Azimuth Systems - Press Release 6-16-2008
Keithley and Azimuth Systems Announce Collaboration
to Create LTE,
WiMax RF Testing Solutions
Keithley Instruments, Inc.
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and Acton, Massachusetts – June 16, 2008 –
Inc. (NYSE:KEI), a leader in solutions for emerging measurement
needs, announces a joint effort with
a leading provider of wireless broadband test equipment and channel
WiMAX, 4G, and Wi-Fi (Acton, MA). Keithley is working with Azimuth
Systems to deliver critical end-to-end
MIMO RF test solutions to mobile handset manufacturers, infrastructure
vendors, and service providers for next-generation LTE and WiMAX testing.
Keithley and Azimuth will jointly discuss the solution at the WiMAX
Forum Global Congress in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at 1:15 PM on June
The joint Keithley/Azimuth solution will consist of
Keithley’s 4x4 MIMO RF Test System and Azimuth’s ACE™ 400WB channel
emulator. Together, the solution ultimately will allow test engineers
and designers to execute important tests, such as measuring resulting
packet error rate (PER)/bit error rate (BER) under varying and worst
case channel conditions. These tests are critical to ensure that 4G
and WiMAX devices will deliver the high throughput that subscribers
“The wireless industry is currently at an inflection
point - as radio architectures are moving from SISO to MIMO - presenting
engineers a new set of measurement challenges,” said Mark Hoersten,
vice president of business development for Keithley. “The Keithley RF
instrumentation has been designed from the ground up with MIMO measurement
capability in mind to help facilitate the transition. Working with Azimuth
allows us to provide customers a complete measurement solution.”
“The Azimuth ACE is the only channel emulator designed for MIMO
test and is proof of our commitment to deliver the critical test solutions
that make 4G a reality,” added Sudeep Gupta, vice president business
development for Azimuth Systems. “Working with Keithley will help our
customers accurately model how their products will function in the real
Azimuth and Keithley are leading the industry with next-generation
test capabilities. Keithley provides the industry’s most flexible MIMO-capable
vector signal generators (VSG) and vector signal analyzers (VSA), while
Azimuth is a leader in next-generation MIMO-capable channel emulators
for carrier-grade wireless communication. Azimuth builds the industry’s
only 4G channel emulator, which offers the best RF fidelity in the industry
and is able to support the EVM and SNR requirements of 4G technology.
It is also the only 4x4 bidirectional channel emulator able to support
MIMO and beam-forming applications.
Keithley provides the only
VSA/VSG MIMO-based solution with configurations of up to 8x8 channels.
Keithley’s 4x4 RF Test System offers continuous frequency coverage from
400MHz to 6GHz and a standard 40MHz measurement bandwidth, covering
WiMAX, LTE, and WLAN standards. The RF Test System is also the only
complete beam-forming ready solution, with phase-locked instrumentation.
Its coverage spans from SISO to easily upgradeable MIMO configurations
up to 8x8.
About Azimuth Systems
Systems is a leading provider of wireless broadband test equipment and
channel emulators for Wi-Fi and 4G technologies, such as WiMAX and LTE.
Azimuth's products are used by the world's foremost wireless semiconductor
designers, 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 broadband 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.
About Keithley Instruments, Inc.
With more than
60 years of measurement expertise, Keithley Instruments has become a
world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems from
DC to RF (radio frequency). Our products solve emerging measurement
needs in production testing, process monitoring, product development,
and research. Our customers are scientists and engineers in the worldwide
electronics industry involved with advanced materials research, semiconductor
device development and fabrication, and the production of end products
such as portable wireless devices. The value we provide them is a combination
of precision measurement technology and a rich understanding of their
applications to improve the quality of their products and reduce their
cost of test.
For More Information:
more information on Keithley's RF test solutions, visit
www.keithley.com/products/rfmicrowave or contact the company at:
Keithley Instruments, Inc.
28775 Aurora Road
Cleveland, OH 44139-1891
For more information on Azimuth’s ACE test solutions, contact
the company at:
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