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Azimuth Systems Strengthens Leadership Position with Several Major Milestones; Wi-Fi Test Equipment Leader Ships 1,000th Test Module, Expands Product Line and Attracts Industry-Leading Customers.

ACTON, Mass. -- Azimuth Systems Inc., the leading provider of Wi-Fi(R) engineering test equipment, today announced several recent milestones that demonstrate the company's significant growth and sales momentum. In 2005, the company quadrupled its revenue and strengthened its position as the premier provider of test solutions for wireless devices and networks supporting data, voice and video applications. Since introducing its W-Series test platform in August 2003, Azimuth has shipped more than 1,000 test modules to over 75 customers worldwide. Azimuth customers accounted for 95% of all Wi-Fi units sold in 2005, according to Sam Lucero of ABI Research.

"As Wi-Fi continues to proliferate into a wider range of devices, vendors are increasingly using standardized, automated test tools from Azimuth to speed time-to-market and enhance product quality," said Ray Cronin, CEO of Azimuth Systems. "We now have a product portfolio that addresses broad testing needs within all the major Wi-Fi market segments. In 2006, we look forward to expanding our product line in advance of customers' new technology testing requirements."

The latest additions to Azimuth's award-winning product line are the ACE(TM) 400NB, the industry's first multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) channel emulator for testing Wi-Fi products, and the MIMO-ready RadioProof(TM) enclosures, which provide superior RF isolation to facilitate more accurate testing of Wi-Fi, cellular, Bluetooth, WiMAX and other wireless technology products. Azimuth also introduced a desktop platform that provides Wi-Fi design engineers with a compact and cost-effective solution to meet their particular testing needs. Three desktop solution bundles are offered that enable testing of standard PC clients, voice or application-specific clients and voice-capable infrastructure.

In addition to new platform products, Azimuth has enhanced its W-Series 802.11 test platform with significant functionality upgrades. Azimuth's STUDIO(TM) software is the first Wi-Fi data management application to enable the collection, correlation and analysis of critical test data from multiple sources. STUDIO works in tandem with the upgraded Azimuth DIRECTOR(TM) software, the central software tool that executes test scripts for individual Azimuth test platforms.

Azimuth's successful new solutions highlight the importance of standardized, automated test tools in the increasingly complex wireless product development environment. All Azimuth products feature its patented SmartMotion(TM) attenuation system for the precise measurement of performance-over-range. Unlike internally built test solutions and field testing, Azimuth's Wi-Fi test platform provides repeatable, scaleable and automated test results, which speeds time-to-market and improves wireless product quality.

Most recently, the company announced that the Wi-Fi Alliance(R) will be using its new ADEPT(TM) test equipment in the Wi-Fi certification process for device manufacturers - marking the first commercial test equipment hardware to be selected for the Wi-Fi Alliance's stringent certification process. Additionally, Cisco Systems, Inc.(R) approved use of the W-Series test platform for its Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) certification program, which ensures the compatibility of Wi-Fi devices with Cisco's industry-leading WLAN infrastructure. These partnerships streamline certification testing procedures and highlight Azimuth's position as the leader in Wi-Fi testing.

In 2005, Azimuth also expanded its customer base and international operations to include distribution of Wi-Fi testing equipment throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. The growth of Azimuth's network of customers and international channels in major Wi-Fi technology markets has strengthened the company's dominant position in the wireless data communications test market. It also ensures superior, specialized support and distribution of Azimuth testing solutions to leading international companies.

About Azimuth Systems

Azimuth Systems is a leading provider of wireless data communications test solutions. Azimuth's products are used by the world's leading wireless semiconductor, system vendors and service providers to speed time-to-market and improve wireless product quality. Azimuth's standardized test solutions enable research, development, QA and marketing engineers to test the performance, conformance and certification of wireless devices and networks supporting data, voice and video applications. The company is based in Acton, Massachusetts and is backed by prestigious investors including Kodiak Venture Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. Azimuth may be contacted at (978) 263-6610 or at

Azimuth(R) is a registered trademark and ACE(TM), ADEPT(TM), DIRECTOR(TM), RadioProof(TM), SmartMotion(TM) and STUDIO(TM) are trademarks of Azimuth Systems. Wi-Fi(R), and Wi-Fi Alliance(R) are registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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