Microlease has unveiled a new ‘pay-as-you-go’ test facility for start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in India. The Microlease Test Center of Excellence, which was officially opened on 12th April 2018, allows companies to reduce product development cycle times by providing flexible, low-cost access to the latest test technology.

“India is emerging as the forerunner in the next era of technology innovations. Microlease has been deeply involved with the Indian market for over a decade now and partners closely with various agencies, training institutes and technology companies to facilitate technology growth in India. We have already invested over $20 million in the Indian market, primarily in the Telecom testing sector. With the Test Center of Excellence, we look forward to further strengthening our ties with the Indian market.” said David Whitfield, CEO Asia, Microlease while explaining the importance of the new facility.

Based in the heart of the tech revolution in Bengaluru, India, the Center will help users address a broad spectrum of design and prototyping test challenges. The facility is based on an innovative model offering short-term rental of appropriate testing set-ups based on a huge inventory of test equipment from the world’s leading manufacturers. Users pay to use the facility on a daily or weekly basis.

The Microlease Test Center of Excellence is equipped with state-of-the-art, calibrated, hardware and software test solutions that support a broad range of applications including radio and microwave, semiconductor, wireless, IoT, 5G, digital interfaces, automotive electronics, aerospace and defense etc.

The guest of honor at the Center’s official opening was Salma K Fahim, Director IT&BT, KBITS, Government of Karnataka. The opening included a panel discussion featuring representatives from leading design, engineering, test and manufacturing companies including Cadence, Digital Circuits, Keysight, Mistral Solutions, Rohde & Schwarz, SLN Technologies, and Tektronix.

Commenting on the Bengaluru Center, Shailendra Kalra, Country Head, Microlease India stated: “By giving SMEs and start-ups improved, affordable and short-notice access to world class testing facilities, the Microlease Test Center of Excellence is an ideal initiative to facilitate various Government visions such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Design in India’. Using the Center, engineers will be able to easily scale, customize and provision test requirements. By finding test assets in seconds rather than days, we can help them reduce product development times and achieve faster time-to-market.”

In addition to the facility itself, Microlease can provide a variety of value added services, such as on-going training and support and consultation for the implementation of custom testing solutions. The company also offers an ‘intellectual property secure’ test environment for users by guaranteeing a ‘no data holding’ policy.