Azimuth’s ACE MX2 MIMO Channel Emulator Delivers Real World Test Capability
for MU-MIMO, InterRAT, and
Carrier Aggregation Deployments
May 7, 2012 Press Release
-- Includes Advanced Channel Modeling Capabilities and New Ease-of-Use Features
ACTON, MA, May 7, 2012 - Azimuth Systems, Inc., a
leading provider of comprehensive real world
wireless test solutions for 2G/3G/4G, LTE-Advanced and beyond, today announced that its new ACE™ MX2 MIMO
channel emulator supports advanced testing configurations such as MU-MIMO, InterRAT, and Carrier Aggregation
scenarios. Additionally, the ACE MX2 MIMO channel emulator features Azimuth’s most advanced geometric modeling
capabilities to enable real world test with the advanced antenna models necessary for testing of leading edge base
stations and full dynamic channel modeling.
ACE MX2 MIMO channel emulator is based on the proven, reliable, and award-winning
ACE MX channel
hardware platform and has been designed to create accurate and repeatable results within the laboratory
environment. With the ACE MX2 wireless channel emulator, Azimuth has uniquely developed a platform that delivers
on the performance, channel density and future-proofing requirements demanded by the marketplace for accurate real
world wireless testing, while meeting the increasingly demanding facilities requirements of modern test labs. It
is the smallest, quietest, highest channel density, MIMO channel emulator available today, while also offering the
lowest power consumption.
Azimuth’s dynamic channel modeling capability enables detailed control of a comprehensive set of channel
parameters and provides the precision control of channel conditions necessary for thorough testing and evaluation
of complicated deployment environments such as those found on today’s high speed trains. Deliberately engineered
to support the latest wireless network architectures evaluated and deployed around the globe, the ACE MX2 MIMO
channel emulator supports implementation of complex MU-MIMO test beds as well as evaluation of Carrier Aggregation
scenarios. The ACE MX2 MIMO channel emulator also features built-in real time fading, including industry standard
models or custom designed models that allow users to recreate a variety of typical MIMO scenarios for accurate
performance and interoperability testing, with up to 64 channels available in a scalable configuration.
The ACE MX2 MIMO channel emulator’s world-class features include industry-leading RF fidelity; TDD and FDD
operation; bi-directional operation in a single unit; support from SISO up to 8×4 MIMO systems; and a
user-friendly, advanced management interface. Enhanced features also include new automation capabilities such as
Azimuth’s latest benchmarking module for multiple UEs, and new ease of use features that make it easier to analyze
and compare results -- all in a scalable and modular solution that integrates with all of Azimuth’s existing
FTL Field-to-Lab and
RPM Real World Performance Measurement.
Equally significant are the stunning reductions in power size and weight. With the ACE MX2 wireless channel
emulator, Azimuth has achieved about a 60% reduction in size and weight as compared to previous solutions.
Additionally, the ACE MX2 channel emulator significantly reduces power consumption and noise, dramatically
improving the environmental conditions for today’s crowded wireless test labs.
“As market requirements
continue to evolve, the complexity of real world test challenges has also grown significantly,” said Jim Iuliano,
president and CEO of Azimuth Systems. “Azimuth’s growing portfolio of real world wireless performance testing
products is designed to deliver automated test solutions that measure and assess how the radio RF environment
impacts both infrastructure and device performance for the entire wireless ecosystem. The ACE MX2 channel emulator
delivers on this promise by addressing the current real world testing requirements of the newest generation of
wireless access technologies including MU-MIMO, InterRAT, and carrier aggregation, as well as anticipated future
needs, to provide the industry’s leading channel emulator for real world testing of MIMO RF systems.”
new ACE MX2 MIMO channel emulator is enabled by
Azimuth’s Director II™
software for test management and automation. The latest enhancements to Director II provide critical testing
information for recreation, visualization, troubleshooting and automation, making it the most robust testing
software suite in the industry.
The ACE MX2 MIMO channel emulator will begin shipping to customers in
About Azimuth Systems
Azimuth Systems is the leading provider of comprehensive real world
wireless test solutions for 2G/3G/4G, LTE-Advanced and beyond. Azimuth offers field-proven, solutions-focused
automated wireless test equipment that brings the makes testing more affordable and reliable by increasing the
scope of testing while enabling real world performance testing across the entire product design cycle, resulting
in high quality devices that perform as expected in the field.
The company is based near Boston,
Massachusetts, USA and may be contacted at +1 (978) 263-6610 or at
www.azimuthsystems.com. Follow Azimuth Systems on Twitter at:
Azimuth® is a registered trademark of Azimuth Systems and ACE™ is a trademark of Azimuth Systems.
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Azimuth Systems, Inc.