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Method for testing a radio frequency (RF) data packet signal transceiver device under test (DUT) including communicating via at least one of multiple available signal channels. Data packets exchanged between a tester and DUT as a normal part of a communication link initiation sequence are selectively exchanged and suppressed to enable testing of the DUT without requiring inclusion of special drivers within the DUT, special test software within the tester or establishment of a synchronized communication link between the tester and DUT. For example, in the case of a Bluetooth low energy transceiver, advertisement, scan request and scan response data packets can be used in such manner.


Method for testing a radio frequency (RF) data packet signal transceiver device under test (DUT) including communicating via each one of multiple available signal channels. Data packets exchanged between a tester and DUT as a normal part of a communication link initiation sequence are exchanged in such a manner that the tester transmits via all available channels simultaneously, thereby ensuring that a properly working DUT will always transmit in response. For example, in the case of a Bluetooth low energy transceiver, advertisement, scan request and scan response data packets can be used in such manner.


Method for testing a radio frequency (RF) data packet signal transceiver device under test (DUT) including communicating via each one of multiple available signal channels. Data packets exchanged between a tester and DUT as a normal part of a communication link initiation sequence are exchanged in such a manner that the tester transmits with varied signal power via all available channels simultaneously, thereby ensuring that a properly working DUT will transmit in response to reception of tester data packets having sufficient signal power. For example, in the case of a Bluetooth low energy transceiver, advertisement, scan request and scan response data packets can be used in such manner.


Method for testing a radio frequency (RF) data packet signal transceiver device under test (DUT) with multiple RF signal transmitters and RF signal receivers capable of concurrent operations. Multiple successions of test data packets from a tester to respective RF signal receivers of the DUT and multiple successions of responsive DUT data packets from respective RF signal transmitters of the DUT to the tester are conveyed such that multiple RF signal transmissions, multiple RF signal receptions, or RF signal transmission and reception are performed at least partially concurrently.


Method for testing implicit beamforming performance of a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radio frequency (RF) data packet signal transceiver device under test (DUT). The data packet signals forming the sequential data packet signal transmissions used for beamforming are produced with a selectively varied phase difference and conveyed via internal RF signal paths to external transmit terminals. Combining these transmitted data packet signals produces a combined data packet signal in which a peak power occurs during which a particular phase difference is being induced between the sequential DUT data packet signal transmissions used for the beamforming. This phase difference corresponds to the difference in RF signal phase lengths between the internal RF signal paths of the DUT, and is thereby indicative of the amount of phase shift needed between the sequential DUT data packet signal transmissions used for the beamforming to enable optimal implicit beamforming performance.


A method for wireless communications testing using downlink (DL) signal transmissions from an access point to a mobile terminal and uplink (UL) signal transmissions from said mobile terminal to said access point. Accurate block error rate (BLER) testing of LTE mobile devices in a wireless signal environment is enabled by preventing repeated transmissions of the same downlink (DL) data block that would normally follow reception of uplink (UL) transmissions of negative UL acknowledgments (NACKs) caused by failures to decode prior DL data transmissions, thereby producing cumulative NACK counts accurately reflecting data reception errors.


Method for testing one or more of a group of radio frequency (RF) data packet signal transceiver devices under test (DUTs) with reduced signal interference from the remaining DUTs. A tester broadcasts a signal containing power control instructions about uplink signal power characteristics for communication with the tester. For example, for the LTE 3GPP standards, such characteristics could include power ramping step size, preamble initial received target power or maximum number of preamble transmissions for uplink signals transmitted from the DUTs. Following initiation of communication between the tester and one or more DUTs, the tester broadcasts a signal containing power control instructions to instruct the remaining DUTs to transmit any future signals with different uplink signal power characteristics. For the LTE 3GPP standards, such different characteristics could include reduced power ramping step size, reduced preamble initial received target power or reduced maximum number of preamble transmissions for uplink signals.


Method for calibrating an over-the air (OTA) test system for testing multiple radio frequency (RF) data packet signal transceiver devices under test (DUTs), as well as using such a calibrated OTA test system for performing such tests. Calibration is achieved by placing a known good device (KGD) in multiple defined locations within the OTA test system, radiating the KGD with RF test signals at each location, and collecting from the KGD at each location channel quality information identifying optimal RF test signal sub-band channels for ensuring reliable communications within the test system. Use of such system includes placing multiple DUTs at the defined locations within the OTA test system and communicating with them wirelessly via the identified optimal RF test signal sub-band channels.


Method for testing a radio frequency (RF) data packet signal transceiver device under test (DUT) in which test data packets with varying power levels are transmitted to the DUT for testing the DUT while still ensuring that the DUT remains in receive (RX) mode and is prevented from searching for another data packet signal. Alternatively, in the event that the DUT becomes unresponsive due to searching for another data packet signal, multiple test data packets with sufficient signal power levels to ensure reception by the DUT are transmitted to the DUT to cause the DUT to cease searching for another data packet signal and return to RX mode.


Method for testing a radio frequency (RF) data packet signal transceiver device under test (DUT) including detecting transitions between RF data packet signal transmission and reception by the DUT, detecting transitions between different RF data packet signal transmission operations by the DUT, and detecting transitions between different RF data packet signal reception operations by the DUT.

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