antenna performance requirements for new product types, enhanced technologies and expanded frequency bands. Version 3.2.3 has been published on the 9th of July and CATLs need to get prepared.
The next new version upgrade of the famous CTIA RF Antenna Performance test plan was already released and audits have to take place during 2014. The version 3.3 is scheduled to include a large number of additions such as:
- TRP, TIS and A-GPS for additional LTE bands 26 and 41
- Free-space limits for CDMA 1700/2100
- A-GPS updates
- Test optimizations
- Integrated M2M device appendix
It can be expected that this new version may be used by the end of this year.
After that, test plan version 3.4 is under development, which includes further aspects of modern cellular devices, not limited to but also covering A-GNSS such as A-GLONASS, integrated device updates and additional LTE Bands.
It should be noted that CTIA intends to release a separate test plan covering MIMO RF Antenna Performance requirements, targeting LTE. The test methods will require a special and different test set-up compared to SISO testing.
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