Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Icera and Rohde & Schwarz team up on LTE

BRISTOL, UK & MUNICH, GERMANY: Icera and Rohde & Schwarz are working together on Rohde & Schwarz’s LTE protocol conformance test program to enable the wireless industry to certify and deploy LTE technology successfully and more quickly. Both Icera and Rohde & Schwarz are industry leaders in the development of multimode LTE products.

The Global Certification Forum (GCF) is currently working towards introducing LTE certification by the end of 2010. This will coincide with an expected wave of LTE service and device launches. Rohde & Schwarz already supports four different frequency bands and offers more than 100 test cases for FDD.

Steve Allpress, CTO and VP Modem Software of Icera Inc., said: "Our soft modem technology is proving a real game changer for LTE. There is a great deal of talk in the industry about bolstering LTE roadmaps, but in reality there are only a handful of players with a commercially available LTE solution and Icera is one of those companies.

"Similarly, Rohde & Schwarz was the first supplier on the market with test solutions for LTE. We are delighted to be working with them on the ongoing development of their comprehensive LTE test case package which meets the industry’s need for thorough LTE device testing programs and which clearly demonstrates Icera’s LTE solution meets the industry’s rigorous certification requirements."

Anton Messmer, Director of the Mobile Radio Testers Subdivision, states: "We are the only manufacturer on the market who supports the four standards, LTE, WCDMA, GSM and CDMA2000, for protocol conformance tests in a single device. With our flexible R&S CMW500 multistandard platform, we provide a compact, stable solution for our customers. We look forward to again demonstrating its value when we team up with Icera, the innovative, multimode chipset manufacturer."

Icera maintains its leading-edge roadmap for next generation air interfaces due to its unique software-defined baseband technology, currently supporting multimode 4G (LTE), 3G (HSPA) and 2G (GSM) standards with its latest small form factor, multimode LTE platform, Espresso®410.

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