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EB launches first commercial MIMO Over-The-Air (OTA) emulator for mobile terminal testing

Oulu, Finland (February 23, 2010) – EB (Elektrobit), a developer of cutting edge embedded technology solutions for wireless and automotive industries, today announced the industry’s first commercially available Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) Over-the-Air (OTA) emulator to increase the performance and data rate of MIMO mobile terminals. Previously, EB delivered a custom solution for LG Electronics and now is making it commercially available for other mobile terminal vendors as well as to wireless operators. With the new MIMO OTA emulator EB’s customers can benchmark the performance of mobile devices for Quality of Service (QoS), data throughput, latency and spectrum availability to select the best devices needed to address the growing adoption of higher data rate applications such as the ability to download graphics, play games and watch video.

Traditionally, OTA testing focused on Single-Input-Single-Output (SISO) devices by only measuring power and antenna efficiency. With MIMO OTA testing, EB’s customers can now assess the true performance of the terminal as a whole. It allows them to evaluate different designs in a fully repeatable and realistic wireless network environment so they can test all critical parts of the mobile terminal design at once, including antennas, RF front end and baseband processing. This eliminates the need for cables and test connectors leaving the mobile device intact, which provides more accurate results of how the device will perform in a real-world environment.

“As consumers continue to demand higher data rate applications for e-mail, video and social networking, we see an increased need for new mobile devices to utilize MIMO technology to improve wireless capacity,” said Antti Sivula, senior vice president of EB’s Wireless Communications Tools Business. “The more complex these terminals become, the greater the need for an easy-to-use and repeatable MIMO OTA testing method. Our EB Propsim F8 MIMO OTA emulator provides a reliable testing solution to produce accurate results to evaluate the real- world performance of mobile devices for mobile terminal vendors, wireless operators, certified test houses and antenna manufacturers.”

The EB Propsim F8 MIMO OTA emulator is designed to meet the conformance and beyond- conformance testing requirements of WCDMA, HSPA, 3GPP Long Term-Evolution (LTE), WiMAX and WLAN.