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octoScope Press Release - June 29, 2011
octoScope Introduces Smartphone Industry's First Small Form Factor
-- octoBox reduces test time, enables fast, accurate and repeatable measurements of
Over-the-Air (OTA) Test Platform
assembled wireless devices
Marlboro, MA– August 2, 2011 -
octoScope, Inc., a wireless solutions and services company,
announced today its wireless testing product, octoBox™. octoBox revolutionizes the way multi-radio devices such as
smartphones and USB dongles are designed, tested and verified. It offers accurate OTA testing of conventional and
MIMO wireless devices in a customizable refrigerator sized anechoic (non-echoing) enclosure that replaces
expensive walk-in anechoic chambers and facilitates test setup.
Offering repeatable and accurate test and validation methodology, octoBox cuts development and production
costs for multi-mode wireless devices and speeds up time to market by several months.
“Our goal in launching
octoBox is to enable OEMs to efficiently test smartphones and other such wireless devices fully assembled with
their antennas,” said Fanny Mlinarsky, president of octoScope. “Our engineers have miniaturized a typical OTA test
setup into a compact self-contained solution. octoBox provides stable and controlled measurements that reduce
development and test time while increasing test coverage and product reliability. For fast production, octoBox
supports simultaneous testing of up to eight small devices, such as smartphones, and simultaneous testing of
multiple radios in a single device.”
“High-function test equipment that keeps pace with the requirements
of the rapidly-evolving wireless landscape is essential,” said Craig Mathias, a Principal with the wireless and
mobile advisory firm
Farpoint Group. “octoScope is meeting this challenge
with a compact and cost-effective solution to the OTA testing of contemporary MIMO-based products. The octoBox is
an exciting development that promises more reliable and robust products developed and brought to market faster
than ever before possible.”
More about octoBox
As the world becomes more connected, multiple radios (2G/3G, LTE,
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS) are incorporated into a variety of products. Devices such as smartphones and pads with
multiple integrated antennas require rigorous OTA testing. octoBox enables OTA testing with the accuracy and
repeatability of conducted testing. Existing solutions are either too small to accommodate far-field conditions
that make OTA testing accurate or too large, rendering them impractical for production and burdensome for R&D. The
octoBox test platform offers OTA test stability and repeatability in an optimum form factor that fits easily in a
production lab or an engineer's office. A single octoBox enables simultaneous parallel testing of eight or more
fully assembled smartphones through their antennas in an area no larger than a typical desk.
advent of LTE, multimode wireless devices (smartphones, USB dongles, CPEs) have become increasingly complex
especially when it comes to the number of supported standards (4G/3G/2G Broadband, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS) and
associated frequencies, which need to be tested, verified and validated. octoBox enables seamless RF technology
validation during development cycles and production in a compact, customizable form factor and provides stable
far-field conditions with advantages for OTA measurement accuracy, sensitivity and repeatability. Its dual-chamber
architecture, allows test instrumentation and the DUT to reside in the same enclosure, as a complete
self-contained test station isolated from the interference of neighboring stations.
In addition to
measuring a DUT's 3D antenna pattern, octoBox can integrate test equipment, including a MIMO channel emulator,
interference generators, RF sensors, data monitors and other instruments. It supports a wide frequency range from
700 MHz to 6 GHz and can be used for testing multi-radio smartphones, with radios that include cellular, 3G/4G,
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, all operating in different regions of the spectrum.
octoBox will be
NIWeek, August 2-4, 2011 at the Austin Convention Center
in the National Instruments RF Pavilion. For more information, please visit
Pricing and Availability
octoBox is available now. For unit and quantity pricing
information, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-978-222-3114.
octoScope, Inc. offers RF and wireless
technology solutions and consulting services.
For more information, please visit
www.octoscope.com or contact