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octoScope Unveils octoBox OTA Testing Platform for Wireless Devices

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August 05, 2011

octoScope Unveils octoBox OTA Testing Platform for Wireless Devices

By Shamila Janakiraman
TMCnet Contributor


octoScope (News - Alert) Inc. announced that its wireless testing product, octoBox, is capable of enhancing the way multi-radio devices such as smartphones and USB dongles are designed, tested and verified.

In a release Fanny Mlinarsky (News - Alert), president of octoScope said, “Our goal in launching octoBox is to enable OEMs to efficiently test smartphones and other such wireless devices fully assembled with their antennas.”

Also it was revealed by the wireless solutions and services company that the octoBox can enable accurate OTA testing of conventional and MIMO wireless devices in a customizable refrigerator sized anechoic (non-echoing) enclosure. This will eliminate need for expensive walk-in anechoic chambers and facilitates test setup.

octoBox incorporates a repeatable and accurate test and validation methodology and hence reduces development and production costs for multi-mode wireless devices. This in turn reduces time to market significantly.

 “Our engineers have miniaturized a typical OTA test setup into a compact self-contained solution. octoBox provides stable and controlled measurements that reduce development and test time while increasing test coverage and product reliability. For fast production, octoBox supports simultaneous testing of up to eight small devices, such as smartphones, and simultaneous testing of multiple radios in a single device,” Mlinarsky added.

With connectivity becoming imperative across the world multiple radios such as 2G/3G, LTE (News - Alert), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS are incorporated into different products. Also devices like smartphones and pads with multiple integrated antennas have to undergo rigorous OTA testing, said officials.

In such cases octoBox enables OTA testing featuring the necessary accuracy and repeatability of conducted testing. The octoBox test platform is capable of ensuring OTA test stability and repeatability in an optimum form factor that can be used in a small environment like a production lab.

Officials added that a  single octoBox can enable simultaneous parallel testing of eight or more fully assembled smartphones via their antennas in a small area like that of a desk.

The octoBox can be used to measure a DUT’s 3D antenna pattern and can also integrate test equipment, including a MIMO channel emulator, interference generators, RF sensors, data monitors and other instruments.

Besides it offers support to a wide frequency range from 700 MHz to 6 GHz. It can test multi-radio smartphones, with radios that include cellular, 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, emphasized company sources.

octoScope also announced its participation in NIWeek, National Instruments (News - Alert) 17th annual technology conference.

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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