Azimuth Systems Launches New Field-to-Lab Solution with the ACE MX MIMO Channel Emulator
New Solution Enables Advanced R&D Testing and Operator System Optimization
by Playback of Field-Collected Data through the ACE MX Wireless Channel Emulator
ACTON, MA – February 8, 2010 - Azimuth Systems Inc., a leading provider of wireless channel emulators and
broadband wireless test equipment, today announced a significant new Field-to-Lab (FTL) solution that allows
dynamically changing RF conditions collected by drive test tools to be replayed in the laboratory through the
company’s ACE™ MX Universal MIMO channel emulator. Laboratory playback of real-world field data offers R&D teams
the ability to test the robustness of products against actual channel conditions recorded in the field, enhancing
their ability to deliver high quality products that will operate as expected. Operators can also utilize the
Field-to-Lab solution to test devices prior to deployment as well as to troubleshoot, improve and optimize system
“The timing of Azimuth’s new Field-to-Lab solution is opportune as the wireless industry
works to introduce next-generation LTE and WiMAX products and solutions, which will utilize MIMO technology to
enhance system performance and achieve the high data rates expected,” said Olga Yashkova, research analyst with
Frost & Sullivan’s Test & Measurement practice. “MIMO product performance will vary substantially depending on the
RF environment and the use of field-based measurements with Field-to-Lab capabilities as provided by Azimuth and
the ACE MX wireless channel emulator will offer a solid foundation for improving product quality.”
Field-to-Lab solution has been designed to bridge the gap between laboratory test and field-measured test results.
Current laboratory product testing is typically performed using industry-approved and standardized channel models.
Statistical representations of channel conditions are very useful in representing generalized RF environments
needed for testing and certification, but they do not capture the unique and specific conditions experienced by a
device as it moves through RF conditions in an actual wireless network. With the new Field-to-Lab solution for the
ACE MX wireless channel emulator, R&D engineers can augment current test conditions- testing products not only
using industry standard models, but with real-world conditions from actual field data collected from locations of
“The Field-to-Lab solution expands the scope of lab testing through the addition of real-world
field conditions to channel modeling, offering another unique testing capability for the ACE MX wireless channel
emulator,” said George Reed, vice president of marketing and product management at Azimuth Systems. “By utilizing
measurements of field data and playing them back through the ACE MX wireless channel emulator, R&D engineers and
operators can truly test device performance against the dynamics of the field before ever deploying products in
these environments. This capability will be particularly important as new LTE and WIMAX MIMO-based products are
delivered to the market and it will deliver measureable product quality improvements and time to market
A purpose-built, enhanced testing solution, the ACE MX wireless channel emulator is
architected to meet the demanding needs of Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO) and orthogonal
frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)-based systems. Featuring rich channel modeling and emulation capabilities,
the ACE MX wireless channel emulator enables equipment manufacturers and service providers to reliably and
accurately characterize the operation and performance of MIMO- and OFDM-based systems under a multitude of RF
The Field-to-Lab solution has already been successfully deployed by a major smartphone vendor.
Azimuth Systems will be showcasing the Field-to-Lab solution and the company’s complete line of wireless channel
emulator solutions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 15-18. Contact Graham Celine (below) to arrange
a meeting or for further information.
About Azimuth Systems Azimuth Systems is a leading provider of
wireless channel emulators and wireless broadband test equipment for Wi-Fi, WiMAX, LTE and 2G/3G 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 channel emulation and test 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.