Keysight Technologies, ASELSAN Sign 5G R&D Strategic Partnership Memorandum of Understanding


Companies to collaborate on 5G active antenna systems, remote radio heads, prototype verification platform integration and characterization capabilities


  • Companies agree to collaborate on enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) technologies for 5G
  • Collaboration will lead to the next generation of high-speed broadband mmWave wireless communications radio access technology networks

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2016

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) and ASELSAN Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., Turkey, today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a strategic partnership on research and development of 5G communication technologies. Both parties are committed to working together on 5G enabling technologies—especially on active antenna systems and remote radio heads, as well as prototype verification platform integration and characterization capabilities, with a goal of enhancing future 5G wireless communication innovations.
The collaboration between Keysight and ASELSAN started with ASELSAN mmWave RRH integration within Keysight's 5G Waveform Generation and Analysis Testbed, Reference Solution, including MIMO real-time beamforming and beam steering over-the-air characterization capabilities. The W1906BEL 5G Baseband Exploration Library provides ready-to-use reference signal processing IPs for 5G technology research. ASELSAN will provide the following products and solutions:

  • 10 Ghz microwave transmitter with antennae
  • 10 GHz microwave receiver with antennae
  • Control unit and local oscillator for massive MIMO beam steering
  • Antennae for user equipment

The collaboration will lead to the launch of the next generation of RRH high-speed broadband mmWave wireless communications exploration and new characterization technics.

"I am very pleased that our engineers will be using the testbed developed as a result of this collaboration for real-time MIMO technology exploration and over-the-air characterization," said İsmet Atalar, ASELSAN Technology and strategy management vice president. "This will help speed up our work moving from design to test to the verification of our prototypes and future 5G products.

"The development and validation of mmWave MIMO systems pose huge challenges," said Dr. Hongwei Kong, manager of Keysight Labs China. "A high-performance, customizable mmWave MIMO hardware platform, an easy to use design and simulation software solution, and a set of ready-to-use 5G libraries, are critical for the designers to address those challenges faster and more efficiently. The collaboration with ASELSAN to integrate the Keysight solution with ASELSAN antenna arrays and realize a live prototype system will demonstrate an important step toward meeting these challenges."

"Keysight is actively involved in 5G standards development and is fully committed to innovating the solutions needed to accelerate deployment of the next generation of wireless communications," said Benoit Neel, Keysight EMEAI vice president and general manager. "That's why we are so proud to be collaborating with ASELSAN on 5G radio access technologies. It not only represents a significant advance in the realization of 5G, but also conjointly paves the way for future research and development of mmWave communication systems. This is yet another example of our engagement around the world with 5G leading organizations such as ASELSAN."

About ASELSAN in 5G

ASELSAN is especially capable in developing high technology systems both in high frequency and communications. It is imperative for 5G applications to address the ever-improving need for data rates. This need results in employing higher frequency ranges of the spectrum along with better spectral usage. ASELSAN's mmWave transceivers will be a valuable part of enabling the lesser used parts of the spectrum for 5G applications.

In addition to RF/mmWave capabilities, ASELSAN has a proven record of designing high-quality communication systems. Most recent example of these systems is the RRU that is designed to be used in LTE currently being deployed by Turkish network operators.

About Keysight in 5G

The development of 5G depends on up-to-date tools that let designers easily explore new signals, scenarios and topologies. Keysight's 5G solutions are ready to enable deeper insights as development evolves with the standard. In design and test, Keysight is helping industry leaders innovate across new and existing technologies as they transform ideas into reality. Additional information about Keysight's 5G design, test and measurement solutions is available at


ASELSAN is a Turkish Armed Forces Foundation company established in 1975. As a high technology and multi-product company, ASELSAN designs, develops and manufactures state-of-the-art systems, platforms and sensors serving the security/defense, microelectronics/avionics, communications, radar/electronic-warfare, transportation, energy, traffic and medical system markets. It is the largest (in terms of both revenue and employ count) high technology company in Turkey. ASELSAN generates revenue over 1.2 billion USD annually, have customers in over 63 different countries and has 5000 employees of which over 2500 are R&D engineers. Information about ASELSAN is available at

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) helps customers bring breakthrough electronic products and systems to market faster and at a lower cost. Keysight's solutions go where the electronic signal goes, from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in the network. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, internet infrastructure, aerospace & defense, automotive, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of $2.9B in fiscal year 2015. More information is available at

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