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Azimuth Systems

January 11, 2010 08:30 ET

Azimuth Systems Achieves Record Growth in 2009 in the Wireless Channel Emulator Market

Leading Provider of Wireless Broadband Test Equipment and Channel Emulators Increases Revenue, Customer Base and International Presence

ACTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - Azimuth Systems, Inc., a leading provider of wireless broadband test equipment and channel emulators for LTE, WiMAX, 2G/3G cellular and Wi-Fi technologies, today announced several milestones that marked the company's continued growth in 2009, including significant gains in the MIMO and cellular markets.

Spearheading its success in the LTE, WiMAX and 2G/3G industries was the introduction of Azimuth's universal MIMO channel emulator, the ACE™ MX, a purpose-built, enhanced testing solution architected to meet the demanding needs of Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO)- and orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)-based systems. The popularity of the ACE MX in 2009 resulted in a significant increase in Azimuth channel emulator year-over-year revenue, including adoption by five of the world's leading wireless infrastructure vendors. Overall, Azimuth more than doubled its channel emulator customer base through expansion in North America, Europe and Asia and by expansion in the infrastructure and mobile equipment vendor, service provider, semiconductor, test laboratory, government and university market segments.

International growth for Azimuth was supported by the addition of several new international distributors worldwide including EHS Electronic Systems GmbH covering Austria, Germany and Switzerland; RDT Equipment and Systems in Israel; and Barbus Technology in China. In addition, to further support its growing global business, Azimuth added direct employees in China and Europe.

"Azimuth's record growth and sustained profitability in 2009 is a testament toward our ability to anticipate market needs and create high quality products that meet the demands of the ever-changing wireless market," said Jim Iuliano, president and CEO of Azimuth Systems. "As we open the door to 2010, we are committed to building upon our leadership role in the field of MIMO communications testing and to continuing to deliver reliable test solutions and channel emulators, which meet the needs of the latest generation of wireless, carrier-grade networks and solutions for Wi-Fi, WiMAX, LTE, 2G/3G cellular technologies and beyond."

In addition to launching the ACE MX MIMO Channel Emulator in 2009, Azimuth released several enhancements to the product, including an industry-unique configuration that enables users to add a non-fading, reverse path internal to the ACE MX; fully-automated 4x4 MIMO bi-directional operation to support the testing of advanced antenna techniques like beamforming; and several new GUI enhancement that further product ease-of-use for which Azimuth is well-known in the industry. The company also announced its new 802.11 a/b/g/n Client Performance Test Suite, which allows users to more easily and quickly benchmark performance, interoperability and functionality of Wi-Fi devices under the most demanding conditions to ensure the delivery of higher quality products and faster time-to-market.

Furthermore, Azimuth continued to form partnerships with other leading test equipment companies to produce enhanced test solutions which deliver more value to their common customers. Azimuth partnered with Anite to develop the WiMAX Performance Tester, which combines Azimuth's channel emulator with Anite's base station emulator, as well as integrated its ACE MX Universal Channel Emulator with Anite's SAS test platform to substantially expand operator test coverage as numerous conformance, performance and interoperability test cases require channel emulation. Similarly, Innowireless integrated the Azimuth ACE MX MIMO channel emulator into its AWT-500AP test system designed for comprehensive Wave 2 Mobile WiMAX pre-certification testing to enable the execution of numerous WiMAX Forum-specified radio conformance tests where fading, Doppler and AWGN effects are required.

Azimuth's ACE MX MIMO Channel Emulator received several industry accolades in 2009. TMC, in conjunction with Crossfire Media, recognized the ACE MX MIMO Channel Emulator with the 2009 4GWE LTE Visionary Award, and Test & Measurement World editors also chose the platform as a finalist for its annual Best in Test Awards. The test and measurement community will be voting from among the finalists to receive the 2009 Test Product of the Year award through February 19th at with winners to be announced in April 2010.

The year was also marked by Azimuth's continued active participation in the wireless industry, including its joining of the LSTI (Long Term Evolution/System Architecture Evolution Trial Initiative), a global, collaborative technology trial initiative focused on accelerating the availability of commercial and interoperable next generation LTE mobile broadband systems and joining the European-based COST2100 (Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research) organization and focusing on MIMO OTA (Over-the-Air) testing proposals and methodologies. Azimuth also announced a partnership with the Center for Multimedia Communication, home of the Wireless Open-Access Research Platform (WARP) Group at Rice University. In addition to providing Rice University with an ACE channel emulator for extensive research on advanced transceiver architectures including beamforming, sphere detection and cooperative communications, Azimuth will collaborate on several research projects, which are poised to become part of 4G wireless.

About Azimuth Systems

Azimuth Systems is a leading provider of wireless broadband test equipment and channel emulators for LTE, WiMAX, 2G/3G cellular and Wi-Fi technologies. Azimuth's products are used by the world's foremost wireless semiconductor designers, infrastructure and mobile equipment vendors, and service providers to improve wireless product quality and speed time-to-market. Azimuth's wireless test and channel emulation products and solutions enable research, development, quality assurance and systems engineers to test the performance, conformance, certification and interoperability of broadband wireless devices and networks while greatly reducing the cost and time of manual testing.

The company is based near Boston, Massachusetts and may be contacted at +1 (978) 263-6610 or at Follow Azimuth Systems on Twitter at

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