Single-system protocol analyzer tests for both Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 6E

July 21, 2021
Teledyne LeCroy's single-system Frontline X500 protocol analyzer provides simultaneous Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 6E wireless protocol testing.

Protocol test expert Teledyne LeCroy (Milpitas, CA) this month unveiled its Frontline X500 wireless protocol analyzer, a one-box platform providing time-correlated captures of Bluetooth Basic Rate (BR), Extended Data Rate (EDR), Low Energy (LE), Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) and 802.15.4-based technologies such as Zigbee and Thread.

The Frontline X500 wideband and multi-radio design, coupled with Teledyne LeCroy’s Wireless Protocol Suite software, delivers reliable capture, decryption and decoding in complex multi-technology test environments. With support for the latest Wi-Fi technologies, the Frontline X500 is designed to capture and display full wireless protocol frames of Wi-Fi 5, (802.11ac, up to four client Multiple input Multiple Output) and Wi-Fi 6/6E (802.11ax, up to two client Multiple input Multiple Output) in a time-corelated view.

Teledyne LeCroy notes that such co-existence analysis helps to reveal potential issues, errors, interference, or conflicts in the wireless trace, as well as to identify device performance enhancement opportunities. Additional flexibility comes from the Frontline X500's ability to analyze the latest audio codecs that run over Bluetooth LE, as well as its 24-channels of logic analysis, capability to capture synchronously with other Teledyne LeCroy protocol analyzers, and software APIs for test automation.

As noted and observed by the manufacturer: "Multiple wireless communication standards have proliferated into Internet-of-things (IoT), automotive, smart cities and buildings, and consumer electronics. The roll-out of technologies like mesh networks, location-based services, new audio codecs, as well as the addition of new frequency bands allows for new and improved applications and services, but also adds complexity to the design and test of devices used in these wireless networks."

"To debug and validate the integration of multiple wireless technologies, design and test engineers require flexible protocol test tools capable of testing multiple wireless technologies simultaneously to ensure connectivity, performance, and interoperability with other systems," added the company's statement.

“With nearly five billion Bluetooth enabled devices shipping annually, our ecosystem relies on test and measurement equipment to validate designs for interoperability and conformance,” asserted Mark Powell, CEO, Bluetooth SIG. “We are pleased to see companies like Teledyne LeCroy continue to aid Bluetooth developers in testing and troubleshooting devices as they create exciting new Bluetooth enabled innovations across the world.”

The Frontline X500 Wireless Protocol Analyzer is now available. To place an order or for additional information, contact Teledyne LeCroy at 1-800-359-8570 or visit www.TeledyneLeCroy.com/FrontlineX500.

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