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The BBox™ and UD Box are tools built for fast prototyping.

A ready-to-use mmWave device is hard to find out in the market.
TMYTEK designed the BBox™ series devices to meet the demands of R&D and 5G antenna research where flexibility is key!

What value does the BBox™ bring to me? How will it help with my 5G antenna research?

The BBox™ is a 5G mmWave beamforming development tool. This tool is designed to save you and your students the effort and time required to develop a beamforming testing system from scratch.

For antenna designers, the BBox™ antenna is detachable which means that you can easily dock in your own antenna to test its performance.

The BBox™ GUI is extremely user-friendly and compatible with multiple coding languages. You can easily change the beam angle by adjusting phase and amplitude with the TMXLAB Kit GUI. You can also load your own custom codebook into the software.

BBox One Front Panel with 4x4 antenna attached BBox One with front panel with antenna removed
BBox™ One front panel with and without antenna

How does the BBox™ work with a network analyzer?

Phase, Amplitude, and Gain can be modified and changed for every channel through the BBox™ GUI. Follow the steps bellow to integrate your BBox™ with a network analyzer, a video tutorial is also provided.

  1. Remove the antenna from the BBox™
  2. Adapt SMPM to a standard k-connector, using a cable
  3. Connect your device to the network analyzer.
  4. Control the network analyzer within the BBox™ GUI
BBox™ and network analyzer integration tutorial.

What is the operating frequency of the BBox™? How do I use it with sub-6 GHz instruments?

The BBox™ covers frequency ranges in n257, n258, n260, n261.

For sub-6 GHz instruments consider the UD Box, a mmWave broadband up/down converter, to upgrade your sub-6 GHz instrument to 5G mmWave.

UD Box frequencies: 24 to 44 GHz (RF); 0.01 to 14 GHz (IF)

NI URSP Configuration
USRP, 2 UD Boxes, 2 BBox™ One configured to phase up sub-6 GHz instrumentation.