Aeroflex and the Beijing StarPoint Telecommunication Software Company have announced an agreement to jointly develop the first, full TD-SCDMA protocol conformance test system. TD-SCDMA is the 3G technology standard being developed by the Chinese Academy of Telecommunication Technology (CATT) that is expected to be the primary 3G technology in use during the forthcoming Beijing Olympics.
With TD-SCDMA mobile terminal and basestation technology now reaching maturity, the protocol conformance test system to be jointly developed by Aeroflex and Beijing StarPoint will support its commercial roll-out, both speeding up and decreasing the cost of deployment by reducing the requirement for extensive field and interoperability trials.
To expedite the development of the TD-SCDMA protocol conformance test system, both Aeroflex and Beijing StarPoint will make available technology for the project from its existing products. Already a global leader in protocol conformance test with extensive experience in developing GSM, CDMA and W-CDMA test systems that have been widely adopted by the wireless communications industry, Aeroflex has been tracking the development of the TD-SCDMA standard since 2001. Additionally Beijing StarPoint has developed and is already shipping a TD-SCDMA mobile tester – the SP6010 – which also utilises Aeroflex’s PXI modules.
“Apart from Beijing StarPoint’s SP6010 mobile terminal tester, only relatively simple test equipment such as signal generators and spectrum analysers has been available to date for TD-SCDMA,” said Stephen Hire, Aeroflex Asia’s Director of Marketing. “Our agreement with Beijing StarPoint marks a significant milestone in the development of the sophisticated protocol conformance test systems needed to support the rapid roll-out of TD-SCDMA.”
“With around 500 million mobile phone subscribers, making China the world’s largest single market, the opportunity for TD-SCDMA is enormous,” said Dr Xu Guo Xin, CEO of Beijing StarPoint Telecommunication Software Company. “Our agreement with Aeroflex will ensure the rapid development of a full TD-SCDMA protocol conformance test system and reinforce our ability to meet early market demand for comprehensive TD-SCDMA test solutions.”
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About Aeroflex Test Solutions, Wireless Division
Aeroflex Wireless offers a full range of protocol, physical layer and parametric test solutions for the cellular communications industry. Its products address infrastructure and mobile handset testing and support all stages of mobile phone and radio access network equipment development and deployment. Applications include R&D, conformance, production, installation and commissioning, field service, and network optimization. Aeroflex’s wireless products test all key 2G, 2.5G and 3G wireless technologies including UMTS, cdmaOne, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE and WiMAX worldwide.