SOURCE: Azimuth Systems

May 14, 2007 08:30 ET

Azimuth Systems Announces Industry's First Scalable MIMO Wi-Fi Engineering Test Solution

ADEPT-n MIMO Test Platform Improves Product Quality and Accelerates Time-to-Market of 802.11n Products

ACTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 14, 2007 -- Azimuth Systems, Inc., the leading provider of Wi-Fi engineering test equipment, today introduced the new ADEPT-n MIMO test platform, a scalable solution for testing 802.11n products that will allow vendors to improve Wi-Fi product quality and speed time-to-market. The ADEPT-n MIMO test platform is the industry's first single-box, point-to-multi-point tester that enables repeatable performance, interoperability and functional testing of 802.11n devices. The platform provides a flexible framework for semiconductor vendors, device manufacturers and service providers to test client and access points, as well as to conduct protocol testing using advanced built-in capture capability.

As the Wi-Fi market transitions to 802.11n, the ADEPT-n will succeed Azimuth's award-winning W-series 802.11 a/b/g performance test platform, currently in use by vendors representing more than 90% of the Wi-Fi industry. The ADEPT-n adds 802.11n testing capability with support for 4x4 MIMO paths and includes DIRECTOR™ II, Azimuth's second generation test executive software, featuring an intuitive user interface and powerful new test building capabilities that accelerate testing and lower the overall cost of test.

"The ability to bring high-quality Wi-Fi products to market quickly has been critical to Marvell's success," said Abuzar Saeed, director of software QA, Embedded and Emerging Business Unit, Marvell. "The use of Azimuth test equipment allows us to optimize product performance and improve time-to-market, and we expect the ADEPT-n solution to further accelerate our 802.11n product development efforts."

The ADEPT-n provides customers with a powerful testing platform for 802.11n product design, design verification testing (DVT) and quality assurance (QA) testing. This enables design engineers to test and debug performance algorithms or analyze traffic protocol across communication states; DVT engineers to validate interoperability between MIMO and/or SISO products; and QA managers to run regression tests or benchmark tests using standard scripts such as range and roaming, or by running custom scripts.

"The Azimuth ADEPT-n solution is the industry's most flexible engineering test platform for assessing the performance and interoperability of 802.11a/b/g/n products," said Jeff Abramowitz, vice president of marketing at Azimuth. "Customers can speed time-to-market by finding issues earlier in the development cycle, shrinking test cycle and execution times and making better use of data shared across development organizations. In addition, the integrated single-box architecture is both scalable and remarkably cost -effective."

The state-of-the-art ADEPT-n MIMO test platform offers unique flexibility for automated testing of 802.11 wireless systems. Key features of the ADEPT-n include:

--  DIRECTOR™ II Test Executive, an easy-to-use software application
    that enables users to manage device configuration and tests, run proven
    standard scripts or build custom scripts, and schedule overnight regression
    testing from a single, central console;
--  STUDIO™ centralized database and reporting software that enables
    sharing of test data between labs and functional groups;
--  Additional elements of the Azimuth Approach to wireless IP testing
    that include SmartMotion™ technology for virtual motion, RadioProof®
    enclosures for repeatability, Real2Real™ architecture for
    interoperability test and the TestMAC® tool for capture and analysis;
--  A 4x4 MIMO architecture for future MIMO capabilities that features
    controlled paths with low loss and high RF isolation;
--  Integrated internal 802.11a/b/g/n traffic capture that supports
    today's leading MIMO solutions  and supports the new Wi-Fi Alliance Test
    Engine approach;
--  Configuration flexibility allowing cascaded ADEPT-n units for
    sophisticated multifunctional DVT/QA testbeds.
    
With the introduction of the ADEPT-n MIMO test platform, Azimuth's product portfolio includes the most comprehensive MIMO Wi-Fi test capability in the industry. The ADEPT-n MIMO test platform is unique in its ability to simulate a static MIMO channel for repeatable point-to-multi-point testing. Azimuth also offers the ACE™ 400NB MIMO Channel Emulator, which provides dynamic channel emulation for thorough point-to-point multipath performance analysis.

Configurations and Availability

The ADEPT-n is available in several engineering and QA test configurations, from base engineering solutions to full QA solutions, and is currently shipping to early access partners. In addition, Azimuth is also shipping a new testbed accessory, the MIMO Static Channel Simulator (STACSIM), which can help facilitate disciplined MIMO testing.

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, interoperability 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 www.azimuthsystems.com.

Azimuth®, RadioProof® and TestMAC® are registered trademarks of Azimuth Systems and DIRECTOR™, STUDIO™, SmartMotion™, Real2Real™ and ACE™ are trademarks of Azimuth Systems. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • For additional information, contact:

    Graham Celine
    Azimuth Systems, Inc.
    978-268-9220
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    Jill Colna
    SVM Public Relations
    401-490-9700
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