Azimuth Systems Inc., a leading provider of automated, real-world mobile performance test solutions, announced that Quantenna Communications Inc., a leading developer of 802.11ac and 802.11n semiconductor solutions for the next generation of ultra-reliable Wi-Fi networks, has selected the Azimuth’s scalable automated RF platform, Spider™, for its wireless development and product testing, and for its system verification within its ecosystem of carriers, home networking, and consumer electronics vendors.

Quantenna is known for its innovative industry technologies, such as the first commercial solution for 802.11ac with 4x4 MIMO, and the world’s fastest Wi-Fi with its 10G Wi-Fi connection featuring 8x8 MIMO. A natural choice for vendors and service providers interested in deploying cutting-edge technology, Quantenna provides carrier-class gateways to service providers worldwide, including AT&T, Orange, Telefonica, and OEM/ODM partners including Asus, Technicolor, and NetGear.

Among other factors, Quantenna selected Spider™ for its reliability, repeatability, ease-of-use, and end-to-end automation:

  • End-to-end automation of entire test-bed through a test executive that greatly simplifies the creation of even complex custom test cases without the need for a dedicated development team
  • Straight-forward ability to create and replicate test cases that can then be deployed across the Wi-Fi ecosystem
  • Unmatched repeatability and reliability not just from run-to-run but also across the entire ecosystem, facilitating correlation of test data across all vendors and service providers, thus shortening the time-to-market
  • Azimuth’s unique connection solution with its patented near field adapter ensures accuracy (unlike alternatives such as radiated testing in a shielded enclosure), reliability, and repeatability without the need to fine tune the position of devices

Sam Heidari, CEO of Quantenna Communications, said, “We have enjoyed a long, productive collaboration with Azimuth. We adopted their channel emulators in the early days of 802.11n since they offered the right mix of capability and ease of use. In Spider™, we see Azimuth continuing to deliver the innovative test solutions that are needed for the industry. We value the modularity and scalability of Spider. Spider complements Azimuth’s channel emulation portfolio and their expertise in re-creating field scenarios within the lab makes the migration to Spider seamless and it also gives us the option to expand in the future. We are excited by this opportunity to continue collaborating with Azimuth Systems.”

Peter Paglia, president, and CEO of Azimuth Systems, said, “Azimuth sees the market evolving where a larger and more diverse set of traditional and non-traditional wireless enabled devices are playing on an increasingly complex radio environment. This requires that lab-based testing more accurately recreate field conditions while becoming more scalable, cost effective, and applications specific. High data-value applications and use cases within the wireless industry and within several IoT vertical markets represent strategic growth areas for Spider. The connected home market is one such focus area for Azimuth within IoT. Quantenna is a strategic customer and partner of ours that is providing foundational technology that enables the connected home market to continue its rapid growth.”

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