SOURCE: Azimuth Systems

Azimuth Systems

February 12, 2013 11:00 ET

Azimuth Meets Demands for LTE-Advanced Testing With New Multi-Link Topologies, Advanced Real World Test and Automation Capabilities

Industry-Leading Channel Emulation Portfolio Integrates Seamlessly With End-to-End Mobile Performance Test Platform

ACTON, MA--(Marketwire - Feb 12, 2013) - Azimuth Systems, Inc., a leading provider of automated, real-world mobile performance test solutions, today announced new capabilities for the ACE™ channel emulation portfolio that directly address LTE-Advanced test requirements. With these new capabilities, Azimuth continues the market-focused evolution of its integrated, end-to-end mobile performance test platform, giving customers the benefit of the only organically developed, integrated suite of test solutions capable of addressing the complete life cycle, from R&D to post-launch.

LTE-Advanced is designed to deliver a peak data rate of 1 Gbps, along with other subscriber benefits, and limited network deployments are underway. This next generation technology employs features including carrier aggregation and coordinated multi-point, requiring coordination across multiple wireless links. Azimuth's market-leading ACE™ MX and MX2 channel emulators are adding new capabilities to address the industry's evolving testing needs, with features including:

  • Multi-link channel emulator topologies designed for applications where channel and link density are critical factors, which feature support for configurations of up to 16 RF links and 64 digital fading channels;
  • Reciprocal Path Loss, which provides an intelligent mapping of dynamic downlink models to the uplink channel;
  • Automation for complete test bed control including user equipment, network emulators and diagnostic monitors, all run by a sophisticated test executive on a single PC.

These capabilities are designed to support multi-RAT and carrier aggregation test beds, and availability is ideally timed to match the needs of operators, OEMs and chipset vendors for full-scale testing.

"In working with our installed base of leading operators and OEMs worldwide, we have responded to the need to begin testing the unique features of LTE-Advanced in support of wide-scale deployments starting late 2013. Our announcement today responds to that need and maintains Azimuth's lead in real world testing," said Erik Org, director of product management, Azimuth Systems. "Due to our seamless, organically developed architecture, our ACE channel emulators can also be integrated into our modular, fully automated, end-to-end platform for mobile performance testing."

Azimuth's senior executives will be attending Mobile World Congress, February 25-28, in Barcelona, and welcome visitors to meet with them in Hall 7, Stand 7I90.

About The ACE MX and MX2 Channel Emulators

The ACE channel emulator product line is an easy-to-use family of fully-featured channel emulators designed to accurately create complex fading channels for testing the most advanced wireless technology and devices. The product line builds on Azimuth's industry-leading channel emulation capabilities and modular architecture to deliver a range of configurations for MIMO system testing.

ACE wireless channel emulators feature a patented design that is purpose-built for MIMO, and has been architected and designed from the ground up to meet the demanding needs of OFDM and MIMO-based systems. ACE MX and ACE MX2 are both fully bi-directional channel emulators supporting up to 8×4 MIMO topologies across a wide frequency range. They both feature built-in real time fading including industry standard models or custom designed models that allow users to recreate a variety of typical MIMO scenarios for accurate performance and interoperability testing.

The most recent addition to Azimuth's channel emulator portfolio, the ACE MX2, is the world's smallest, quietest and power efficient MIMO channel emulator available. The ACE MX2 MIMO channel emulator supports advanced testing configurations such as MU-MIMO, InterRAT handovers (iRAT), and carrier aggregation scenarios. Additionally, the ACE MX2 MIMO channel emulator features Azimuth's most advanced geometric modeling capabilities to enable real world testing with the advanced antenna models necessary for leading edge base stations, and full dynamic channel modeling.

About Azimuth Systems

Azimuth Systems is a leader in test and measurement for the global wireless communications industry, and counts many of the largest global operators and OEMs as customers. Azimuth's success in MIMO Channel Emulation has become the foundation of an innovative software-based test systems and end-to-end solutions portfolio focused on real world device and network performance test. Azimuth's unparalleled agility, keen focus on profitable growth markets, and intense customer orientation have contributed to an enviable track record of success. The company is based in Acton, Massachusetts with sales offices around the world. More information can be found at www.azimuthsystems.com.

Azimuth® is a registered trademark of Azimuth Systems and ACE™ is a trademark of Azimuth Systems.