Wi-Fi test modules sell quickly; product line expands
Azimuth Systems Inc ., a leading provider of Wi-Fi engineering test equipment, said since its August 2003, W-series test-platform introduction, it has shipped more than 1,000 modules to over 75 customers worldwide. It cited Sam Lucero, of ABI Research , in stating that its customers accounted for 95% of all Wi-Fi units sold in 2005.
The latest additions to its product line include:
• ACE 400NB—which it claims is the industry's first multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) channel emulator for testing Wi-Fi products; and
• MIMO-ready RadioProof enclosures—providing RF isolation to facilitate more accurate testing of Wi-Fi, cellular, Bluetooth, WiMAX, and other wireless technology products.
• A desktop platform that provides Wi-Fi design engineers with a compact and cost-effective solution to meet their testing needs. Three desktop-solution bundles are offered.
Besides new products, Azimuth has enhanced its W-Series 802.11 test platform with functionality upgrades. Azimuth says that its Studio software is the first Wi-Fi data management application enabling collection, correlation and analysis of critical test data from multiple sources. Studio works in tandem with the upgraded Azimuth Director software, the central software tool that executes test scripts for individual Azimuth test-platforms. All Azimuth products feature the patented SmartMotion attenuation system for the precise measurement of performance-over-range. Unlike internally built test-solutions and field-testing, Azimuth says its Wi-Fi test platform provides repeatable, scaleable, and automated test results.
Azimuth also announced that the Wi-Fi Alliance will be using its new Adept test equipment in the Wi-Fi certification process for device manufacturers—marking the first commercial test equipment hardware to be selected for the organization’s certification process.
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— Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering