Advantest America Measuring Solutions Announces North American Launch of New Feature-Rich Radio Communication Tester
R4870 Radio Communication Tester Helps Ensure Interoperability of Bluetooth-Enabled Consumer Electronics
Edison, N.J.---Advantest America Measuring Solutions, Inc. (AAM), a subsidiary of leading semiconductor test and measurement solutions provider Advantest Corporation, rolls out the company's first radio communication tester to the North American market. Geared toward both R&D and production environments, the Advantest R4870 Radio Communication Tester is the industry's first Bluetooth instrumentation product that has the ability to test both a product's radio frequency (RF) characteristics and its interoperability with other Bluetooth-enabled products. This new tester will help manufacturers ensure that their Bluetooth-enabled devices conform to global specifications---a key step toward fulfilling the potential of the rapidly growing wireless technology aimed at providing a low-cost solution for establishing ad hoc, short-range wireless networks, connecting a variety of consumer-electronics devices.
In recent years, there has been a surge in global support for the Bluetooth specification. According to market research firm In-Stat/MDR, Bluetooth chipsets will climb from 10.4 million units in 2001 to 690 million units in 2006. This equates to a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 132 percent, with silicon revenue reaching an expected $2.7 billion in 2006. Bluetooth-enabled equipment produced will increase to 644 million units over the same period, with key markets including mobile phones, headsets and personal digital assistants (PDAs). For Bluetooth to become a true worldwide standard, manufacturers must first ensure that their Bluetooth-enabled products can actually provide the high level of interoperability that lies at the heart of the Bluetooth concept. Instrumentation equipment that can help increase manufacturing productivity while lowering test costs has thus become a key driver behind quickly bringing new Bluetooth products to market.
The R4870 conforms to Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) specifications in performing both RF and interoperability testing (communication test)-its built-in protocols for the execution of Blue Unit test cases (test programs used to ensure a minimum level of interoperability) will enable manufacturers to perform the SIG's communication tests without having to procure separate interoperability test equipment.
Makoto Nakahara, AAM president and chief executive officer, said, "This latest addition to our instrumentation portfolio is yet another example of Advantest's strong market and customer focus, as well as the company's ability to develop innovative solutions to meet the requirements of both. With the Bluetooth revolution ramping up quickly, versatile test equipment is needed that can ensure both the RF functionality and interoperability of products based on this exciting new standard. We are pleased to offer the Advantest R4870, a reliable, high-performance and cost-effective answer to this demand."
R4870 Features and Benefits
For testing of the Bluetooth radio layer, the Advantest R4870 is capable of performing tests on output power, modulation characteristics, initial carrier frequency tolerance, sensitivity and communication test (Blue Unit Test Cases), as defined by the Bluetooth SIG. In the near future, when used in conjunction with other test equipment such as spectrum analyzers and signal generators, the R4870 also will be capable of testing all the radio frequency requirements specified by the SIG. Manufacturers will thus have the power to perform pre-qualification testing and accelerate their certification process by a Bluetooth Qualification Test Facility (BQTF). The R4870 also features the ability to automatically start testing of Bluetooth modules via its embedded Host Control Interface (HCI) and can perform testing using a "dirty" transmitter signal (an irregularly modulated signal used to test a product's demodulation characteristics).
The second AAM product based on Advantest's flexible 'Wizard of Module Test' (WMT) architecture for ease of enhancing measuring-instrument functionality and performance, the R4870 system features an external frame with up to 20 slots for various combinations of modules. Users can easily switch or expand the modules to add new functions, with minimal additional investment required. To help shorten test times and thus reduce manufacturing costs, the R4870 comes with a unique high-speed testing mode function for manufacturing line and pre-shipment testing. To ensure high usability, the system incorporates a 12-inch color thin-film transistor (TFT) touch-panel display that lets test engineers quickly alter their testing setup.
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