Sequans Selects Azimuth Systems ACE MX MIMO Channel Emulator for Testing of LTE and WiMAX Chipsets
ACTON, MA – June 28, 2010 –
Azimuth Systems, Inc., a leading provider of
wireless channel emulators and broadband wireless test equipment, today announced that the company’s
ACE™ MX MIMO channel emulator has been selected by
Sequans Communications, a leading 4G chipmaker, for testing
of its LTE and WiMAX chipsets. Azimuth’s ACE MX wireless channel emulator is the leading solution for advanced
channel emulation, providing capabilities required for efficient, automated and repeatable testing of the next
generation of wireless, carrier-grade LTE and WiMAX solutions, which employ OFDM and advanced antenna techniques
such as MIMO.
Sequans is a leading provider of WiMAX semiconductor solutions and in 2009 expanded to
address the LTE market, launching an LTE development program backed by Motorola and Alcatel-Lucent. Azimuth’s ACE
MX wireless channel emulator will be used to test the first of Sequans’ SQN3000 series LTE chips, the SQN3010.
SQN3010 along with SQN3010-powered USB dongles were recently delivered to China Mobile for its launch of the
world’s first TD-LTE demonstration network in Shanghai.
“As we look to leverage our international success
in the WiMAX market to become a leading provider of LTE chipsets, it was essential that we chose a testing
solution that would be able to suit the needs of both technologies with features such as bidirectional
capabilities and TDD support,” said Bertrand Debray, vice president of engineering, Sequans Communications. “We
chose to use Azimuth’s ACE MX wireless channel emulator because of its superior RF fidelity and the multi-standard
coverage it provides. We have found it to be a flexible, easy-to-use and a reliable testing solution that
significantly reduces test costs and time, and ultimately ensures the delivery of higher-quality LTE and WiMAX
The ACE MX wireless channel emulator utilizes advanced digital signaling processing
technology to allow real-time testing of MIMO and SISO wireless devices in a multipath fading environment. It
provides dynamic channel emulation that scales for testing single channel devices up to MIMO 4x4 devices – or even
up to 8x4 MIMO – and features dedicated bi-directional channel modeling that can accurately emulate real world
wireless over-the-air conditions in both the downlink and uplink paths simultaneously. TDD and FDD modes are also
supported and the ACE MX offers an extremely easy-to-use graphical user interface.
“We’re extremely pleased Sequans has selected the ACE MX MIMO channel emulator to both maintain the quality of its
extensive WiMAX product line, as well as to enable its advancement in the LTE space,” said Pete Paglia, vice
president of sales and business development at Azimuth Systems. “Our customers continue to benefit from the ACE
MX wireless channel emulator’s ease-of-use, advanced features and future-proof architecture to create
revolutionary products that will power the next generation of the mobile internet for years to come.”
About Azimuth Systems Azimuth Systems is a leading provider of wireless channel
emulators, wireless broadband test equipment and integrated solutions 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.