SOURCE: Azimuth Systems

October 02, 2007 08:30 ET

Azimuth Systems Announces New 802.11n Certification Test Suite

New Solution Streamlines the Product Pre-Certification Process for Vendors by Implementing the Full Automation of the Wi-Fi Alliance® 802.11n Draft 2.0 Test Plan

ACTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - Azimuth Systems Inc., the leading provider of Wi-Fi engineering test equipment, today introduced the new AzCert Wi-Fi 802.11n Certification Test Suite, a fully automated implementation of the Wi-Fi Alliance® 802.11n draft 2.0 certification test plan. Product vendors, device manufacturers and semiconductor vendors can use this automation solution to pre-test their products and streamline the certification process by enabling the completion of pre-certification testing in hours, rather than days or weeks.

802.11n device certification is a complex and time-consuming process -- which is more complicated than previous 802.11 certification programs -- because in addition to new 802.11n-specific test cases, Wi-Fi Alliance Certification of 802.11n draft 2.0 devices includes tests from the earlier WPA2 baseline and WMM certifications. The AzCert 802.11n Certification Test Suite fully automates the entire test plan and includes test tools that enable users to:

--  Accurately pre-certify access point and client devices in a manner
    that mirrors the Wi-Fi Alliance test process;
--  Significantly reduce test time and costs by completing pre-
    certification testing in just hours, rather than days or even weeks;
--  Maximize test efficiency by enabling the automation of all aspects of
    certification testing;
--  Run pre-certification as a nightly regression test rather than a final
    QA test;
--  Reliably duplicate test results at multiple locations.

The advanced automation script included in the new AzCert Wi-Fi 802.11n Certification Test Suite integrates into the standard Wi-Fi Alliance test setup and runs on the WFA-defined over the air configuration. All tests are controlled and configured by DIRECTOR™ II, Azimuth's second-generation test executive software that provides a central command point for managing tests, collecting data and analyzing results. This allows the entire series of over 100 test cases to be run together using the full configuration, or incrementally using a partial configuration. Additionally, the results of each test can be saved until all tests are complete -- dramatically saving time by allowing the users to retest only the portions that previously failed.

"Wi-Fi Certification is a critical component to ensuring the rapid growth of Wi-Fi-enabled devices based on the 802.11n draft 2.0 specification," said Graham Celine, senior director of marketing at Azimuth Systems. "The New AzCert 802.11n Certification Test Suite helps our customers to guarantee that their products will meet the stringent Wi-Fi Alliance Certification requirements before submitting them to an authorized test lab for final testing -- saving time, resources and money while enabling the delivery of higher quality products to market more quickly."

In addition to automating the time consuming tasks of configuring test bed devices, wireless sniffer and security servers, the AzCert Wi-Fi 802.11n Certification Test Suite also starts and runs tests automatically, as well as analyzes and interprets the results to determine if the test meets Wi-Fi Alliance pass/fail criteria. This reduces the operator involvement and automates the complex task of learning, interpreting and running the procedure manually to produce higher quality products in a faster time-to-market.

About Azimuth Systems

Azimuth Systems is a leading provider of wireless data communications test solutions. Azimuth's products are used by the world's foremost wireless semiconductor, system vendors and service providers to speed time-to-market and improve wireless product quality. Azimuth's standardized test solutions enable research, development, QA and marketing engineers to test the performance, conformance and certification of wireless devices and networks supporting data, voice and video applications. The company is based in Acton, Massachusetts and is backed by prestigious investors including Kodiak Venture Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. Azimuth may be contacted at (978) 263-6610 or at

Azimuth® is a registered trademark of Azimuth Systems and DIRECTOR™ is a trademark of Azimuth Systems. Wi-Fi Alliance® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

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