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Azimuth Systems Announces Voice over Wi-Fi Handset Test Suite; Automated Tests Enable the Verification of Voice Quality, Roaming Performance and Power Consumption of VoWi-Fi and Converged Cellular/Wi-Fi Handsets.

BOSTON -- Azimuth Systems Inc., the leading provider of Wi-Fi(R) engineering test equipment, today announced a Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) test suite that enables service providers, handset providers and semiconductor vendors to streamline the testing of VoWi-Fi phones and converged wireless devices. The powerful new version of the VoWi-Fi Handset Test Suite adds power consumption testing to the automated scripts, and allows vendors to analyze voice quality, roaming performance and battery life of wireless VoIP handsets under various motion and traffic conditions. The suite runs on Azimuth's award-winning W-Series test platform, and includes a simpler, richer development toolkit that can improve the quality and time-to-market delivery of VoWi-Fi handsets.

The VoWi-Fi Handset Test Suite utilizes Azimuth's sophisticated TestMAC(TM) motion emulation and automated traffic generation in completely isolated RadioProof(TM) enclosures to ensure the accuracy and repeatability of results. It can be used to conduct the following automated tests:

--Handset Range Test: Evaluates voice quality as the distance between a handset and access point (AP) increases. The system's MOS (Mean Opinion Score) vs. range is determined by measuring delay, jitter, packet loss and transmission rate as path loss is gradually increased, or by using an external Voice Quality Test measurement device.

--Handset Roaming Performance Test: Measures roaming time and analyzes protocol behavior as a handset roams between APs. Controlled roaming times reduce the impact of packet loss, which degrades call quality each time a handset switches to a new AP.

--Power Consumption Test: Determines the current draw characteristics and expected battery life of a handset in a variety of usage scenarios.

"Voice over Wi-Fi enabled handsets are proliferating, but they vary greatly in terms of performance," said Jeff Abramowitz, vice president of marketing at Azimuth Systems. "Azimuth equipment is being used by leading vendors to optimize their product designs and by service providers to qualify handsets for use on their networks. The new VoWi-Fi Handset Test Suite adds the power consumption tests and engineering development tools required to meet the demands of the VoWi-Fi market."

The VoWi-Fi Handset Test Suite is a software package that runs on Azimuth's W-Series test platform, currently used by more than 90 leading Wi-Fi vendors. The software suite can also be delivered as part of a pre-packaged bundle specifically aimed at handset testing, the VTB-VHS. It features easy-to-use test scripts that simplify configuration and provide the flexibility to support a broad range of devices and scenarios. The software suite now incorporates power consumption testing and also includes a development toolkit that has been upgraded with a new user interface and on-line programming guides.

The VoWi-Fi Handset Test Suite is being demonstrated at Fall VON in Boston at booth #1249 and will be available on October 10th.

VoWi-Fi Handset Test Follows the Azimuth Approach

The VoWi-Fi Handset Test Suite follows Azimuth's patented testing approach for providing unmatched repeatability, flexibility and automation for wireless data communications testing. The six key elements of the Azimuth Approach include: RadioProof(TM) enclosures that isolate the RF environment; SmartMotion(TM) technology to precisely control virtual motion between devices in the network; TestMAC(TM) technology to emulate clients and APs and to perform protocol behavior tests; a Real2Real(TM) architecture that enables interoperability testing between real world devices; Azimuth DIRECTOR(TM) test executive to provide an easy-to-use console for test and device management; and Azimuth STUDIO(TM) database management software for automated report generation and correlation of test results.

About Azimuth Systems

Azimuth Systems is a leading provider of wireless data communications test solutions. Azimuth's products are used by the world's foremost 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 www.azimuthsystems.com.

Azimuth(R) is a registered trademark of Azimuth Systems and RadioProof(TM), SmartMotion(TM), TestMAC(TM), Real2Real(TM), DIRECTOR(TM) and STUDIO(TM) are trademarks of Azimuth Systems. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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