San Diego, CA–
CTIA Enterprise & Applications- October 11,
octoScope, Inc., a wireless test solutions and services
company, today announced its newest product, ctoFade software.
octoFade includes a library that implements IEEE 802.11n standard channel models enabling test equipment
manufacturers and integrators to cost effectively and easily add channel emulation to test instruments used to
test MIMO (up to 4x4) or conventional radios. octoScope is also developing 802.11ac channel models and welcomes
inquiries about this offering.
octoFade customers, including vendors of MIMO signal generators and other such test tools, can use the
existing programmable logic (FPGAs) of their wireless test equipment or add FPGA capacity for channel emulation at
less than 5% of the cost of integrating an off-the-shelf emulator (typically priced in the US$200,000 range) into
the testbed. Engineers can use octoFade software to generate files of IQ test patterns for simulation or for
real-time streaming into the radio receivers being tested. octoFade software includes the first fully implemented
and rigorously verified software library of 802.11n channel models.
“octoScope has done it again, this
time with a novel approach to channel emulation that is both powerful and cost-effective,” said Craig Mathias, a
Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm
Farpoint Group. “Users of octoFade will produce the
next generation of MIMO products more quickly and at lower cost than has ever been possible before.”
“The development of complex MIMO radios requires testing with a channel emulator, which is currently an expensive
solution to buy off-the-shelf,” noted Fanny linarsky, octoScope president. “Channel emulators incorporate
sophisticated and costly RF front end circuitry already present in common radio test solutions, such as RF signal
and pattern generators. octoFade enables test equipment manufacturers and integrators to add channel emulation
logic to their products using the RF circuitry already present in their equipment.”
Channel modeling is
used for emulating real-life wireless environments in the lab to test wireless products, including 802.11n,
802.11ac and cellular/LTE radios, to assess radio performance in the presence of multipath and Doppler fading.
octoFade allows testing of MIMO radios in an emulated environment where the radios are subjected to controlled
hostile conditions such as motion and multipath. octoFade is available as C source code or binary code and can be
ported to FPGAs or parallel processing computing platforms, such as GPUs (graphics processing units) for real-time
low-cost channel emulation.
Pricing and Availability
octoFade software with IEEE 802.11n models is available now. octoFade can operate in the National Instruments
LabVIEW environment and as a CLI (command line interface) application in the Windows and Linux environments. The
API (Applications Programming Interface) C code can be compiled into different library formats, such as Windows
Win32 dynamic-link library (.dll) or Linux shared library (.so). For licensing fees, integration service fees and
volume pricing, please contact
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