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Wi-Fi Alliance(R) Chooses Azimuth Test Solution for Interoperability Test Environments.

ACTON, Mass. -- Azimuth ADEPT(TM)-WFA Platform Helps Automate Certification Testing

Azimuth Systems Inc., the leading provider of Wi-Fi engineering test equipment, today announced that the Wi-Fi Alliance(R) has chosen Azimuth's new ADEPT(TM) test equipment for inclusion in the Wi-Fi certification process for device manufacturers. The Azimuth ADEPT-WFA system is a standalone, intelligent device that will be included in future Wi-Fi Alliance certification testbeds to determine whether a product can be Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(R). It is the first commercial test equipment product to be integrated into the Wi-Fi Alliance's stringent certification process.

"We always strive to offer our members the best possible testing capability for Wi-Fi interoperability," said Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

The Azimuth ADEPT-WFA is an intelligent device that provides advanced capabilities for conformance testing of NAV (network allocation vector), PLCP (physical layer convergence procedure), and Security Attacker functionality. These tests are required as part of the Wi-Fi interoperability test procedure for all 802.11a/b/g products.

"The Wi-Fi Alliance's commitment to, and promotion of, interoperability among all wireless vendors has facilitated customer confidence and unprecedented market growth," said Jeff Abramowitz, vice president of marketing at Azimuth Systems. "Azimuth currently provides test equipment to more than 50 Wi-Fi Alliance members, and we are pleased that the Alliance is now utilizing our technology for industry-wide certification. We appreciate their endorsement and look forward to working with them to move the industry forward with standardized test solutions."

Azimuth's Broad Wi-Fi Solution Portfolio

Azimuth's portfolio of Wi-Fi engineering test solutions includes products involved in automation of the Wi-Fi Alliance interoperability tests. Azimuth offers a suite of software scripts that run on Azimuth's W-Series platform and enable vendors to automate testing of 802.11a/b/g products with Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA(TM)), WPA2(TM), and Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM(TM)) as an internal pre-certification process. The software suite replaces manual solutions, allowing Wi-Fi vendors to reduce test time for the entire battery of tests from a few days or weeks to a few hours. This enables customers to pre-test in preparation for Wi-Fi Alliance interoperability testing as a regression test on a nightly basis rather than testing as a final QA procedure.

The Azimuth W-Series is the industry's first standardized test solution for system-level testing of IEEE 802.11 wireless access points, clients and application specific devices such as dual-mode cell phones. Azimuth's patented system approach offers an ideal environment to perform design validation, system performance and interoperability testing in addition to certification and conformance testing to the latest industry standards. The engineering desktop versions of the W-Series provide design engineers with a subset of the full-system capabilities at a fraction of its price. The company recently announced the ACE(TM) 400NB, the industry's first multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) channel emulator for testing next-generation Wi-Fi products. RadioProof(TM) enclosures were also announced; they provide complete radio frequency (RF) isolation to enable repeatable testing of MIMO or SISO Wi-Fi products, as well as broad-based wireless technologies including cellular, Bluetooth and WiMAX.

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) and RadioProof(TM) are trademarks of Azimuth Systems. Wi-Fi(R), Wi-Fi Alliance(R) are registered trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance; and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM), WMM(TM), WPA(TM), WPA2(TM) are trademarks of the Wi-Fi Alliance.
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