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
ACTON, MA – 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
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
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