EB Upgrades LTE Testing Solution With Enhanced MIMO and Beamforming Features

New features provide 100 percent increase in LTE testing capacity of the EB Propsim F8

Apr 05, 2011, 09:06 ET from EB, Elektrobit Corporation

OULU, Finland, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As LTE technology evolves, network vendors need the most efficient methods to develop and test LTE products to meet their time to market objectives. EB, Elektrobit Corporation (NASDAQ-OMX: EBC1V), a developer of cutting-edge embedded technology solutions for automotive and wireless industries, is constantly evolving their testing solutions to ensure LTE as an effective technology for higher data rates. LTE technology enhances networks by enabling high capacity mobile broadband applications and services while providing cost-efficient, ubiquitous mobile coverage. Today, EB announces the rollout of two LTE testing features in EB Propsim F8 – increased amount of fading channels for MIMO testing and enhanced modeling capability for beamforming testing – thus meeting the requirements of the LTE technology development.

"EB is the forerunner in the development of radio channel emulation solutions for LTE performance testing," said Janne Kolu, vice president, test tools at EB. "Our hope is that the continued innovation surrounding LTE products will expand the productivity of networks and operators to provide better universal wireless service. By focusing on measuring, modeling and emulating the radio channel, EB allows manufacturers to provide stronger products for their audiences. Through F8 testing, we are able to provide improved testing capabilities and a sophisticated graphical user interface."

1-to-4 MIMO Extension: Higher MIMO Testing Capacity, Improved Usability

The new feature enables affordable testing of bi-directional 4x4 MIMO with a single emulator unit. It is a flexible way to extend testing capacity as a single EB Propsim F8 with a limited number of channels can later be upgraded to the full configuration, 32 channels. With the feature, LTE testing capacity is raised by 100 percent thus enabling more cost efficient MIMO testing with a single product.

Beamforming – Versatile Modeling Capability for Beamforming Scenarios

With the beamforming application, EB launches to market a unique tool that makes possible the creation of dynamic user scenarios for testing LTE networks. EB now has available a full set of channel models for TD-LTE. The application also supports SCME*, WINNER+** and IMT-Advanced*** channel modeling. The application enables optimization of network performance, reliability and coverage giving the vendors the ability to create a competitive product portfolio for the LTE market. In addition to the beamforming tool, EB now offers a full set of ready-made TD-LTE channel models according to the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR).

With these new features added to the EB Propsim F8, EB is providing a cost effective solution that will allow LTE developers to go beyond basic product performance verification.

For more information on the EB Propsim F8 and its features, please visit:

*) SCME stands for Spatial Channel Model Extended and is one of the channel models in LTE  

**) WINNER+ stands for Wireless World Initiative New Radio+ and is a consortium to develop, optimize and evaluate IMT-Advanced -compliant technologies

***) IMT-Advanced stands for International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced and is one of the standards for LTE

Further information:
Joakim Granholm
Director, Marketing
EB Wireless Segment
Tel. +358 40 344 3733
Email: joakim.granholm@elektrobit.com

Meghan Callaghan
Ruder Finn Public Relations for EB
Tel. +1 212 715 1608
Email: callaghanm@ruderfinn.com

EB, Elektrobit Corporation

EB develops advanced technology and transforms it into enriching end user experiences. EB specializes in demanding embedded software and hardware solutions for the automotive industry and wireless technologies. The company's net sales for the year 2010 totaled EUR 161.8 million. Elektrobit Corporation is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. www.elektrobit.com

About EB Propsim

The first EB Propsim radio channel emulator was introduced in 1995. EB's philosophy in designing radio channel test solutions has always been uncompromised technical performance for the best emulation accuracy and realistic propagation environment. EB's competence in radio channel test equipment is achieved with a long involvement at the forefront of international radio channel research and solid experience in designing and developing state-of-the-art wireless products and systems. The continuous development of EB Propsim radio channel emulators and their patented technology runs at the forefront of the new requirements set by the wireless industry development, in which EB is actively participating to.

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