EB (Elektrobit), a developer of cutting-edge embedded technology solutions for wireless and automotive industries, and SATIMO, an industry leader in electromagnetic field measurements in the microwave frequency range, have agreed to partner on MIMO Over-the-Air (OTA) testing. The partnership combines the expertise of both companies to offer a test solution that integrates the best performing technologies: multi-probe spherical measurement geometry, instantaneous calibration of the test system and high performance radio channel emulator.

"As the end-user performance requirements of new MIMO mobile devices constantly increase, it introduces new testing challenges for wireless device manufactures. We are glad to be able to provide a reliable and easy-to-use solution to the market together with our partner SATIMO," said Antti Sivula, Senior Vice President of EB's Wireless Communications Tools Business.

EB launched what is claimed to be the industry's first commercially available MIMO OTA emulator in February 2010. The EB Propsim F8 MIMO OTA emulator can produce signals in any geometry based channel model for a flexible number of probes. The emulator is integrated in SATIMO's testing solution, together with a circular multi-probe arch, an instantaneous calibration unit, an amplification unit and a radio communication tester. This partnership provides a fully-operational MIMO OTA testing solution for the Telecom industry.

"The demand for such a solution has been growing strongly in the last few months. We are proud to offer, thanks to this partnership, a solution that perfectly fits the needs of wireless device manufacturers in terms of speed, performance and flexibility," said Gianni Barone, Sales Director of SATIMO.