Azimuth Systems Partners with Rice University’s Wireless Open-Access Research Platform (WARP) Group
Rice WARP Group to Utilize Azimuth’s ACE™ Channel Emulator for Extensive MIMO and RF Performance Testing on its
Scalable and Extensible Programmable Wireless Platform
ACTON, MA – May 11, 2009 – Azimuth Systems, Inc., a leading provider of wireless
broadband test equipment and channel emulators, today announced that the company has partnered with the Center for
Multimedia Communication, home of the Wireless Open-Access Research Platform (WARP) Group at Rice University.
Azimuth will provide Rice University with an ACE™ channel emulator to enable extensive research on advanced
transceiver architectures including beamforming, sphere detection and cooperative communications, to be conducted
during the summer of 2009. In addition to allowing direct testing capabilities for MIMO projects, Azimuth and Rice
University plan to collaborate on several research projects, which are poised to become part of 4G wireless.
A scalable and extensible programmable wireless platform, WARP was built from the ground up to prototype
advanced wireless networks. The open-access WARP repository allows exchange and sharing of new physical and
network layer architectures to build a true community platform, and is currently in use at 50+ research
organizations. Recognizing the importance of beamforming to increase the range of MIMO systems, the WARP Research
Group chose the ACE MIMO channel emulator due to its best-in-class RF fidelity, along with its ability to emulate
wireless over-the-air conditions in both the downlink and uplink paths simultaneously. In addition, WARP
researchers will use the emulator for advanced experiments in cooperative communications, cognitive wireless,
interference management and multi-hop mesh networks.
“With the goal of enabling both hands-on wireless
education and the pooling of ideas via open-access research, the WARP project is constantly seeking assistance
from wireless communication leaders like Azimuth Systems,” said Ashutosh Sabharwal, director of the CMC and lead
PI of the WARP project at Rice University. “The advanced features of the ACE provide us with unmatched testing
capabilities, which will allow us to build proof-of-concept prototypes for next-generation technologies on WARP.
Our experimental results will provide deep insights into operational networks, which often require a complex mix
of data-driven theoretical foundations and clean-slate experiments to produce deployable technologies.”
The Azimuth ACE Channel Emulator uses advanced digital signal processing technology to enable real-time laboratory
testing of MIMO, MISO and SISO devices in a multipath environment. It provides dynamic, real-time channel
emulation that scales for testing single channel devices to MIMO 4X4 devices (up to 32 channels), features
dedicated bi-directional channel modeling, extensive model and parametric customization tools, integrated RF
components and superior ease of use.
“We are excited to bring Azimuth’s industry-leading channel emulation
capabilities to Rice University and the WARP research group,” said George Reed, vice president of marketing and
product management at Azimuth Systems. “The channel emulator will enable the WARP research group to extensively
test characteristics inherent in the next generation of wireless broadband products, including beamforming as well
as other MIMO and performance-enhancing applications. This testing capability will result in high-performance
research that will help to advance the wireless community as a whole.”
About Azimuth Systems
Azimuth Systems is a leading provider of wireless
broadband test equipment and channel emulators for Wi-Fi, WiMAX, LTE and cellular 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 (978) 263-6610 or at
Azimuth® is a registered trademark of Azimuth Systems and ACE™ is a trademark of Azimuth Systems.